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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

59 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

Hacienda de Los Milagros is truly a place of miracles. They are changing the world, creating a ripple throughout the world, sending a message of love and hope and salvation. Someday I hope to visit in person, making the trek across states to see the great work they are doing!! Bless HDLM, for all the great work they are doing on behalf of animals and humans alike!!!

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been working in animal rescue since 1994 - mostly as a foster parent and board member for local humane societies. I know what a monumental task faces anyone who cares for the animals who have been tossed aside by others. And as soon as I visited HDLM, I knew that I was visiting a special, loving, wonderful place. Wynne took me around the place, and I marveled at how he know so much about each animal - the stories and medical issues, so heartbreaking. How fabulous that our Chino Valley has a true sanctuary: a place of refuge, a place of love and of hope: and ALL due to Wynne. Miracles do happen - and right within the borders of HDLM. My husband and I are regular contributors: although not wealthy, we agree that there's few better ways to allocate resources than to the souls at HDLM.

Donor

Rating: 5

Hacienda de Los Milagros does God's work. The pictures and video of rescued animals says it all. I have been donating to this rescue program for some time now and am very impressed with the dedication of the people who operate it and who volunteer. They are always informative about what it going on and always appreciative of whatever help they can get for these animals. It is a truly worthwhile charity and I hope to visit this sanctuary soon.

Donor

Rating: 5

There are not enough words to say about Wynne and the love he has for each and everyone of those animals. Especially those wonderful donkeys who have no other place of safety. I only wish I lived closer so I could visit.

Donor

Rating: 5

HDLM is truly an exceptional place. The animals are loved and cared for and you can feel the positive energy when you are there. The healing quality of being around the animals and observing their interaction with all the people is inspiring. Even in these tough times, the animals always come first and there is never a thought that they do not come first. Most inspiring.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is an amazing place where Wynne communicates with the animals. His dedication is truly selfless in giving so much of himself in order to provide the animals a home, a safe sanctuary. Not enough people know of the great work done by this organization. These animals are Blessed to be at the sanctuary, and they give back so much to every person who volunteers or visits them. That is why no matter how tight things become in this economy, I cannot and will not stop donating to help all the brave souls who reside at HDLM.

Donor

Rating: 5

HDLM is such a compassionate, caring place. They put their hearts and souls into helping animals in need! I wish more people knew about them and would donate!

Donor

Rating: 5

A very special place. In addition to the care and love the animals receive (and give), the special energy extends to the deeper meanings and offerings the animals can offer. Such wonderful allies for healing, this sanctuary is concerned both with giving the animals loving shelter and with giving back to others through what our relationships with the animals can offer. A true 'win-win'. There is no more dedicated companion to the animals there than Wynne. They are so fortunate to have him on their side and looking out for them.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I like the work being done at Hacienda De Los Milagros. The dedication shown to the animals in their care is an inspiration. It's my hope one of these days to visit the facility and meet some of the wonderful animals I've come to know from the website and newsletters! Kristy M., Scottsdale, AZ

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Donor

Rating: 5

Wynne is amazing, taking in BLM donkeys, and rescuing from neglect and abuse cases. He does the best he can with what he has. He knows everyone by name and story. He truly loves each and everyone of them. He is an amazing guy there is a special spot in heaven for him!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Wynne is one of the most hard working people on the planet. His love and dedication to his animals are site. I encourage everyone to come visit, the donkeys are some of the funniest things you'll ever see. They are so naughty its good for a laugh and smile. Wynne works so hard, sacrificing his health for his animals. Great great place, great man.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Hacienda de los Milagros is such an inspiring organization. There are very few places for large animals to find a santuary where they are cared for with great love and respect for their life time. This is a one of a kind santuary for BURROS, HORSES and OTHERS. It is one of my special places for donations.