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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.