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NV Energy and Las Vegas 51s Partner to Help Heaven Can Wait

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Heaven Can Wait Animal Society would like to thank NV Energy for choosing our organization as the recipient of this year’s Las Vegas 51s NV Energy Save of the Game. We hope HCWS baseball fans will go to as many games as possible this season to cheer us on and support the Las Vegas 51s team.

Each year NV Energy partners with the Las Vegas 51s baseball team for the NV Energy Save of the Game.  For every save earned by the 51s at home games, NV Energy will make a donation of up to a total of $5,000 to a Nevada nonprofit organization.

Heaven Can Wait Animal Society was picked because we are, “an organization whose goal is to provide sanctuary to unwanted animals in our community – saving them from death in shelters or on the streets.  Through its aggressive spay and neuter program, adoptions and other robust educational programs, Heaven Can Wait continues its mission to eliminate companion animal suffering and pet overpopulation.”

The Las Vegas 51s will play lots of home games during the 2013 season so there is plenty of opportunity to show support for our team.  This Link will take you to the season calendar.

NV Energy is a strong ally of Heaven Can Wait.  Their employees hold annual charitable drives collecting much needed supplies for our cats and dogs and the NV Energy Team participates in our annual Lose A Pound Memory Walk.

At the end of baseball season a representative from NV Energy will present a check on-field to Heaven Can Wait for every home game save.

Show your support for the work done at HCWS by Clicking Here.

Photo: Courtesy Creative Commons – Madmiked

Youth Group Member Hand Crafts Jewelry To Benefit HCWS

HCWS Youth Group member Sage (pictured with her cat, Tippie) designed jewelry to help the cats and dogs in our care.

HCWS Youth Group member Sage (pictured with her cat, Tippie) designed jewelry to help the cats and dogs in our care.

The Heaven Can Wait Youth Group gives kids aged 10-18 a chance to learn about animal care and animal rescue.   It was organized as a way to teach the next generation how to be responsible pet owners.  However once in a while, one of the students has a new idea to teach us.  This is the case with Sage, who is helping homeless pets with a line of jewelry she hand makes.

Twelve year-old Sage and her grandmother Jorie have designed and handcrafted earrings and bracelets for Heaven Can Wait with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the cats and dogs in our care.

Bracelets have colorful beads and a paw or cat charm.

Bracelets have colorful beads and a paw or cat charm.

The jewelry which is made from “real silver” is being sold for $15.  It can be purchased each Friday and Saturday at the HCWS Warehouse Sale at 6360 Annie Oakley (between Sunset and Russell).   The Warehouse Sale is open 9am to 2pm.  Jewelry can also be bought by contacting the HCWS Youth Group at: hcwsyouth@hcws.org.

Sage said she came up with the idea when all of the members of the Youth Group were asked to think of creative fundraising ideas.  Sage said her grandmother came to visit at about the same time and together they decided to make the jewelry.

Earrings have cat or dog face charms.

Earrings have cat or paw print charms.

Sage has been active in the HCWS Youth Group since last summer.  Her parents introduced her to the group because they knew their daughter is interested in helping animals and hopes to one day become a veterinarian.

Heaven Can Wait is very proud of Sage’s accomplishments and we look forward to see what else she will be doing in the future for homeless animals.

You can read more about the jewelry on the Heaven Can Wait Youth Group Facebook page.   And you can learn more about our Youth Group by Clicking Here.

Charitable Giving Drive From Navarro-Intera Employees

Cats like Magoo, who are waiting to be adopted, get to enjoy toys, food, bedding and more when they are donated.

Cats like Magoo, who are waiting to be adopted, get to enjoy toys, food, bedding and more when they are donated.

Heaven Can Wait would like to send a huge thank you to the employees at Navarro-Intera for once again choosing our organization for their annual charitable giving drive.  Last week a representative from the environmental services company stopped by our clinic with a carload full of pet food, towels, sheets, pet carriers and a cash donation.

All of the items donated are used every day in the HCWS Spay and Neuter Clinic and in our Adoption Center for the cats and dogs in our care.  The contribution is greatly appreciated.

