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Forthcoming events

Grooming Day
Sunday, 28 October, 2018 - 11:00 to 16:00

Grooming Days are monthly events to encourage meeting between humans and 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

Lampade a infrarossi nelle stalle per tenere al caldo gli asinelli

World Animal Day: turn on the light!

Today, 4 October, it's World Animal Day: please turn on a light to keep the donkeys safe and warm during the cold season.

Asinelli del Rifugio

From 1st October we'll close at 5 pm

These are the last days to stay with the donkeys until 6.30 pm: from Monday 1st October our Rifugio will close at 5 pm (opening time will be 10 am as usual).

Obama, asinello senza orecchie

Obama the earless donkey

It is impossible not to notice him in Rufus group: with his cropped ears, Obama, a lovely brown donkey rescued in Romania when he was a few months old, is really unique and unforgettable.

Spettacolo S. Martino Protettore a favore del Rifugio degli Asinelli

Play for Il Rifugio

The theater company Theoricon - Associazione culturale “Amici di Pedro” presents "S. Martino Protettore", politically un-correct comedy in two acts by Cristina Ramella Pezza. The amount raised (price for ticket is 10€)...

Helpfreely aiuta gli asinelli grazie al vostro shopping online

Helpfreely: your shopping helps the donkeys

613,38€: this is the amount generated in less than one year thanks to your online shopping and Helpfreely App™, the charitable project which raises funds for NGOs,...

L'asinello Coconut è pronto per l'affidamento

Re-homing goes wide: now all Italian Regions can apply

From Val d'Aosta to Calabria: our re-homing scheme extends to all Italian regions (Sicily and Sardinia excluded), to allow a growing number of...