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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.
It all started with a phonecall from make-up factory Neve Cosmetics, saying that our Rifugio was chosen to receive a generous gift of...
Dear friends, best wishes from donkeys, mules, hinnies and humans at Il Rifugio!
Christmas is coming and also the deadline for Christmas adoptions is approaching: to grant you to receive in time your adoption...
A few moments ago, our Italian Facebook page went over 100,000 fans!
We have had a very rich calendar of events this year and the last two ones didn't disappoint our faithful supporters!
Alin wears an elf beret, Ombra reindeer horns, Agostino Santa Claus hat...