All events have been cancelled until further notice.
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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.
Our online shop and telephone sales line are currently closed until further notice due to nationwide COVID-19 restrictions. We will reopen as soon as possible, however at this stage, we are unable to provide any timescales.
Supporters who have received a gift shop catalogue can still post order forms to us, these will be processed once we re-open so please be aware there will be a delay receiving your items.
If you have placed an order this week, your order will be processed.
Many thanks for your continued support from the whole team here and of course all the donkeys.
New telephone number
Due to recent health and safety measures, our staff are currently working at home. To continue ensuring contact with the public, we have activated the following mobile number:
+39 340 7412578.
The number is active from Monday to Friday, from 9:00 to 17:00.
Of course, you can always write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our online store has reopened
You can find our gadgets here: https://store.ilrifugiodegliasinelli.org/
Please bear in mind...
In January 2019, the Rifugio degli Asinelli was involved in one of the largest seizures of equidae in recent years. In the province of Alessandria, over 40 donkeys were found in a state of neglect and in poor health...
The Rifugio degli Asinelli connects people who, for various needs, are no longer able to take care of their donkeys, mules or hinnies, with potential adopters.
Your 5x1000 represents an extraordinary contribution every year for Il Rifugio degli Asinelli. In 2018, thanks to the choice made by 2,287 people who signed and...
If we were to give a prize to the two most playful donkeys of the Rifugio, the winners would undoubtedly be Zenzero and Mirtillo.
Taddeo is 19 years old, and he is a beautiful all white donkey. He has a difficult past. Taddeo as well comes from the big seizure of Colleferro in 2013, the largest seizure of equidae that ever...