May 8th is World Donkey Day, but there are places where donkeys are celebrated every day: I work for Il Rifugio degli Asinelli, the Italian Donkey Sanctuary, a charity established in 1969, based in UK but working Worldwide to protect donkeys, raise more awareness and help people to understand how gorgeous these often misunderstood creatures are!


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135 donkeys and mules (mix between dad donkey and mum horse) live at our Rifugio, most of them saved after mistreatments and neglect. Here at Sala Biellese, in Northern Italy, we help their body and souls recover: the young, healthy ones can find a new home (always in pair, because donkeys have strong bonds and often a best friend for life!), while the "donkey grannies" or the ones with ailments have the warranty of a safe place where they can spend the rest of their lives.

As soon as I have some spare time, I go outside with my camera and take pictures, to share their beauty with everyone.

All my "donkey models" have overcome tough times: they are fighters and sometimes survivors. And even if in some cases the humans they had met before being rescued by our charity revealed the worst of mankind, these donkeys teach the lesson of forgiveness and show us that hard lives must not harden our hearts.

Donkeys are clever, curious, playful, friendly, sometimes naughty... and each of them is unique. Take a look at the gorgeous long-eared girls and boys living at Il Rifugio, I'm sure you'll fall in love with them as I do every day! 

More info: Facebook | ilrifugiodegliasinelli.org | Instagram

#1 Iole's Fairytale

Iole's Fairytale

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jevais 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your generosity for these donkeys.

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#3 Running Wild

Running Wild

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The Laugh Fan 2 weeks ago

Aw, they're so lovely. Cute, but slightly quirky. Perfect.

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#4 Tasting Daisies

Tasting Daisies

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The Laugh Fan 2 weeks ago

I love how the fur on the little donkey's nose has a sort of whirl where the fur seems to spring out. Cutie!

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#5 Reflection

Reflection

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jevais 2 weeks ago

A impressionist painting.

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#7 Arianna's Eyes

Arianna's Eyes

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jevais 2 weeks ago

These photos would make lovely postcards or cards.

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#8 Framed

Framed

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Brittney Stanford 2 weeks ago

Happy little eeyore <3

#9 To The Apple And Beyond!

To The Apple And Beyond!

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Valentina Maffucci 2 weeks ago

This is too cute for words! ^_^

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#10 Smile!

Smile!

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The Laugh Fan 2 weeks ago

It's MY turn to wear the red plastic thing!

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#12 Photo-Bomber

Photo-Bomber

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Pepper 2 weeks ago

oof he looks like kinda an ass :p

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#13 Falling

Falling

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The Laugh Fan 2 weeks ago

Beautifully atmospheric. Looks very peaceful.

#14 Nose To Nose

Nose To Nose

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Just Carmen 2 weeks ago

Awww.... Donkey kisses!

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#15 Say It Loud!

Say It Loud!

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Sara Kate MacFarland 2 weeks ago

...and with great authority!

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#16 Funny Faces

Funny Faces

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Sara Kate MacFarland 2 weeks ago

...and then she said....

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#17 Like A Model

Like A Model

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The Laugh Fan 2 weeks ago

The wacky one of the bunch. Smile for the camera.

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#18 Winter Games

Winter Games

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Diane Mackereth 2 weeks ago

Thank you for pictures, they're wonderful!

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#19 Peek-A-Boo

Peek-A-Boo

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The Laugh Fan 2 weeks ago

Peek-a-poo if the little one isn't careful!

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#20 Enlighted

Enlighted

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The Laugh Fan 2 weeks ago

Another donkey, another great set of whiskers! Love it.

#21 Dust Bath Are The Best

Dust Bath Are The Best

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Sara Kate MacFarland 2 weeks ago

haaaaaa......CHOO