Il Rifugio degli Asinelli

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Il Rifugio degli Asinelli

Il Rifugio degli Asinelli
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Il Rifugio degli Asinelli is the Italian branch of The Donkey Sanctuary, a UK-based charity working Worldwide to protect donkeys, hinnies and mules in distress. In our sanctuary we give home to over 120 animals; they come from Italy, France, Greece, Romania, and Switzerland. Here they are given a safe shelter for life and can recover from hard pasts of suffering and abandon.
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Milan, Italy270 contributions
This sanctuary kicks astronomically!
Jun 2014 • Friends
If you are an animal lover, or if you have children, you will thoroughly enjoy a visit to the Donkey Sanctuary in Piedmont. If both apply, you should be ecstatic. Among the 120-some residents you may see two-month-old babies and 30-year-old grizzled veterans, all with stories movingly recounted by the personable, passionately caring staff. Your visit will be immeasurably enhanced by a staff guide, so try to arrange that ahead of time. (English may be a problem; you would need a large-enough group to justify an English-speaking guide).

The Sanctuary is open almost every day of the year, and has special days set aside for grooming, when children get to comb and pet the animals directly. While that is a thrill for the chosen youngsters, it can be logistically limiting if the crowds are large. You may be better off coming on a quieter day when staffers are more available to answer questions. You will learn the differences between donkeys, mules, and jennys, what they love to eat and where they like to be tickled. There are picnic grounds near the Sanctuary, which is in a lovely green area near Biella, so plan a visit with that in mind. Refreshments at the Sanctuary itself are a few vending machines. Remember bug spray and sunscreen in the summer.

No charge to visit. You can adopt a donkey for a year for only € 24, and you get a certificate and picture of your animal when you do so. A small price to pay for an "edutaining" outing.
Written 1 July 2014
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Written 18 September 2014
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