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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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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

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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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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.