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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

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Foster

Provide a home to a pair of donkeys

Forthcoming events

Volontariato al Rifugio degli Asinelli
Sunday, 9 June, 2019 - 10:00 to 16:00

Do you want to make a real difference in donkeys' lives? Become a volunteer!

Brusche e striglie per il grooming al Rifugio
Sunday, 26 May, 2019 - 10:00 to 18:00

Would you like to spend a day together with our gorgeous donkeys, learn to brush them, cuddle them, learn about their stories and what we do for...

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

Volontariato al Rifugio degli Asinelli

Volunteers' Day

Do you want to make a real difference in donkeys' lives? Become a volunteer!

Join us for the Volunteer Day on Sunday 9 June and get to know us and discover all the ways you can help us.

Brusche e striglie per il grooming al Rifugio

Grooming Day May 2019

Would you like to spend a day together with our gorgeous donkeys, learn to brush them, cuddle them, learn about their stories and what we do for them?

Join the Grooming Day, the monthly event dedicated to...

Festa dell'ecologia

Banquet at Natural BI Life event

This Sunday our volunteers will be present with a banquet at the Natural BI Life event, a celebration of ecology dedicated to conscious lifestyles.

Yoga con gli asini al Rifugio

Ih-oh... ga! Yoga with the donkeys - May 2019

Welcome back Ih-oh...ga, an event you cannot miss if you like wellness, nature and donkeys!

A two-hour long yuga session, lead by teacher Roberto Castellucci, surrounded by...

Giochi tra Filippo e Nettuno

Filippo and Nettuno playing... toothball

We took a short video of the games between Filippo and Nettuno (in the first seconds, Agostino also makes a brief appearance), which, in reality, lasted much longer.

Il blocco di sale non deve mai mancare

Knowledge and advice

Whether your are a professional, an owner or just a donkey lover, find out more about donkeys and how to care for them properly with our essential advice on donkey care.