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.
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 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 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.
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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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!
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.
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.
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!
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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.
It's a delightful view: approximately 50 donkeys (burros) in a field next to the road peacefully munching on hay. There are about 25 horses in another field and some small paddocks for aged or ailing equines.
The love and patience shown by volunteers is outstanding. Sick animals needing 24-hours care are dedicatedly ministered to and watched over. There are an enthusiastic swarm of volunteers at all hours of the day (and night) eager to make the donkeys (burros) happy.
This is one of the best rescue groups I've seen, and I've been a volunteer in various animal groups in 3 states.
N. John and Linda L. Stevens
From the first time , almost 4 years ago, I fell in love with HDLM.The feeling of love is endless. My husband and I have been volunteers and help where ever needed. This sanctuary is a part of all of us and our world. And our dear friend Wynne, has been sacrificing his life to our four legged friends ,which in turn has helped so many people.Come, share time with the animals and their love and healing power. de and de ranch
This is my favorite place to be the burros are so welcoming. As soon as they see you they call out and welcome you. Of course they are asking if you have carrots for them, one of their favorite treats. When you walk among them some well come right up and wait for hugs if someone wants a hug and you ignore him or her you'll get a gentle nudge, hay what about me. You can't help but have a light heart and big smile when you leave.
We all get requests for donations. How do we know they do what they say? The answer is we don’t unless we see with our own eyes.
About a month ago, I became a volunteer at Hacienda de los Milagros, a lifetime sanctuary for horses and burros and mules in Chino Valley, AZ.
I say this from the bottom of my heart and without reservation. I have never seen such an outpouring of love, genuine affection and devotion and concern as I have from the founder of this sanctuary. His name is Wynne Zaugg. He is not a once a week visitor. He is at the sanctuary 24/7 overseeing all that goes on. Nothing escapes him. Alongside Wynne is a volunteer team. Like Wynne they are unselfishly devoted above and beyond their own needs. These horses and burros come first and foremost. All the people I have met here have true passion, love and a belief in what they do to help give these animals the ‘”Good Life”.
Many of these animals have come from abuse and/or neglect, some in very serious condition. These animals are now healthy, cared for, well fed and pretty darned spoiled, not to say beautiful.
I have such tremendous admiration and respect for all the people here. Bless them, each and every one for making this life a much better place for all of us 2 legged and 4 legged.
When one considers the dedication of the founder of this non-profit organization giving 24/7 year after year after year to feed, water, care for with medical attention and boundless love the four legged residents at HDLM Sanctuary, amazement settles in. First hand, I witnessed this devotion and care having lived nearby and participating whenever I could however I could. The residents at HDLM are beloved. They are deserving. They have much to teach and to share with those who are drawn to their message. This sanctuary needs to continue to be supported as it strives to fulfill its mission of unselfed acceptance and love for our fellow creatures on this planet.
You can feel the love coming from the animals as soon as you step foot onto the property. It's an *amazing* healing place, one that is open to all. HDLM is a beautiful gift to this planet.
I've traveled all over the planet, and I consider HDLM to be one of the top sacred healing places that I've visited. (I am also a healer.)
Wynne has a huge heart, is honest, trustworthy, and dependable, and has dedicated his life to support the animals, and HDLM's mission.
in a very humble and somewhat hidden setting, this is a true jewel to be explored and experienced.
I met Wynne a few years ago and our love and respect of equines and all life is acommon bond. I was working at a crisis youth shelter in Prescott. Wynne allowed me to bring kids from our shelter to his each week and I would let the burros and horses work their majic with the children in crisis. As we brushed and walked among the equines and I spoke to the kids about how equines relate to each other and how to relate to them respectfully, I saw much healing, where conventional therapies were failing. I am a certified equine interaction professional. Wynnes dedication and love for these critters is phonomenal. That these animals are available and willing to help humans makes this place and it's mission a major contribution to the community and the world!!
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I first learned about HDLM about 3 years ago. They are the most wonderful animals. So funny, I can't help but to smile when I spent time with them. I just want to hug and squeeze them. When my family comes from CA I buy carrots and take them to feed the animals. They just love to visit them. And the animals just love the carrots.
The Hacienda de los Milagros is truly a magical place both for the animals who have found sanctuary there and for the people who visit them. Abandoned and abused horses and burros heal and thrive under the compassionate care and love of Director Wynne Zaugg. Visitors themselves have returned home healed, one woman having a notable improvement in her heart condition, after spending time with these gentle creatures. As an animal communicator I have spoken with many of the animals and recorded their wise words for humankind. At the Hacienda de los Milagros, we truly are all one.
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