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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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

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.


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.


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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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.