Donate

Help us to protect donkeys and mules

Adopt

Join the adoption family and you'll have a friend for life

Sponsor

A unique way to support our ongoing work

Foster

Provide a home to a pair of donkeys

Forthcoming events

A moment of grooming in the elderly donkeys area
Sunday, 29 October, 2017 - 11:00 to 16:00

Grooming Days are special events when everyone can learn how to brush and take care of donkeys.

Yoga at El Refugio del Burrito
Saturday, 14 October, 2017 - 10:00 to 12:00

Come and join us for a 2-hour session of yoga amongst the donkeys, held by teacher Roberto Castellecci.

A moment of grooming in the elderly donkeys area
Sunday, 26 November, 2017 - 11:00 to 16:00

Grooming Days are special events when everyone can learn how to brush and take care of donkeys.

A moment of grooming in the elderly donkeys area
Sunday, 10 December, 2017 - 11:00 to 16:00

Grooming Days are special events when everyone can learn how to brush and take care of donkeys.

Donkeys at heart

Il Rifugio degli Asinelli was established in 2006 and is a subsidiary of The Donkey Sanctuary, UK founded in 1969 by Dr Elisabeth Svendsen MBE. It is only through her amazing devotion to donkeys and hard work that the Sanctuary grew to the international charity it is today. Over 50 million donkeys and mules exist in the world. Many need care and protection from a life of suffering and neglect, whilst others have a vital role to play in human survival and happiness; they are at the heart of everything we do here at Il Rifugio degli Asinelli.

Welcome to our family

We are delighted that you have decided to visit Il Rifugio degli Asinelli and that you share our love and compassion for donkeys and mules, such gentle and affectionate creatures. Our work is funded entirely by donations and legacy gifts. Your kindness and generosity will help us to care and protect one of the world’s most hard working and humble creatures and help enrich so many lives... for that we are truly grateful.

Latest news

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There is a brand new way to help: join Helpfreely.org and everytime you buy something in hundreds of online shop, an automatic donation will be made to our Rifugio. With no extra costs for you!

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Hay is fundamental for donkeys

We need your help to fill the feeders

The cost of hay, basic food for donkeys, keeps on rising: drought and supply difficulties have increased the price up to 18 € per 100 kilos (it was 12 € just some months ago) and we fear...

Volunteer and future Vet Thomas shows how to auscultate donkeys' heart

Pictures from our Summer Party

Mimi's attentive look while she waited to be groomed; Comptesse and Duchesse's happy faces, lined up to get cuddles; children and adults playing in the hay-pool; all the questions to our volunteers...

Mules of our Rifugio are full of energy

Our Rifugio is full of energy

For a couple of weeks, our Rifugio has started producing elettricity by its own thanks to a new photovoltaic system in the isolation area.

This will allow us to save up to 15% of yearly expenses...

Luca's closeup

Luca

We are still mourning Cristina and it's time to say goodbye to another donkey, our little, big warrior Luca. He lost his battle against an enemy too strong for him and for us who were fighting by his side: a colic with intestinal twist,...

2018 Wall Calendar

How to order 2018 calendars

They are here! 2018 wall and desk calendars are here for you. You can find them here at our Rifugio or contact us to get shipping quotes. If you live in Italy, you can order directly through our brand...