Our Mission

Our mission is to address the overpopulation of stray dogs through a campaign of free sterilizations and to help abandoned or distressed animals.

Realizing The Goal

In Sicily, despite its natural beauty exists one of the largest stray animal populations in Europe.

We want to create an environment where animals welfare is paramount.  To financially support this project we provide educational farm activities for children, a petting zoo and horse therapy.  We also organize training courses where all ages can rediscover the trades of the past and pass them on as assets to future generations.  You can also contact us for walks or excursions on horseback or to stay in our farmhouse, surrounded by the most unspoiled nature.

Rifugio Isola Del Sole

is an Italian nonprofit cultural association (ASD) which was created in 2019 for the defense of animal rights and welfare through education and rediscovery of values in a dynamic and fun environment!

We organize our work in these areas:

A percentage of proceeds go towards Free Local Sterilizations and Vaccinations, helping make a safer and more animal friendly Sicily!

Contact us for more information.

Come visit for the animals, the cause, or just for the beautiful views.

Visit Our Beautiful Location

Rifugio Isola Del Sole is located in the hills of Noto on western border of the natural reserve. It is minutes from Noto Antica, a Unesco site, Cava grande, as well as trails, horseback and mountain bike riding. The city of Noto and Siracusa are a short journey away, as are the Ionian and Mediterranean seas!

Help us make it even more beautiful!

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Little by Little Fundraising Campaign – this week!!!

This week, join us for the GlobalGiving LittleByLittle campaign. Support elderly dogs of Sicily by giving today: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/elderly-dog-shelter-project/?show=recurring

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To all our supporters: Apologies for no updates. We have been dealing with ongoing legal issues of fraud, embezzlement, etc. and it has completely derailed our progress 🙁

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