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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Wildlife Sanctuaries

Results: 2011 brought unusually large gifts from generous donors specifically for veterinary care expenses and a new horse barn. The new barn is now occupied and the older barn remains in use. We hold small fundraisers locally throughout the year and are hoping to increase our visibility and fundraising to a higher level. For now, it is often the day-to-day giving of the smaller contributions from donors throughout the country that keep the basics flowing! Thank you!!!

Target demographics: Our equine residents (donkeys, burros, horses, mules, hinnies) range in age from young to seniors. (HDLM dogs are all seniors!) There are those who because of neglect and/or abuse arrive in dire need of care. Some arrive ill. Others are sold for almost no value at livestock auctions. There are many ways to describe "unwanted"! Some are very much loved and cared for by their families. (It is a family's life-changing event - like serious illness, or loss of job or home - that creates the need for safe placement.) There are a number who lived in the wild until rounded up. (A few arrived here pregnant, so their babies were born at the sanctuary.) The mix includes former athletes (racehorses and veterans of equine competitions), riding horses, and horses that are untrained or never ridden. Being older or having conditions that prevent them from being "usable" for riding may devalue their worth in others' eyes, but they are all loved and respected at Hacienda de los Milagros.

Direct beneficiaries per year: The number of direct beneficiaries (the animals) per year varies. For many of our residents, HDLM is their forever home. An animal may be adopted or pass on during the year. New residents join the sanctuary as funding and space allow. Needless to say, HDLM is generally a full house! Current Residents (as of 1/12/2012) = 139 animals. These include 127 equines: 30 horses, 89 burros, seven (7) mules & hinnies, and one (1) pony! We also care for two (2) senior dogs and feline residents that include seven (7) feral barn cats and three (3) house/barn cats.

Programs: Visiting Hacienda de los Milagros is an experience! We know that the animal residents truly enjoy it and we frequently hear from visitors that they are changed by the visit in unexpected ways. People come from all over Arizona and from out of state. The sanctuary has fans and regular visitors who know many of the residents by name. If you are an individual or family interested in meeting the residents or someone interested in bringing a small or large group, we would love to hear from you! Please contact Wynne at 928-533-0684.

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Community Stories

19 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

This was a terrible hoarding situation with 130+ equines that
suffered from not enough food, hoof care and dental care.
There was minimal vet care also. The parasite infestation
and mange infestation was terrible throughout the herd causing
many to rub their hair off and create sores on their bodies
while baking in the sun with no hair protection.
I thank Hoof Prints of the Heart for stepping in to remove,
and provide all the necessary needs for the animals.
The founder of Hacienda de los Milagros, Wynne Zaugg, a known
hoarder is attempting to start another sanctuary and has
already taken in several horses and is begging for donations.
I urge all of you generous animal loving donors to NOT
give this man any money, this will only enable him to take
more animals and the suffering will start all over again.

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

I was a volunteer/ donor of the sanctuary and once becoming fully
aware of the terrible situation those animals are in, they do not
receive proper vet, hoof, dental care along with them facing missing
meals. This organization is constantly out of money. My husband
also upon one visit witnessed Wynne physically beating a horse.
This place is terrible.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love the animals here. They have such personalities. They love company and of course carrots. When you visit you can't help but leave with a warm feeling.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a volunteer for many years when I still lived in Arizona and witnessed the most incredible moments of my life. The tenderness to animals, unbelievable compassion, and dedication are part of my memory forever. There were quiet moments with Moonbeam (elderly burro) and countless hugs with little Nora (baby burro) that even after all this time, I remember with such fondness. HeidiW

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently visited HDLM and, once again, noticed how happy all the residents are. I brought family members with me so they could see for themselves how wonderful an organization it is. I particularly wanted them to meet Wynne, a man so dedicated that he forgoes his own health and money just so the animals can be healthy themselves and eat well. HDLM is an awesome spiritual healing place. There is nothing better than sharing that beautiful burro and horse energy. You won't find another organization that surpasses the love that is generated there. That is why I spend my time helping them out as much as I can.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

HDLM is a wonderful sanctuary and you couldn't find a more compassionate caretaker than Wynne Zaugg. I would encourage you to visit and see for yourself. These once abused and neglected animals now have good food, good care and a happy life, and a chance to share who they really are. These animals have impacted my life enormously with the sharing of their wisdom.

