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Behind The Scenes

Joanie Spina
During the past decade lots of wonderful videos have been filmed highlighting Heaven Can Wait, our spay/neuter clinic and our community programs. We would like to take this time to introduce the person who has been on the camera side of these videos and send her a long overdue Thank You!

Joanie Spina, award-winning director of the popular documentaries, “Born To Die” and “Dr. Death” has generously given her time and expertise behind the scenes filming and directing countless videos for our group. Owner of Roxie Video Productions, Joanie has been sharing her passion for saving homeless animals with HCWS since she moved to Las Vegas in 2002.

Joanie explained that when she moved into her Las Vegas home the neighborhood was overrun with feral cats and she knew something had to be done to stop their misery. A lucky introduction led her to Heaven Can Wait where she learned about our feral cat clinic and trap-neuter-return program. Joanie had just completed a degree in videography and offered her skills to our group.

“After 30 years in the entertainment industry I wanted to do a project that was an important cause to me. I knew the feral cat story needed to be told,” said Spina.

Joanie combined her staging and directing background from her days with the David Copperfield show with her new filming skills and made several videos of Heaven Can Wait’s feral cat clinic. She caught on tape the mass delivery of feral cats trapped by volunteers, the pre-surgery prep performed by volunteer vet-techs and the spay and neuter surgeries done by local veterinarians.

Joanie calls the clinic, “A well-oiled machine.” She is encouraged by the progress HCWS President, Harold Vosko has made over the years. “It’s been very rewarding to see how Harold keeps the momentum going,” said Spina.

Recently Joanie has been behind the scenes with HCWS spokesperson Taylor Makakoa for a new series of videos. The team has filmed stories about our cat adoption program, Pups on Parole program to rehabilitate rescued dogs, Pawsitively Seniors cat foster program and more.

Joanie is the proud guardian of three dogs. Soon life will be taking her away from Las Vegas and Heaven Can Wait will miss her greatly. On behalf of everyone in our organization, thank you Joanie for all you have done for homeless animals and for all your help to Heaven Can Wait.

If you have a talent or skill you would like to share with HCWS please complete a volunteer application at: http://www.hcws.org.


One Response

  1. Joanie – Thank you so much for all you have done for our city and the thousands of helpless and homeless babies we have. I know you have been instrumental in helping many rescue groups in town and I have just heard your story. I want you to know that there are many people in Vegas that hold you and your cause close to our hearts and we will be praying for you as you leave town. I hope you get the care you need to return to us and continue your legacy. While I can’t take one of your babies with me I will certainly spread the word and do what I can to help them find their new families! Best wishes to you and Thank you again so so much for all you do and have done.

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