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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I met Wynne about a year ago at an event in Scottsdale. I had not heard of the group until that point, but after speaking with Wynne for a while and reading their story in Earth Odyssey, I knew this was a place I wanted to be involved with. I have still yet to visit the sanctuary, but will be in Cottonwood May 16th and will finally get a chance. Thank you Hacienda for all you do to help make this world a better place.
Hacienda de los Milagros is a magical place that heals animals and humans alike. I first found out about this wonderful place through a healing organization I am affiliated with. I am personally convinced of the healing powers that blossom when animals and people come together, and I have experienced this healing through my own recovery. I truly hope to visit and volunteer in person soon.
As an animal communicator, I have had the invitiation & pleasure of speaking with some of the HDLM residents. They always expressed great joy and appreciation for being part of HDLM.
Wynne, the director is also wonderful about corresponding with via e-mail. He has a loving heart for the work he does and a willingness to allow HDLM to evolve.
I too have donated $ and am grateful for the letter of appreciation mailed my way as a result.
Danielle Tremblay, NY
What's odd is that I have never had the opportunity to visit Hacienda de los Milagros (HDLM.) I have a small group of individuals who are horse advocates trying to end horse slaughter and help local rescues. I learned that HDLM was having a rough time in this economy, loosing almost a third of their donation base. This is catastrophic for a non-profit. I started trying to get people to help HDLM, and in the meantime, I fell in love with the burros there! The group does a great job of marketing their Sanctuary on the website, describing all the animals, giving all their names, and when they arrived, while providing lots of wonderful pictures.
I have donated several times, and I always get a nice receipt thanking me.
I have spoken to the director, Wynne Zaugg, on the phone, and his attachment and communication with the animals is amazing. I now "talk" to Wynne regularly, communicating through email.
HDLM has survived since around 1990 by developing a donation base, and by doing an excellent job with the animals there. Even the local feed-store praises them.
It will be a magnificent day when I get to go visit the sanctuary, and talk to the burros myself!
I have visited and happily donated to the Hacienda De Los Milagros, Inc for about 5 years. This Teaching and Healing Sanctuary for 105 burros, 22 horses and other abused and neglected animals is amazing. Much is done for the animals with minimal finances. I am constantly impressed with the Executive Director, Wynne Zaugg. I have visited and am always amazed at his calling all animals by name and telling the touching stories of why they are their. The genuine concern for each animal is evident. Although, often struggling in this ecomony the atmosphere is positive and caring. I want to thank all for their wonderful work. There is a very spirtual feeling when you are in the presence of these sweet creatures.