Saving Lives Every Day!
Heaven Can Wait Animal Society, a non-profit 501 (c)(3) animal humane organization, was formed in 2000 by a group of 5 concerned citizens with the idea of building a beautiful 20 acre sanctuary to house all of the unwanted animals in our community. In the meantime, though, animals were and still are dying at rate of around 30,000 per year in our local shelters with even more just dying in the streets. Therefore, we decided to refocus our efforts slightly away from rescue and more toward promoting spay/neuter as the solution to the tragic pet overpopulation problem here in Las Vegas.
As we took the time to research how other communities dealt with and ultimately reduced their impound and euthanasia rates we discovered a common denominator: spay/neuter. Heaven Can Wait now focuses the majority of it's efforts in this area. Through our targeted and aggressive spay/neuter programs, we prevent thousands of unwanted litters each year in our community.
On June 19, 2009 Heaven Can Wait took a giant leap forward by opening a high-volume/high-quality, low-cost/no-cost spay/neuter clinic near Eastern & 95. This clinic serves as a much-needed resource for those who aren’t able to afford sterilization services at regular veterinary prices. Amazingly, over the past 10 years we have spay/neutered 87,500 cats and dogs, the majority of which would have never been sterilized without our help!
In addition to focusing on animal spay and neuter programs, Heaven Can Wait successfully operates several additional programs aimed at reducing animal suffering and euthanasia through educational and rehabilitation programs throughout our community:
Pups on Parole is our dog adoption program that is run out of a local women’s correctional facility. We train the inmates to train the dogs, and after they learn all of their basic commands, are then put up for adoption. This program gives the inmates a feeling of self-worth and confidence along with helping to rehabilitate dogs that come from difficult and sometimes abusive situations. Out of over 100 inmates involved in the program not one of the women subsequently released from the facility has ever returned. In fact, many of them have gone on to work in the animal field as groomers, trainers, and as employees of Heaven Can Wait. To learn more about Pups on Parole, click here.
Tales to Tails matches a therapy dog with a learning disabled child in order to help them with their reading skills. The child is embarrassed to read in front of others so the dog serves as a way for them to feel more comfortable doing so. On average, after spending time in the program, the child’s reading skills improve a grade and a half. In many instances their teachers and parents are moved to tears because of the progress they make. To learn more about Tales to Tails, click here.
Pawsitively Seniors allows a senior citizen to permanently foster an adult cat at select assisted living facilities in Las Vegas. Adult cats are difficult to adopt out and senior citizens sometimes suffer from loneliness and need companionship in their later years. With this program we cover all of the costs of food, litter, and medical care for the cat they choose to foster. We help them by giving them a new friend and they help by taking in a cat that wouldn’t be adopted as quickly as a cute little kitten. It’s a win-win for everyone. To learn more about Pawsitively Seniors, click here.
Angels for Animals is our afterschool program that teaches the importance of responsible pet ownership. Right now it is available to children at 10 schools and is continuing to expand quickly. During the program the children are given a workbook and stuffed animal and are responsible for its care and learning what owning a pet entails. Everything from the cost of food and medical care to the importance of where they get their pet is covered. Plays are also performed for the other students to educate them on the pet overpopulation in Las Vegas. All of the lesson plans and plays can be downloaded from our website. To learn more about Angels for Animals, click here.
The Feral Cat Clinic is a once-a-month clinic strictly for the sterilization of feral cats that are roaming our streets. In just a few short hours this clinic sterilizes up to 300 cats. It is an entirely volunteer run program that includes everyone from approximately 15 veterinarians and vet techs to children and helpers that have been involved from its inception 8 years ago. Attendance is on average 80 people. The cats we encounter on these days are the ones most responsible for the pet overpopulation in Las Vegas and it is essential that they are sterilized. Many times, since the majority of them aren’t able to be handled without first being sedated, this is the only opportunity they will ever have to be examined by a vet. To learn more about the Feral Cat Clinic, click here.
Our Low-cost Spay/Neuter Programs are the most active of all of our programs. Opened in the summer of 2009, our new clinic is now averaging 12,000 sterilizations a year with approximately 60% of those subsidized. We are able to provide this funding for the less-fortunate families who need their animals spayed/neuter through grants and other donations. Everyone receiving services through this program must first submit proof of financial need and fill out an application to ensure we are helping people who truly need it. Every year we serve an average of 4000 families with our sterilization programs, and they have combined to result in the spay/neuter of over 60,000 at-risk animals in our community since 2000.
It’s The Pits is a program aimed at helping the largely misunderstood pit bull breed. While the properly trained pit bull is loving, intelligent and very loyal, untrained pit bulls or worse yet pit bulls trained to be aggressive have given this breed a bad name. And their reputation has only gotten worse in recent times with events such as the Michael Vick dog fighting incidents. Because of this, pit bulls in shelters have very little chance of being adopted and every day in the Las Vegas area 15 pit bulls are put down. To learn about the It’s the Pits program and how we can help this misunderstood breed, click here.
Pet Adoptions – While the majority of our efforts are on spay & neuter programs, Heaven Can Wait does house and prepare a limited number of cats and dogs for adoptions into permanent loving homes. Heaven Can Wait is also assisted with adoptions through a partnership with PetSmart. We have placed over 8,000 happy cats and dogs into loving, forever homes since 2000. To learn why you should adopt, click here.
Heaven Can Wait and its programs are made possible with generous donations from the community and the relentless spirit of our wonderful volunteers to make a difference every day in the lives of animals. If you would like to donate to Heaven Can Wait, click here.
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