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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THIS WAS NOT A SANCTUARY BUT A HOARDING CONCENTRATION CAMP FOR EQUINES. ALL ANIMALS HAVE BEEN MOVED OUT TO LEGITIMATE RESCUES. ZAUGG WAS REMOVED FROM THE PREMISES. THERE WAS NO MONEY TO FEED OR CARE FOR THE ANIMALS. THERE NEVER WAS. BAD FEET, 'SLIPPER' FEET ON BURROS, NO DENTAL CARE FOR ANY, NO MEDICAL CARE. WITH NOT ENOUGH MONEY TO FEED, THERE COULD NEVER BE ADEQUATE CARE OTHERWISE. THE ANIMALS SUFFERED HORRIBLY UNTIL FINALLY THIS PLACE WAS CLOSED DOWN. DON'T BE MISLEAD BY PRIOR REPORTS HERE. AT ONE TIME, EVERYONE BELIEVED IT WAS A GOOD PLACE. BUT IT WAS ALL A SHAM. THE ANIMALS SUFFERED HORRIBLY FOR YEARS. DO NOT SEND MONEY TO THIS PLACE. IT SHOULD BE REMOVED FROM GREAT NONPROFITS.
I had a burro and horse - not adoptable, in need of a lifetime home...Wynne took them in, and they are so happy. What a beautiful sanctuary built on love and respect for the animals. Thank you for helping us, we are so grateful and we know they will have a good life with you.
I first visited Wynne and Hacienda de los Milagros in 2010 when I was looking for a donkey to adopt for my mom, who was celebrating a year of being cancer free. There is nothing like standing among a herd of 60 donkeys coming up to greet us and then moving on to eat. I was impressed by Wynne and his non-profit and visited even after we adopted Annabelle, our wonderful BLM donkey who chose to go home with us from Hacienda de los Milagros. This non-profit is one of the best I've seen and deserves as much support as possible.
I first visited Hacienda de los Milagros (HDLM) in the summer of 2010 while looking for a donkey to adopt for my mom, who was celebrating a year of being cancer free. I can't begin to describe how amazing it was to stand in the middle of a herd of 60 or 70 donkeys milling about, eating hay, walking up to say hello and for a scratch on the ears, all the while feeling the tremendous love that infuses HDLM. When I returned a few days later with my mom, our Annabelle chose us to go home with. She stuck her head into the halter and walked into the trailer and into our hearts. The love and affection that Wynne, the director and founder of HDLM, and the donkeys show for one another is amazing. I have only tremendous respect for Wynne and good things to say about HDLM.
I first met Wynne when I drove up to HDLM to inquire about adopting a donkey for my mom. He led me out to meet the herd. There is no experience quite like standing in the middle of a herd of 60+ donkeys milling about, eating, coming up to sniff and say hello or for an ear rub. I ended up staying for hours and going back a few days later to let my mom pick her donkey, or rather, to let the right donkey pick my mom. We've been blessed with Annabelle for 2 years now, and she definitely is the right donkey for us. Wynne is an incredibly nice man who runs a wonderful rescue, and he and HDLM deserve recognition for what they do.
When I first came to the sanctuary I simply fell in love with every animal there. I was amazed by all the hardships that each one had to go thru in their lives and how they still hold their heads up high! I was fortunate to be able to bring one of the horses home with me. His name is Blaze and he is the highlight of our little farm we have. Everyday he brings a smile to our faces. Even though I don't get to ride as much as I would like, he will never go hungry or without love from us. Anyone who has a love for animals should make the trip to see these wonderful animals. Spending a few hours with them will put a little spring back into your step! :o)
When I found out that I had to find a new home for my burros, Nezzie and Daisy, I was told about HDLM by a close friend. I sent out an email which they promptly answered and in a few short weeks they had made a place for my two burros, Mom and Daughter, and my crippled paint horse, Rocky. They picked them up one day and took them to their new home. I thank them from the bottom of my heart for saving my two girls and guy and giving them the new home for the balance of their lives.