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Dante and Margherita's love story

Dante and Margherita tell a story of suffering, fortunately with a happy ending. But above all they tell a love story.

Dante and Margherita arrived at the Rifugio in 2013. Their health conditions were very poor. Unfortunately, the world has not been kind to them, their bodies and souls were ailing. They arrived from the big seizure of Colleferro, a town between Rome and Frosinone. A place of horror where, in that year, hundreds of abandoned equidae had been left to die. We, at the Rifugio, recued and welcomed 52 of them. Their lives have now changed.

Dante e Margherita muli Colleferro

Goodbye John Florio

It is with great sorrow, that we had to say goodbye to John Florio, blue collar of the exclusive adoption, for years one of our beloved donkey therapists.

Abandoned in the Romanian countryside, deeply marked in the body and mind, he was found hungry and with a deformed limb due to a previous fracture never cured. Welcomed to the Refuge in 2008, at the age of six, he immediately stood out for his strong and combative character, typical of those who decide to react to a difficult life.

John Florio

Adoption update

One of the moments of greatest contact between those who work at the Refuge and donkeys is during grooming, which is where many anecdotes about the Magnificent Eight come from.


Back to the past: San Martino fair with the donkey

Il Rifugio degli Asinelli will be taking part in the patronal feast of San Martino, Sala Biellese, with a formula that has the flavour of the past: a walk with donkeys that will lead you to the heart of the fair of typical local artisan, gastronomic and minor antiques, organized by the Associations of Sala Biellese in collaboration with the Municipality.

At the San Martino fair with the donkey:


Care of donkeys through winter

When owning a donkey you have to be prepared for the cold winter months, winter care is about helping your donkey to withstand the lower temperatures and to stay healthy, rather than shutting them in completely.

Getting prepared for the winter

It’s important to be prepared and plan ahead for the winter.

Donkeys in the snow

Goodbye Chicca

With our deep sadness, Chicca (aged 31) who was the oldest donkey of the Refuge, has passed away following a severe case of colic that she was not able to recover from.

Born in 1988, Chicca was welcomed to the Refuge after having lived her first few years with two other donkeys on Lake Orta. Her owner was no longer able to care for them and for Chicca she thought of us, certain that she would find love, care and protection for life.


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, at the famous market show dedicated to the vegetable garden. and the autumn orchard that will take place on September 28th and 29th at La Malpenga (Via Scaglia 2, 13856 Vigliano Biellese), a historic park and villa in the Biella hills.



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