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Hacienda De Los Milagros, Inc.

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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

107 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

This was a terrible hoarding situation with 130+ equines that
suffered from not enough food, hoof care and dental care.
There was minimal vet care also. The parasite infestation
and mange infestation was terrible throughout the herd causing
many to rub their hair off and create sores on their bodies
while baking in the sun with no hair protection.
I thank Hoof Prints of the Heart for stepping in to remove,
and provide all the necessary needs for the animals.
The founder of Hacienda de los Milagros, Wynne Zaugg, a known
hoarder is attempting to start another sanctuary and has
already taken in several horses and is begging for donations.
I urge all of you generous animal loving donors to NOT
give this man any money, this will only enable him to take
more animals and the suffering will start all over again.

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

I was a volunteer/ donor of the sanctuary and once becoming fully
aware of the terrible situation those animals are in, they do not
receive proper vet, hoof, dental care along with them facing missing
meals. This organization is constantly out of money. My husband
also upon one visit witnessed Wynne physically beating a horse.
This place is terrible.

Cindy28

Board Member

Rating: 1

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

They took in a horse and burro for me. Their kindness and concern, gentleness were so greatly appreciated. The animals are loved and cared for so dearly...a spiritual place, a must see...bless them.

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1 James80

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

https://www.facebook.com/Hoofprintsoftheheart
HoofPrints of the Heart in Marana AZ and Triple R Horse rescue in Cave creek AZ have rescued all the Burros and Horses formerly held at HDLM. All are currently getting the much needed vet and farrier care they have been lacking for so long. If you wish to donate please send checks to HoofPrints of the Heart @ 12207 w. Swanson st Marana AZ 85653 or to Triple R @ P.O. Box 4925 Cave Creek AZ 85327.

Over the last week, Hoofprints Ofthe Heart and Triple R have worked diligently to remove all of the animals, approximately 80, from Hacienda de Los Maliagros, in Chino Valley. There have been numerous changes in the board of directors, but the conclusion was finally reached that the animals needed to be removed as they could not be cared for properly. Although some animals had to be euthanized, the remainer will be rehomed out of Hoofprints of the Heart and Triple R. This has required numerous trips from Marana and Cave Creek. Care For The Horses, Forever Home Donkey Rescue, and ATLASTA HOME HORSE RESCUE have all provided help with manpower and transportation. This would never have been done this effeciently without their support.

This endeavor has cost Hoofprints of the Heart and Triple R thousands of dollars. We are reaching out to the community at large and requesting donations be made to either of these rescues to help defray these unanticipated expenses.

3

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.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

To other discerning supporters of animals: I have known Wynne Zaugg and HdlM since July 1997. I visited the santuary a year later. My wife and I have a private sanctuary in north Florida and I can state clearly some facts about HdlM: 1.) they are the "real deal" 2.) funds go to the animals' care there; no humans are getting rich 3.) HdlM's devotion to the lucky ones they assisst has never waivered over all these 15 1/2 years. Submitted with love & respect for Wynne & all the HdlM'ers. Michael & Gayle, Gus'Garden Sanctuary

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Board Member

Rating: 5

HI Im an animal lover This is the first time THAT I Donated to an animal sanctuary but when i saw the faces on the animals i could not resist i wish i could help more but ill do what i can

1 Sami C.

Donor

Rating: 5

Hacienda De Los Milagros is a wonderful nonprofit! Whenever I have extra money to donate this is my first choice. I know Wynne and the rest of the team take great care of their animals and I am so thankful for them! Keep up the great work everyone and see you all soon!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

