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Forthcoming events

Donkeys
Saturday, 28 September, 2019 - 09:30 to Sunday, 29 September, 2019 - 18:00

Last year, the donkeys Alin and Amilcare were among the charms of the event "Gli orti della Malpenga" and soon it will be repeated: Il Rifugio...

Donkey grazing
Sunday, 29 September, 2019 - 10:00 to 18:30

It is a stellar grooming day the one planned for Sunday, 29th September 2019 at Il Rifugio degli Asinelli in Sala Biellese (BI).

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

Donkeys

Orti de la Malpenga

Last year, the donkeys Alin and Amilcare were among the charms of the event "Gli orti della Malpenga" and soon it will be repeated: Il Rifugio degli Asinelli ONLUS will be present, with human and donkey representatives...

Donkey grazing

Stellar Grooming Day

It is a stellar grooming day the one planned for Sunday, 29th September 2019 at Il Rifugio degli Asinelli in Sala Biellese (BI).

Sole

Sole is shining again

The period of isolation has ended for Sole and it is with his and our great joy that he was finally able to join one of our special guests: Moro, one of the 7 donkeys saved from the seizure of Alessandria.

Cooperagliando project

Launching new project for schools

Cooperagliando, a new project for schools of the province of Biella, Vercelli and the area of Ivrea has been launched by Il Rifugio degli Asinelli.

Il volontario Simone con Gegia

After the party

A thousand hearts beating for the donkeys: it was a huge emotion to see you so numerous, smiling (and, at times, a little moved) at the Great Summer Festival, which this year coincided with the culmination of the celebrations...

I vincitori del Contest Instagram Scatti raglianti

Instagram contest: the winners are...

141 posts in two months with the hashtag # Rifugio10, the official "brand" of our first Photocontest Instagram: among them we have selected sixteen photos, which will be exhibited along...