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Welcome Gigi!

Do you remember Rita, Peppino and Scheggia? In the last newsletter we told you about the story of this family, consisting of mom pony, daddy donkey and their mule son ... who now has become a big brother.

Baby mule Gigi

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We need your help to fill the feeders

The cost of hay, basic food for donkeys, keeps on rising: drought and supply difficulties have increased the price up to 18 € per 100 kilos (it was 12 € just some months ago) and we fear that soon it will go up to 20 €.

Every donkey at our shelter eats about 3.5 kilos of hay per day: multiplied by 143, the number of donkeys we take care of, it means a daily consumption of 500 kilos, for a daily cost of more than 90 €. A huge sum, which we cannot support alone: we need you to fill the feeders!

Hay is fundamental for donkeys

Pictures from our Summer Party

Mimi's attentive look while she waited to be groomed; Comptesse and Duchesse's happy faces, lined up to get cuddles; children and adults playing in the hay-pool; all the questions to our volunteers during guided tours and the moments where no-one was listening, because no words can be attractive as a donkey coming next to the fence asking for cuddles... Many details from our Summer Party which make great emotions.

We have gathered some in a Flickr photo-album (click on the picture below to enter).

Volunteer and future Vet Thomas shows how to auscultate donkeys' heart

Our Rifugio is full of energy

For a couple of weeks, our Rifugio has started producing elettricity by its own thanks to a new photovoltaic system in the isolation area.

This will allow us to save up to 15% of yearly expenses for energy costs – talking about money, it will be a saving of 1000€ a year.

Mules of our Rifugio are full of energy


We are still mourning Cristina and it's time to say goodbye to another donkey, our little, big warrior Luca. He lost his battle against an enemy too strong for him and for us who were fighting by his side: a colic with intestinal twist, impossible to operate surgically considering his age and physical conditions.

Luca's closeup

A new life for Paolo and Zoe

Two more donkeys have joined our foster scheme last week and reached their new home: Paolo and Zoe. Maybe you know their stories already...

Paolo was was of the four survivor "eco-friendly lawnmowers", involved in a project which was meant to use donkeys instead of clippers to keep the grass low near the main roads of Treviso county.

Zoe leaning on Paolo the day before leaving our Rifugio


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