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 lofty goal of building a beautiful 20 acre sanctuary to house all of the unwanted animals in our community. In the meantime, animals were and still are dying at rate of around 30,000 per year in our local shelters while many more simply die on streets. Therefore, we decided to refocus our efforts away from rescue and more into promoting spay/neuter as the solution to our pet overpopulation problem here in Las Vegas.
We learned early on that spay/neuter was one of the prominent common denominators that other successful cities and states have used to reduce euthanasia in their shelters and since have focused heavily in this area. Through simple spay and neuter surgeries, thousands of unwanted litters are prevented each year in our community.
During the past 7 years we have spay/neutered close to 40,000 cats and dogs. Last year, because of the Nevada Community Foundation’s assistance, we were able to sterilize an unbelievable 7,745 animals! We also placed close to 900 cats and dogs through our adoption programs. Amazingly, we do all of these great things without even having a public facility!
The latest and greatest news is that we will be opening a spay/neuter clinic location in the City of Las Vegas this June. This clinic will serve as a much-needed resource for those who aren’t able to afford sterilization services at regular veterinary prices. We are also working on securing a permanent clinic location in the City of Henderson. On April 19th a resolution was introduced to award Heaven Can Wait a 2.4 acre parcel of land adjacent to their shelter for the purpose of building an even larger spay/neuter clinic and office facility. If passed on May 19th we will then sign a 50-year lease at $39 a year and will have 6 years to plan and begin construction on our future.
In addition to focusing on animal spay and neuter programs, Heaven Can Wait successfully operates several additional programs aimed at reducing animal suffering and euthanizations through educational and rehabilitation programs throughout the community.
Tales to Tails is a children’s literacy program that utilizes animals to assist children who are having a difficult time reading. Children will read aloud to Heaven Can Wait animals, many of which were rescued. The animals serve as a calm, non-judgmental audience and the special bond that forms between the children and the animals help the kids overcome a number of speech, reading and self-confidence issues. On average, children’s reading skills advance two grade levels after participating in the Tales to Tails program. To learn more about Tales to Tails, .
Pups on Parole (as seen on “The Dog Whisperer” and voted best episode of year) has proven to be an incredibly successful program for not only animals in need but also for the community as a whole. Inmates are trained to rehabilitate “problem” dogs and in turn the animals help rehabilitate the inmates by teaching them essential life skills such as structure, discipline and affection. Many inmates who have completed the Pups on Parole program have obtained careers in related fields such as groomers and trainers. And through the program, over 600 obedience trained dogs, which were once seen as having little chance of being adopted due to behavioral issues, have been placed into permanent, loving homes. The Pups on Parole program currently operates in The Florence McClure Women’s Correctional Center and The Jean Conservation Camp. To learn more about Pups on Parole, .
Feral Cat Clinic has been the flagship program in Heaven Can Wait’s W.A.R. (War Against Reproduction) aimed at controlling the overpopulation of feral (wild) cats and eliminate their suffering. To learn more about the Feral Cat Clinic .
Ground Zero is our second W.A.R. program aimed at providing spay and neuter options for people who want to be responsible pet owners, but cannot because of cost or transportation problems. Utilizing a mobile veterinary clinic, Heaven Can Wait can bring these essential services to the communities that need it most. To learn more about Ground Zero, .
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, .
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. To browse the available cats and dogs or to learn how to help, 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, .. If you wish to become a Heaven Can Wait volunteer,