Review from Guidestar

1 Sue V.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started going to Hacienda De Los Milagros in 2001 when I moved to Arizona. I was so touched by the reaction of all those donkeys to the love Wynn shows them. He is so dedicated to them and told me all their names ! When I first started going there I would bring carrots or apples so they would greet me. Than I noticed when I didn't bring treats they would come to me just to give and receive love from me. I believe Wynn has shown them how to be loved,give love back, and put any abuse behind them. I know he worries about taking care of their needs. I wish I was able to do more. I don't have the knowledge to take care of horses and donkeys,but I will go and offer myself to brush,clean and most of all love them. Thank you Wynn for loving these animals so much!

1 Tami J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I came to HDLM as a mission for both myself and the animals. I'm disabled and all I can do to help is give my love to the animals and lend my computer skills to HDLM. HDLM is such a blessing for so many animals where they are loved and treated with such respect. Working with HDLM has been a very positive experience for both me and the animals. I will be there for the animals in any way that I can for as long as I can because love is what they need and what they have at HDLM.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I was a resident in Chino Valley, AZ I lived one mile from this sanctuary and the care, love and dedication of the founder, Wynne Zaugg and staff for the four legged residents touched my heart. These beautiful deserving animals have been given a home that is rare in our society today. Volunteering, I observed first hand the need for continued support and I will always do whatever I can, truly believing in the purpose of this sanctuary and the fulfillment of its mission. I believe everyone should have the opportunity that I had in discovering the value of this endeavor and those in residence, and the contribution the sanctuary is making toward the awareness of the needs of all beings living on this planet.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The times I have spent at HDLM Sanctuary are priceless and remain vivid in my heart of hearts memory. Wynne Zaugg is the most dedicated soul who has boundless love for each and every rescued/acceoted 4 legged resident there. His tireless effort for years and years deserves the highest recognition and support as there are few on our planet with his depth of love and understanding of those animals drawn into his circle of care. The Sanctuary has a large family. Wynne is the guiding parent. He is as loved and respected by the family as much as he loves and respects each member. I have experienced this first hand and have learned so much through observation and interaction myself. My awareness of the animal world has been expanded through my association with the Sanctuary. Wynne needs our financial help more than ever before. I can be a donor now on only a very small scale, but whenever I put a bite of food in my mouth, I can know that my donation provided a bale of alfalpha and a few mouthfuls for my friends at HDLM. Many years ago during other tough times, I shared what I had with another in need. My sharing didn't deprive me as one might have thought. It increased my ability to share more! Now is the time to do yourself a favor and share with these deserving animals. The returns are priceless!

Review from Guidestar

2 Nancy32

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love to see the happiness in the eyes of the equine residents of HDLM. It is a joy to experience the peace that this special place exudes. So many of the animals were under-weight, abused and/or neglected when they arrived at the Sanctuary. It is amazing to see how they respond to love, care, and healthy food. It truly is a miracle.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It's a delightful view: approximately 50 donkeys (burros) in a field next to the road peacefully munching on hay. There are about 25 horses in another field and some small paddocks for aged or ailing equines.

The love and patience shown by volunteers is outstanding. Sick animals needing 24-hours care are dedicatedly ministered to and watched over. There are an enthusiastic swarm of volunteers at all hours of the day (and night) eager to make the donkeys (burros) happy.

This is one of the best rescue groups I've seen, and I've been a volunteer in various animal groups in 3 states.

N. John and Linda L. Stevens
Prescott, AZ.
NJScons@Northlink.com

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

From the first time , almost 4 years ago, I fell in love with HDLM.The feeling of love is endless. My husband and I have been volunteers and help where ever needed. This sanctuary is a part of all of us and our world. And our dear friend Wynne, has been sacrificing his life to our four legged friends ,which in turn has helped so many people.Come, share time with the animals and their love and healing power. de and de ranch