Our Rifugio is involved in several projects of DAT (Donkey Assisted Therapy) both on site and in external facilities.
The therapy consists of different activities depending on the severity of the person's disability. Participants interact with the animals and their environment through grooming and walking sessions.
The benefits of animal assisted activities have been shown in studies and research from around the world. People suffering from physical and psychological problems can communicate without barriers. The animals show their affection and interest and the people involved enjoy this reassuring relationship.
Donkeys are well suited to this type of work thanks to their gentle natures, patience, small stature and slow yet constant pace.
Many people with special needs love being with the donkeys, petting, stroking and even cuddling them and the donkeys happily return the attention.
Despite having had hard lives before coming to the Rifugio, some of our donkeys are still young and healthy.
We choose a selected few with particularly gentle nature to interact with special needs people.
The donkeys interact enough to stay interested in what they do, but not so much that they become tired or bored.
A free service
This service is completely free of charge to participants, any related costs are funded by the Rifugio.
Adopt a donkey for a year to help pay for two therapy sessions.