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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

11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My wife and I have visited the sanctuary twice and cannot describe the wonderful work being done by Wynn and the volunteers. Everyone should stop by and visit as it is a great experience.

Sharon54

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization cares for animals in ways that I could only wish to. They are in need of donations and I send them money when I can. When I contact Wynne he responds quickly to my emails. It would be great if they could have enough money to feed these animals and make sure their veterinary care is kept up.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I stopped at HDLM about a year ago and was so impressed with the donkeys and how content they all seemed to be. I was greeted by Wynn who explained that the donkeys are free to be themselves and he just wants them to be happy and healthy. They certainly all appeared to be both happy and healthy and Wynn obviously loves all of the animals at this facility. I commend him for taking on these abused and neglected animals. They certainly have better lives now that Wynn is their caretaker.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wynne is known locally as a big hearted man who is always helping people and animals in need. The downturn has hurt this area and donations have dwindled. He truly loves the critters and deserves all the support we can give.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The community service that HDLM provides is critical for these beautiful animals. The options for peace and happiness are very limited and HDLM steps up to rescue and support lives that would other wise have an uncertain future. I am greateful for the humble and humanitarian way that the voluteers and leaders at HDLM conduct themselves in their mission.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Just months after moving to Arizona, my husband and I stumbled upon this wonderful animal sanctuary while out for a Sunday drive. We were totally taken aback by the number of rescued burros, horses, and even llamas that were living at Hacienda De Los Milagros! The caregiver, Wynn, came out to greet us and ended up spending a couple of hours with us, explaining the program and 'introducing' us to almost every creature housed there. He has named each one, and though there are over 100 animals, he knows the name of each one individually. His love and care for these animals is beyond comprehension, they are like his very own children. From that day forward we have made an effort to support the ranch in every way we can. We often have family and guests come from out of state, and the Hacienda De Los Milagros is at the top of the list for places to go and things to see here in Northern Arizona. We always stop at Costco first and purchase bags and bags of carrots for the burros and horses and sometimes we are able to get apples, which they all love. We pray for the ranch and all those who support it with their giving and the many volunteers who give their time. We too, love every animal living out their lives there, and it has been a wonderful blessing to be associated with a home that provides a lifetime of love and care to the unwanted and abused.

1 Glider B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hacienda De Los Milagros, Inc., is one of those organizations that has gone the extra mile to help burros and horses reach a safe harbor. One of my most treasured friends related to me how kind and gentle Wynne is with his many charges at the rescue. I am a huge horse lover, and have also ridden burros and have come to love them, too. Anyone who is doing as much as Wynne is doing for these dear, noble creatures is an angel here on Earth. I don't know if I've heard of anyone who has been such an outstanding animal advocate.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hacienda De Los Milagros can be translated as "Ranch of Miracles," and for the very fortunate rescued burros and horses who receive lifetime love and care here, this place truly lives up to its name. Countless miracles happen every day for abused and often forgotten animals who really needed the help ; most would not have survived without it. Wynne, the dedicated founder of this wonderful sanctuary, is as compassionate and kind as anyone I have ever met, and he has plenty of love to go around. He actually lives the "Circle of One"/ unconditional love philosophy, which seems to inspire him to work so tirelessly to ensure a wonderful quality of life for all of the animals on the ranch. Much to Wynne's credit, he is extremely resourceful, and keeps this incredible shelter up and running very efficiently on a shoe string budget. Unlike most rescue organizations, there are no paid salaries at this extraordinary healing and teaching sanctuary, and everything goes directly towards providing food and care for the animals. Feed costs have increased 60% this year and are expected to rise substantially higher this winter. As a way of contributing to Wynne and his volunteers' remarkable efforts, you might wish to sponsor an animal or make a special donation to honor some beloved pet companion, or as a unique, memorable birthday or holiday gift for one of your animal loving colleagues, relatives or friends. Please share the HDLM newsletters and help to get the word out to others that this extraordinary rescue organization is accomplishing so much good work for our animal friends. Let them know that ongoing financial support is always needed and will be greatly appreciated. If you live reasonably near Chino Valley you can also become a volunteer or attend one of the enjoyable fundraisers or a Carrot Toss event at the ranch and interact with Wynne and these grateful, gentle animals directly. They will enrich your life beyond measure.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have visited Hacienda de Los Milagros on numerous occasions when I have been in Arizona (I live in Alaska). I have donated money and food items to the donkeys, horses, llamas, rabbits, and dogs. The Hacienda is a wonderful place for these animals's bodies and souls. Likewise, it nourishes we humans fortunate enough to get to visit. I will never forget the carrot tosses to the donkeys. What a bunch of characters they are, each with his or her individual personality and quirks. How could anybody not fall in love with these guys! I wish to see Wynne and his volunteers continue their crusade for peace for all.

Review from Guidestar

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We learned about this organization from a friend more than a few years ago. We have been giving since then and have increased our donations due to the economy. We know that animals do not have a voice and this organization has made superhuman efforts to provide for the sick, abused, and unwanted animals. We applaud all the workers.

Review from Guidestar