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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

59 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!!!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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

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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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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

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!

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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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been an avid and grateful supporter of a number of animal rescue/ welfare organizations for at least the last twenty years, and I am forever grateful for all that these wonderful groups have achieved to help our animal friends. In November, I learned about Hacienda De Los Milagros, an extraordinary sanctuary that operates on a smaller scale than most of the well known groups, but achieves notable accomplishments for abandoned and rescued burros and horses in Arizona. I view those animals as an underserved and possibly even endangered group because rescue organizations which focus on companion animals receive so much more attention and a proportionately larger share of charitable donations. I did some research as I always do before I contribute to a 501 (c) (3) not- for- profit. I have frequently been dismayed over the years when I've discovered that a substantial percentage of every dollar contributed is allocated to cover executive salaries and administrative costs. That is not the case with Hacienda De Los Milagros, where no one receives a salary and all donations go directly to help and care for the animals. I was pleased to learn that this is a legitimate teaching and healing lifetime sanctuary that was first established as a retirement home for horses twenty years ago, and was later expanded to provide refuge for burros from Death Valley beginning in 1995. Executive Director Wynne Zaugg appears to be a person of real integrity and genuine kindness. I was touched to read about his great devotion and compassion towards the animals in his care. I live on the east coast, so I can not personally visit this wonderful ranch, but I will gladly contribute financially and encourage my friends and co-workers to do the same. I feel absolutely certain that our money will be put to very good use and that many wonderful and deserving animals will be given long and peaceful, happy lives as a result.


2 montyjoynes

Donor

Rating: 5

In walking among the horses and the nearly 100 burros at Hacienda de los Milagros, my wife Pat and I felt no fear. A calmness came over us not unlike meditation. It was an effortless meditation that opened our hearts to the many hearts of four-legged compassion. The sweetness of it brought tears to our eyes. We were both giving and receiving in the same moments of joy. We were surrounded by empathetic souls who freed us from all judgments and all fears. The quality of acceptance came in every touch, and in eye contacts the gift of understanding was immediately accessible. It was a wonderful experience that all master teachers recommend to us…the end of separation…the ultimate recognition that all life is sacred.

Thank you, dear human and animal friends, for demonstrating the most important lesson of life: we are all family.

See the full story of our visit at http://writingasaprofession.wordpress.com/2011/07/19/walk-with-the-burros/