Meet Mueller, HHH’s adoptable animal of the week

Mueller gets a free run of the horse areas at the Heavenly Horse Haven Equine Rescue ranch. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo

The rotund little burro gelding named Mueller was discovered at a feed lot on his way to a questionable future. The kind-hearted animal was purchased and landed at the Heavenly Horse Haven equine rescue in Anza.

“He is a good boy and would make a nice companion,” rescue owner Gina Perrin said.

Mueller is curious, laid back, wise and steady as are most of his breed. Donkeys are famous for their surefootedness, intelligence and protective natures. Many Anza residents employ burros to guard herds of sheep and goats as the spunky equines have little tolerance for predators.

Mueller is the ranch supervisor, overseeing all activities. He is somewhat round, with pivoting donkey ears and a glancing, kind eye. He is gentle and comfortable with people and horses.

This wonderful animal is looking for a new ranch to supervise.

Mueller needs to know everything that is going on at all times at the Heavenly Horse Haven Equine Rescue ranch. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo

The Heavenly Horse Haven equine rescue ranch is looking for loving homes for the adoptable animals, primarily horses.

Perrin said she also needs more volunteers to assist at the ranch, due to her ongoing health issues.

Many of the animals at Heavenly Horse Haven were acquired by the rescue in poor condition and in need of rehabilitation. Others were owner-relinquished in perfect health and in various phases of training. The horses are assessed and vetted, and their individual needs are met. Additional training is provided if needed. When they are ready, they are offered for adoption to their forever homes.

“It is our mission to help meet the need for a ‘safe haven’ for horses or other farm animals who are at risk, neglected, abused, too expensive to keep, unwanted or otherwise in need of special care,” according to the Heavenly Horse Haven website. “We are a diverse team of donors, supporters and volunteers from all walks of life who have stood up and said, ‘Not on my watch!’ We are united in the belief that ‘I can help save this animal.’”

Besides horses, ponies and miniature horses, the ranch is home to an emu, dogs, donkeys, llamas, alpacas, goats, poultry and pigs.

Heavenly Horse Haven is located at 58290 Marlis Lane in Anza. Contact them at (951) 551-3561 or at

For more information about Heavenly Horse Haven, visit or find them on Facebook.

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