It was around November 2011 when i first saw Hacienda de los Milagros. I was looking for property with my realtor. I would come down at least once a week from Flagstaff in search of a home to purchase in the Prescott area. Quite by "accident" in this search, my realtor happened to drive by the sanctuary. I saw all the burros and I said, "Stop, I have to look at these gorgeous creatures." I got out of her car and walked over to the corral fence. At first there were about 3 or 4 burros who welcomed me. They wanted to be kissed on the nose and petted, which I easily complied with. Then one by one, more burros came to the fence for kisses and pats. Soon I was walking up and down the fence line, kissing and petting about 25 - 30 burros. As I walked, I saw a sign that said, "Hacienda de los Milagros a Teaching and Healing Sanctuary." I peaked around and saw a couple of barns, more burros and horses in other corrals. I remember thinking, "How can they have so many animals and it doesn't smell? " The grounds were very well cared for. As I walked around I noticed the beautiful condition of all the animals and how friendly they were. There were a few shy ones, but for the most part, the burros and horses wanted to say hi to me. Realizing most of these animals were rescued from neglect or abuse, and now live at Hacienda de los Milagros (HDLM), I became a fan immediately. These animals just oozed love. I told my realtor that I am going to volunteer here once I am settled into my new home. That became a reality in February, 2012. I started volunteering at HDLM as soon as I was mostly unpacked. I met the Wynne Zauug, the Executive Director and one of the founders of HDLM. When I met Wynne I figured out why these formally neglected and abused creatures oozed love for people. It is Wynne's love, dedication and respect for the animals that creates this. They learned to trust people. There is a mutual bonding that occurs after you have been on the grounds for just a very short while. The animals know they are safe now. They know they have a comfortable place to live out their days. They have other animal friends to hang out with. They get quality meals, grooming, medical care and lots and lots of hugs and pats from the people who visit, work, or volunteer at HDLM. Wynne enlists communicators that will listen and talk to the animals. He wants to know what they are thinking and feeling. Wynne always listens to what they have to say and responds to their requests. As I volunteered more and more, I had the opportunity to meet first hand many of the individuals who live there. I fell in love with them more and more. It is so gratifying to see happy animals, especially so because some of them came from not so happy backgrounds. But they are loved and happy now, and they know it. They give love back to those who come volunteer, work or visit. After several months of volunteering on the grounds of HDLM, I joined the Board of Directors. Now I am actively involved with the fundraising tasks for the sanctuary. I am so happy to dedicate my time and energy to this House of MIracles. Wynne has created many miracles with the animals who have come here to heal. The humans get healed too. Spending time with these magnificent beings, calms the soul. You slow down. Live in the moment. You get burro hugs and horse sniffs. You get to say hello and make new four legged friends. By the time you leave the property for home, you are filled with love, from the top of your head to the bottom of your feet. And you cannot wait to come back and do it all over again. Hacienda de los Milagros is a extremely worthy place to put your hard earned donation money. Every single dime that is donated goes towards the care of the animals. 100%. I hope you can come and visit the sanctuary soon. Visitors are always welcome and Wynne is there to take you on a personal tour and introduce you to those that live here. There are lots and lots of good stories to hear. Hacienda de los Milagros is a place of love and peace. Your soul will be revitalized any time you come and this good feeling stays with you for a long, long time. There is nothing like it.

2 Edgy L.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Compassion, Care and Love that these people have for these Beings are by far the greatest example of the capabilities of what Humans can provide to all inhabitants of this Planet. On very limited budget, all that have come here are treated with respect and are given the very best care possible. I have personally visited the Sanctuary and can give a first hand account of the Greatness and Devotion of this place.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love the animals here. They have such personalities. They love company and of course carrots. When you visit you can't help but leave with a warm feeling.

1 rozdow

Donor

Rating: 5

They do a great service to the residents and people. HDLM is a place of love and compassion.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I have not had the blessing of being able to actually be on the grounds at this sanctuary but I know every animal is loved beyond our "normal" human capacity and the gentle kindness and devotion to all the animals is something I look upon as a goal for myself to incorporate in my daily ways of dealing with the worst animals, us humans. I have no concerns that any money donated would be misused or wrongly placed. I wish I could afford to donate thousands of dollars. I feel deep grief for the plight of our vanishing burros and wild mustangs and for all our domestic donkeys and horses who have suffered such horrific cruelty under the hands of evil men; knowing the healing and work of the devoted staff to help all the animals they can is a source of healing for my own grief over the lost ones.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a volunteer for many years when I still lived in Arizona and witnessed the most incredible moments of my life. The tenderness to animals, unbelievable compassion, and dedication are part of my memory forever. There were quiet moments with Moonbeam (elderly burro) and countless hugs with little Nora (baby burro) that even after all this time, I remember with such fondness. HeidiW

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been involved in this rescue as a donor for a few years...and I know the love and respect plus care that they give ALL their animals...and we need to honor and help this rescue and others that give their whole golden hearts to help the ones that cannot speak for themselves....I greatly thank them and hope they received much needed help and donations...thank you.

1 Andrew33

Donor

Rating: 5

Wynne's love for the animals is fantastic and transcends just regular help but encompasses an awesome spiritual mission as well. Wynne communicates to us needs and wants of the charity in such a way where I never feel pressure only love for what goes on at the "hacienda." Thank you for being such a great organization!

1 Suzanne14

Donor

Rating: 5

I cannot resist Wynne's utter devotion to the animals he saves.It would be terribly devastating if finances kept him from continuing this work. I admire and respect his incredible energy and caring. Suzanne Geller-La Jolla, Ca.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I was very touched by their valiant efforts to care for their animals in this time of economic downturn. They really care. I have contributed twice and plan to do so again. They have a real"hands on" attitude and try so hard. Please endorse them. They have no choice- Large animals cannot be adopted out easily,so their responsibility for their welfare is endless.

1 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.

