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 is one of my favorite organizations. I donate to this worthwhile dedicated group of people who truelly minister to the animals who come to HDLM. They take in unwanted and abused burros and others who badly need a home and need help to survive. This is a wonderful organization for any help you can offer whether it is through volunteering or donating.
To me it is so inspiring when people dedicate their lives to rescuing animals that have been abused or unwanted. Hacienda De Los Milagros provides an example of respect for life, something our world can never have enough of. A huge undertaking and responsibility that Wynne and his volunteers provide to these animals. They are heroes that need more financial support. SueB
I first saw HDLM featured on a local news show, and I was so impressed with what they do. What a heartwarming story to know that somebody like Wynne was helping animals nobody else had been able to help--animals which have even more requirements than what the average shelter (cats and dogs) has. I've been donating ever since, and I so wish that I could afford to do more!!
Hacienda De Los Milagros is a wonderful rescue organization that cares for many animals that are often forgotten or turned away by other organizations. The staff work extraordinarily hard with a passion for the animals that is noteworthy. I support the work they do on a regular basis.
I have been involved with Hacienda De Los Milagros, Inc. for several years. The kindness and care given to the animals residing there is evident in every action and communication. The special feelings and bonds to all living things at Hacienda can be felt, even by people who have never physically stepped into that Heaven on earth.
I am very impressed with the ways HDLM uses the resourses /donations they receive.The concern for the animals is so impressive.They do it with their hearts and lots of hard work.I am proud to be a supporteer.
This sanctuary is indeed just that for many fortunate animals who are blessed to have been rescued and reside at the Hacienda de los Milagros. A visit to the sanctuary provides a glimpse at the lives of very happy and content burros and horses who are loved. Wynne ensures every resident is cared for and attended to with great care. He is an angel for all of the residents, workers and volunteers.
I began donating to HDLM back in 2008! I read a post about them at that time and new imediatley that I needed to help. The service they off to the residents and the service the residents offer to humanity is incredible and very much needed! If you ever have the chance to visit them, please don't hesitate. The trip will be life changing!
Debbie Dillon wrote: Hacienda de Los Milagros fills a special niche in the rescue community. They serve the animals we sometimes forget about because they are often latrger thana household pet. Wynn continues to step up to the enormous challenge of caring and feeding these animals.