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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

Donkeys at Pavignano nursery for project IncontrASINIamo

IncontrASINIamo at Pavignano nursery

Another meeting between children and donkeys at a local nursery: after AsiNido project in Mongrando, our donkeys Alice and Primrose reached Pavignano for "IncontrASINIamo", a lovely...

Mimì with mum Giorgina

Happy birthday Mimì! One year of joy

On eyear ago, Mimì was moving her first steps carefully followed by mum Giorgina.

She was rescued, together with her best friend Paola and male donkeys Nettuno and Paolo, in...

The donkey was pushed off a ledge and into the tiger compound despite desperately attempting to cling on

Donkey Sanctuary’s “Shock & Disbelief” at Video of Live Donkey being fed to Captive Tigers in China

The Donkey Sanctuary reacted today with “shock and disbelief” at a...

Jessica with donkeys Alice and Primrose

Alice, Primrose and the smile-therapy

There's a fixed appointment for donkeys Alice and Primrose: every Tuesday they reach Domus Laetitiae, a facility for people with special needs in Sagliano Micca (BI).

Under The Skin campaign

Tanzania rejects skin trade by closing all donkey slaughterhouses

PRESS RELEASE from The Donkey Sanctuary - Tanzania is the latest country to help halt the trade in donkey skins for traditional...