1 Cathy13

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a caring organization that does wonderful work for these animals. Wynne is excellent at communicating what they do and what they need on a regular basis to those of us that are so far away. I look only to support organizations that are passionate about what they do and that make a difference. HDLM definitely meets that criteria!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I am so grateful for Wynne and all the staff at Hacienda De Los Milagros. They are helping those animals who truly have nowhere else to go, animals who would be destroyed or continue to live in misery without this wonderful organization. And I can give with complete certainty that evry dollar goes directly to the animals.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Sue_31

Donor

Rating: 5

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

Donor

Rating: 5

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!!

Donor

Rating: 5

I am encouraged every day with the realization that people like Wynn and HDLM exist to care for these animals. I only wish i could afford to send them more.

Fran12

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Wynne Zaugg is an amazingly unselfish, hardworking, determined saint, and the residents of his sanctuary are blessed to have him as their guardian.

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.

Carol72

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently visited HDLM and, once again, noticed how happy all the residents are. I brought family members with me so they could see for themselves how wonderful an organization it is. I particularly wanted them to meet Wynne, a man so dedicated that he forgoes his own health and money just so the animals can be healthy themselves and eat well. HDLM is an awesome spiritual healing place. There is nothing better than sharing that beautiful burro and horse energy. You won't find another organization that surpasses the love that is generated there. That is why I spend my time helping them out as much as I can.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

HDLM is a wonderful sanctuary and you couldn't find a more compassionate caretaker than Wynne Zaugg. I would encourage you to visit and see for yourself. These once abused and neglected animals now have good food, good care and a happy life, and a chance to share who they really are. These animals have impacted my life enormously with the sharing of their wisdom.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

1 Marti5

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Advisor

Rating: 5

I have been associated with Hacienda de Los Milagros for many years. The animals at this sanctuary are so special and magical!! The care is superb as they really listen to the animals as to what they need and desire from them. It is important to keep this place of miracles going!! BM

2 Lindsey15

Donor

Rating: 5

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!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

1

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!!!

1

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.

1

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.

1

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.

1

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.

1

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!

1

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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)

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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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2 yellowroseoftexas

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

2 burrowoman

Advisor

Rating: 5

I was heavily involved with HDLM awhile back. After moving back to this area, it was such a pleasure to go back to the sanctuary and see so many old friends. It warms my heart to know that these souls have a lifetime home. Although for the wild ones this is not as good as being wild, it's the next best thing. They're taken care of and they can get to know two leggeds if they choose to. And that's a huge blessing for us two leggeds. There's nothing like looking into the eyes of a once wild animal and knowing that they are trusting you enough to be friends with you. There are no words to describe the feeling. I would invite everyone to have this experience with these humble souls.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I know first hand the work that goes into Hacienda de los Milagros. I was co-founder and this was my life for ten years. Wynne does an amazing job of taking care of the residents there, I sometimes don't know how he does it. Not only do the animals receive great care they also receive respect and honor. This work is not just a job, it's your life. And my life has not been the same since I left. Even though I'm no longer with the sanctuary I hold it and all of its residents lovingly in my heart. I encourage everyone to visit and support this wonderful sanctuary.

2 Sue V.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started going to Hacienda De Los Milagros in 2001 when I moved to Arizona. I was so touched by the reaction of all those donkeys to the love Wynn shows them. He is so dedicated to them and told me all their names ! When I first started going there I would bring carrots or apples so they would greet me. Than I noticed when I didn't bring treats they would come to me just to give and receive love from me. I believe Wynn has shown them how to be loved,give love back, and put any abuse behind them. I know he worries about taking care of their needs. I wish I was able to do more. I don't have the knowledge to take care of horses and donkeys,but I will go and offer myself to brush,clean and most of all love them. Thank you Wynn for loving these animals so much!

2 Susan145

Board Member

Rating: 5

I stumbled upon HDLM this past July while looking for animal communication books in a small shop in Sedona. The store's owner showed me HDLM's book, Circle of One and told me about the amazing work of the sanctuary. I was so touched by the book and what HDLM stands for that I called the sanctuary to arrange for a visit the next day. After an hour and a half standing with Wynne amongst the beautiful and peaceful burros and horses, I was hooked. Now I am a proud HDLM volunteer! Cheers to Wynne and all of the animals at HDLM!

