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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

Donkey Baby


Many of you will remember Baby, a donkey born in 1993, who arrived at our Rifugio with the horse Sogno, who passed away in April 2018, from which she was inseparable. Our Baby is no longer with us since Tuesday afternoon, but we are sure that she...

Update on requests for visits

Considering the current pandemic situation, we can arrange appointments for educational and institutional purposes (classes, supporters who bought our Incontrasino Voucher, volunteers, charities and...

Group of donkeys during the recording of the TV programme

Il Rifugio guest of the TV programme "Dalla parte degli Animali"

We were contacted by the end of summer by the editorial staff of "Dalla parte degli animali", a broadcast on Rete 4 hosted...

Il Rifugio gradually resumes its activities

Il Rifugio gradually resumes its activities

We are happy to communicate with the upmost pleasure that Il Rifugio is gradually resuming its activities involving our public, with openings for educational and...

Calendario 2022 Rifugio degli Asinelli

Our 2022 calendar is now available

Once again, you can spend the new year along with our beautiful donkeys, mules and hinnies. The 2022 calendar of our Rifugio is now available on our online shop, both in wall and desk...

Gli asinelli Massimo e Nespolo

A new home for Massimo

Many of you will remember Massimo, a donkey born at our Rifugio in 2013 from Gelsomina, who arrived pregnant after the seizure of Colleferro.