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Hacienda De Los Milagros, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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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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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Donor

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I recently had the opportunity to visit this site and interact with the gentle, loving horses and burros. There has been a significant amount of research showing the healing benefits of animals and I would strongly encourage everyone to visit the site and experience the love these animals share with their human visitors. Don't forget to bring some carrots and apples- you will quickly make a few friends!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have had the honor of being associated with HDLM for almost 4 years as both a donor and a volunteer. It has been an experience both rewarding and, at times, frustrating.

The reward is in seeing these noble, gentle, and loving animals find a forever home where they are treated with the love and respect they so richly deserve.

The frustration comes from seeing the constant struggle to find the funding necessary to keep the sanctuary viable.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My wife and I had the pleasure of visiting Hacienda De Los Milagros last October when we were in Arizona. It was a wonderful experience to see first hand the love and devotion Wynne Zaugg has for the animals he has made a home for. He has so many mules, donkeys, horses, burros, that it takes 24/7 dedication to keep this place going. We have been a donor for many years because we believe in what he is doing to save these rescue animals.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I was looking to visit an animal sanctuary when I was on a trip to Mesa, and found Hacienda de los Milagros. When I met Wynne and experienced his passion for rescuing animals, I was touched and inspired. The burros and horses are very well cared for and loved. I am proud to support this sanctuary, and encourage others to visit there and see this extraordinary place for themselves.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Wynne is so dedicated and loves the horses so much and it shows. I am proud to be friend of Hacienda de los Milagros and its efforts to rescue the horses

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have sent several donations for HDLM to help them with the animals. Their work is so needed, and they are so deserving of monetary assistance and volunteer time. I would encourage you to donate to Wynne's organization, the money will be well used.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Wynne is one of the kindest people I know and his dedication to what he does is unmatched .If we could clone him and his love of animals , it would be a better world.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Hacienda De Los Milagros, the home of miracles, has given countless equine and other animals a second chance and a lifetime sanctuary. Wynne and the other volunteers at HDLM are among the most dedicated and caring animal guardians I have ever known. They dedicate their lives, not just their time, to the care and well being of the residents at teh Sanctuary, who are treated with love, dignity and respect. This organization is most worthy of consideration.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Like magic, I was drawn to the website of the HdlM. There are no accidents in life, and this one is no exception. But everything about the organization is exceptional! They exemplify the

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Donor

Rating: 5

I met Wynne about a year ago at an event in Scottsdale. I had not heard of the group until that point, but after speaking with Wynne for a while and reading their story in Earth Odyssey, I knew this was a place I wanted to be involved with. I have still yet to visit the sanctuary, but will be in Cottonwood May 16th and will finally get a chance. Thank you Hacienda for all you do to help make this world a better place.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Hacienda de los Milagros is a magical place that heals animals and humans alike. I first found out about this wonderful place through a healing organization I am affiliated with. I am personally convinced of the healing powers that blossom when animals and people come together, and I have experienced this healing through my own recovery. I truly hope to visit and volunteer in person soon.

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Donor

Rating: 5

As an animal communicator, I have had the invitiation & pleasure of speaking with some of the HDLM residents. They always expressed great joy and appreciation for being part of HDLM. Wynne, the director is also wonderful about corresponding with via e-mail. He has a loving heart for the work he does and a willingness to allow HDLM to evolve. I too have donated $ and am grateful for the letter of appreciation mailed my way as a result. Danielle Tremblay, NY

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Donor

Rating: 5

What's odd is that I have never had the opportunity to visit Hacienda de los Milagros (HDLM.) I have a small group of individuals who are horse advocates trying to end horse slaughter and help local rescues. I learned that HDLM was having a rough time in this economy, loosing almost a third of their donation base. This is catastrophic for a non-profit. I started trying to get people to help HDLM, and in the meantime, I fell in love with the burros there! The group does a great job of marketing their Sanctuary on the website, describing all the animals, giving all their names, and when they arrived, while providing lots of wonderful pictures. I have donated several times, and I always get a nice receipt thanking me. I have spoken to the director, Wynne Zaugg, on the phone, and his attachment and communication with the animals is amazing. I now "talk" to Wynne regularly, communicating through email. HDLM has survived since around 1990 by developing a donation base, and by doing an excellent job with the animals there. Even the local feed-store praises them. It will be a magnificent day when I get to go visit the sanctuary, and talk to the burros myself!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have visited and happily donated to the Hacienda De Los Milagros, Inc for about 5 years. This Teaching and Healing Sanctuary for 105 burros, 22 horses and other abused and neglected animals is amazing. Much is done for the animals with minimal finances. I am constantly impressed with the Executive Director, Wynne Zaugg. I have visited and am always amazed at his calling all animals by name and telling the touching stories of why they are their. The genuine concern for each animal is evident. Although, often struggling in this ecomony the atmosphere is positive and caring. I want to thank all for their wonderful work. There is a very spirtual feeling when you are in the presence of these sweet creatures.