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A Special Holiday Thank You

]Ty says thank you to Las Vegas. Ty says thank you to Las Vegas.

Last week was absolutely amazing for Heaven Can Wait and it was all due to your support.  With contributions from animal lovers across the Las Vegas valley, we made great gains that will continue to help homeless pets in our city.

Thanks to the folks at The Morning Blend show, Heaven Can Wait began the week with the first-ever televised event for homeless animals in Las Vegas.   Then we wrapped things up with our very popular annual Holiday Luncheon.  Thanks to your support, both events were a howling success!

“Saving Vegas Pets” aired Tuesday morning on The Morning Blend on KTNV Channel 13. As HCWS President Harold Vosko talked to the hosts of the show about our aggressive spay and neuter programs to stop 30,000 cats and dogs from being euthanized in local shelters each year, a great group of volunteers waited anxiously to answer calls from the public.

Everyone wondered, “Would people pick up their phone and call?”  We are proud to say Las Vegas cares very much about the pet overpopulation problem in our city.  Our phone lines were filled with people who called to make donations and tell us about the wonderful pets in their lives.  Some of the callers were in tears.  The tail-a-thon raised more than $9,000 in one hour.

On Sunday afternoon at The M Resort a sellout crowd gathered for the Holiday Luncheon and a special performance by Las Vegas headliner Terry Fator.  Both Terry and Taylor Fator were Honorary Luncheon Chairs for the event.

For the second time in the week Las Vegans showed their generosity to save animals.  Our silent and live auctions were record breaking events.  And so many people bought raffle tickets, we actually ran out!

The Board of Directors of Heaven Can Wait Animal Society would like say a heartfelt thank you to EVERYONE who supported the events last week.  We pledge to continue our efforts to stop the senseless killing of pets in local shelters until there a none left and the problem is “fixed.”  We hope you have a very Happy Holiday Season!

Meet all of the cats and dogs ready for new homes at: http://www.hcws.org

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2 Responses

  1. My goal for the past 3 years has been to lower the number of homeless animals put to death in this County. I’ve been cross posting for many of the local Rescue’s including Nevada SPCA. Getting the proper legislation passed to have spaying and neutering after the age of 4 months is essential. Putting to death homeless animals is inhumane and insane. So I’ve seen progress….but when I watched the presentation of HCWS I cried. It is everything an more that should be is being done to stop the killing and protect, shelter, nuture, etc the animals. Thank you. Mr. Lasko you are an angel in people’s clothing.
    I just visited the PetSmart at Water and Lake Mead Pkwy where they are holding 50 animals from Lied up for adoption…..there are so many signs that killing can stop. We need fosters………Reno did it, we can do it. NO KILL. Thank you.

    • Hi Sue,
      Thank you for watching the Heaven Can Wait tail-a-thon. It sounds like you do lots of good work on behalf of homeless pets in our valley. You are correct that one of the key answers to the problem is mandatory spay and neuter. I am happy to report that in 2011 and 2012 the euthanasia rates have gone down. It looks like the rate will be approximately 3,000 less than last year. We feel like we have finally turned a corner to see the end of innocent animals put to death because there are not enough homes. You mentioned proper legislation for spay and neuter after the age of 4 months. I wanted to point out a law regarding mandatory sterilization was passed in Clark County last year. Here is a link with the details: http://www.clarkcountynv.gov/Depts/admin_services/animalcontrol/Pages/SpayNeuter.aspx
      You also mentioned the great strides made in Reno to stop euthanasia. The city did a wonderful job making adoption centers closer to the community, keeping them open longer hours and reuniting lost pets with their owners. I hope Las Vegas will implement more of their techniques. The biggest difference HCWS sees between the two cities is in the in-take of homeless animals. The number in Las Vegas is vastly larger than what Reno ever had to handle and that is why we are focusing our efforts on preventing unwanted births through aggressive spay and neuter. Hopefully the in-take numbers will drop off and Las Vegas can move to become a NO KILL city too.
      And regarding your final point, yes foster families are needed by all of the rescue groups in So. Nevada. To find out how to become a foster for Heaven Can Wait, please call 702-227-5555.

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