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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

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

Resident donkey at Il Rifugio

May-September 2022 openings to the public

Our next 2022 openings to the public will be on May, Saturday 28 and Sunday 29, from 10.00 until 05.30 P.M.

Resident donkeys at Il Rifugio

May 2022 Openings to the public

Our next 2022 openings to the public will be on May, Saturday 28 and Sunday 29, from 10.00 until 05.30 P.M.

Asinelli residenti al Rifugio degli Asinelli ONLUS

Second 2022 opening to the public

We are pleased to announce that the next day of opening to the public will be Sunday 08 May 2022, by reservation until the maximum number of participants is reached.

Shorty, resident donkey at Il Rifugio

New vacancy-groom

We have opened a new position as a groom to work among our wonderful donkeys. Applications must be sent through the specific...

Resident donkeys at Il Rifugio

First 2022 opening to the public

UPDATE: Maximum number of bookings reached.

Donkeys in group at Il Rifugio degli Asinelli

Update on activities

The pandemic situation certainly brought many differences in the life of each of us and not even our Rifugio has been excluded.Over the past two years we have consistently given priority to the wellbeing of our...