2 Tami J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I came to HDLM as a mission for both myself and the animals. I'm disabled and all I can do to help is give my love to the animals and lend my computer skills to HDLM. HDLM is such a blessing for so many animals where they are loved and treated with such respect. Working with HDLM has been a very positive experience for both me and the animals. I will be there for the animals in any way that I can for as long as I can because love is what they need and what they have at HDLM.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I was a resident in Chino Valley, AZ I lived one mile from this sanctuary and the care, love and dedication of the founder, Wynne Zaugg and staff for the four legged residents touched my heart. These beautiful deserving animals have been given a home that is rare in our society today. Volunteering, I observed first hand the need for continued support and I will always do whatever I can, truly believing in the purpose of this sanctuary and the fulfillment of its mission. I believe everyone should have the opportunity that I had in discovering the value of this endeavor and those in residence, and the contribution the sanctuary is making toward the awareness of the needs of all beings living on this planet.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The times I have spent at HDLM Sanctuary are priceless and remain vivid in my heart of hearts memory. Wynne Zaugg is the most dedicated soul who has boundless love for each and every rescued/acceoted 4 legged resident there. His tireless effort for years and years deserves the highest recognition and support as there are few on our planet with his depth of love and understanding of those animals drawn into his circle of care. The Sanctuary has a large family. Wynne is the guiding parent. He is as loved and respected by the family as much as he loves and respects each member. I have experienced this first hand and have learned so much through observation and interaction myself. My awareness of the animal world has been expanded through my association with the Sanctuary. Wynne needs our financial help more than ever before. I can be a donor now on only a very small scale, but whenever I put a bite of food in my mouth, I can know that my donation provided a bale of alfalpha and a few mouthfuls for my friends at HDLM. Many years ago during other tough times, I shared what I had with another in need. My sharing didn't deprive me as one might have thought. It increased my ability to share more! Now is the time to do yourself a favor and share with these deserving animals. The returns are priceless!

Review from Guidestar

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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.

5 Larry10

Donor

Rating: 5

I have known and worked with Wynne for six years now, and I have never known anyone more devoted to the cause of helping homeless animals as a full time endeavor. This devotion has become crucial as big donors have dried up, and he sometimes does not know where next week's feed for all his rescued animals will come from. I admire Wynne's ability to "walk the tightrope" of donor support and physical help month after month, year after year.

3

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.

3

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.

3 Nancy32

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love to see the happiness in the eyes of the equine residents of HDLM. It is a joy to experience the peace that this special place exudes. So many of the animals were under-weight, abused and/or neglected when they arrived at the Sanctuary. It is amazing to see how they respond to love, care, and healthy food. It truly is a miracle.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

We visited Hacienda De Los Milagros, and it is inspiring to see the dedication and love that it takes to care for these amazing animals. We will continue to donate to this worthwhile organization.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

It was an amazing experience to visit this sanctuary! I admire and appreciate all the work these people are doing!!

3

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.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

Prior to my experience with the Hacienda, I already heard wonderful things from volunteers. After having a personal experience with another friend who worked with Wynne as well as my own interactions with Wynne via email, I have respect and high regard for the work being done there. The Hacienda has served the needs of horses and burros, but also that of the people affected by the work and even other animals in the surrounding communities. Keep up the good work!

1 Jeanette S.

Donor

Rating: 5

This sanctuary is 1 of the best rescue we have ever been involved wITH. They truley care for each animal that is there. If it wasnt for them a lot of animals would have died tragicly or been abused beypnd some peoples imagination. The love these animals receive here show hpw blessed this rescue is a.d worth every dollar donated.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization does wonderful things for the animals they support at their facility. I help out when I can.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The recipients are the creatures the world forgets -- the wild burros that roam the public lands until they are too old to survive, then they suffer and die. Wynne cares for these animals providing food, vet care and a herd of friends so they can live out their days in safety and dignity. As funds permits, he also accepts abused domestic burros and other equines. He stretches a dollar as far as possible so donors can feel comfortable about the management and integrity of the operation.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Who else watches out for the old, infirm and mistreated wild burros and horses in the SW except Wynne and his small band of volunteers. The residents who arrive are in such need of respect and a peaceful place to live out their days. Wynne and the other 4-leggeds welcome and heal the newcomers and provide them with a place to fulfill what is unfinished within their mission on earth. Its magical, its special and words are inadequate to describe how much the donors receive in their souls knowing they added a carrot to a dinner bucket or a handful of grain to soothe a starving newcomer.

2 Tammy C.

Donor

Rating: 5

Hacienda de los Milagros IS a house of miracles. It is a sanctuary that benefits animals and people alike and does so with such extraordinary respect and grace. They have always been responsive and grateful for every donation I have offered. They do such amazing work!! Their sanctuary rescues and heals animals, but in turn the animals heal the people who come to work with them. Wonderful, respectful, responsive and miraculous!

3

Donor

Rating: 5

I publish an equine guide in the state of Arizona, and provide publicity and get the word out to potential donors for HDLM. I regularly interact with the Arizona horse community, which is how I became aware of HDLM many years ago. The organization and it's director, Wynne, have a very positive reputation and provide a much and appreciated needed animal sanctuary in our state. You can count on every dollar donated to go where it needs to, particularly to feed the many animals in the sanctuary's care. This is an honorable and high-quality animal welfare organization deserving of support.