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!

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

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Iole's Fairytale

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jevais
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Thank you for your generosity for these donkeys.

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Running Wild

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The Laugh Fan
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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Tasting Daisies

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The Laugh Fan
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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Reflection

Reflection

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To The Apple And Beyond!

To The Apple And Beyond!

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Arianna's Eyes

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jevais
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

These photos would make lovely postcards or cards.

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Smile!

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Photo-Bomber

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Falling

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The Laugh Fan
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Beautifully atmospheric. Looks very peaceful.

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Nose To Nose

Nose To Nose

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Winter Games

Winter Games

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Like A Model

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The Laugh Fan
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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Peek-A-Boo

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Enlighted

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The Laugh Fan
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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tw 72
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"Is this heaven?" "No, this is Italy."

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Dust Bath Are The Best

Dust Bath Are The Best

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Kim Presley
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

these photos are fabulous....i just love them all.

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Susan Green
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Thank you for all of these beautiful photos.

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Eden
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Aww are these elderly burros, they're freaking adorable.

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