A letter that accompanied the donation said:

“…Our employees association, Support for Navarro Association for People (SNAP), selected your organization to support based on your mission to eliminate companion animal suffering and pet overpopulation through aggressive spay/neuter, adoptions, community outreach programs, and education…”

If your company or charitable group would like to start a Donation Drive, please contact us volunteer@hcws.org for a list of items that Heaven Can Wait needs.  Or if you’ve already collected items, please come by our clinic at 546 N. Eastern Ave. Ste 175 Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  to drop them off.   There is no minimum number of items that need to be donated.

Here is a suggested list of items we always need:

  • Towels
  • Blankets
  • Pet Carriers
  • Pet Food
  • Cat and Dog Toys
  • Dog Collars
  • Cat and Dog Treats
  • Kitty Litter

Heaven Can Wait spays and neuters 10,000 – 13,000 cats and dogs each year.  The majority of pet clients come from low-income homes and the cost of surgeries are not fully covered by fees.  The other half of our clients are un-owned, free roaming cats.   Your generous donations are always greatly appreciated and help us continue our work to end the senseless killing of healthy pets in Las Vegas area shelters because of pet overpopulation.

Common Misconceptions Pet Owners Have About Microchips

Colonel is a Schnauzer mix who is waiting for a new home at HCWS.

Colonel is a Schnauzer mix who is waiting for a new home at HCWS.

By Amber Mahrou

Does your pet have a microchip? If your furry buddy is from Heaven Can Wait Animal Society, the answer to that question is—yes!  Heaven Can Wait microchips all of the cats and dogs that find new homes through our adoption program, but many pet parents don’t receive the full benefit that a microchip provides because of these common misconceptions.

Micro-Myth 1: There is no need to do anything with your pet’s microchip; it is already set up for use.

Actually, although the microchip is always functional, you must register the microchip with your own name and address in order for it to be helpful in reuniting you and your pet in the case that Fido or Fluffy gets lost. Don’t forget to update the contact information you have registered if you change your phone number or address! Think of the microchip as an emergency ID tag which your pet can never lose; you wouldn’t want the wrong number or address hanging around your pet’s neck in case of accidental separation, would you?  Registering your pet is done by contacting the company that provided the microchip.  The two top companies are Avid or Home Again.  Information should be provided in your adoption packet. That said—

Micro-Myth 2: Microchips replace ID tags.

Although microchips contain the same information, or more, as an ID tag, you need special equipment to scan and read it. Veterinarians and animal shelter staff can check for microchips on lost pets, but your average Good Samaritan will not be able to see that information in order to return your pet to you. An easy to read ID tag attached to your pet’s collar is a must have item. Of course, Heaven Can Wait encourages everyone who finds a lost pet to take them to a veterinarian to be scanned for a microchip. You never know when a small act like this will help reunite an adventurous pet with their original owner!

Micro-Myth 3: Microchips can act as small GPS units, allowing owners to pinpoint the location of lost pets.

Since they are essentially small, un-lose-able ID tags, microchips only provide the details that would be necessary for a pet’s recovery—the owner’s name, address, and phone number, as well as your pet’s name. There are devices for sale on the market that DO act as a small GPS unit when placed on your pet’s collar, but microchips are not such devices!

Not sure whether your pet has a microchip? You can find out by having them scanned at your veterinarian’s office.  If they do not have a chip already, you may get one for your pet as an added security measure. The chip itself is about the size of a grain of rice, which is injected under a pet’s skin around the neck. It does not hurt any more than a routine vaccination, and most pets don’t even notice when they are being given one. Microchips may not be ID replacements or GPS units, but they still reunite thousands of pets with their owners every month; register yours, and your furry friend has a better chance of being one of those lucky pets if you ever become separated!  It’s the responsible thing to do.

Heaven Can Wait pet adoptions are held every Thursday – Sunday for cats and each Saturday for dogs.  For details check our website: www.hcws.org

April Is Prevention Of Cruelty To Animals Month

Be part of the solution and stop animal cruelty.

Be part of the solution and stop animal cruelty.

by Lucy Bobeck

April is National Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month.  The event was started by the ASPCA to call attention to the countless animals that are abused, neglected and abandoned each year and how individuals can fight against it.

Around 7 million animals enter shelters each year.  Approximately 4 million are euthanized.  Sadly only 40 percent of dogs are adopted, and cats have a 30 percent adoption rate.  Half of the animals entering shelters are owner surrenders.

Why are so many animals let down by the people who are supposed to take care of them? Society, too often, does not value animals and sees them as disposable.  Or owners do not take the time to train pets to obey even simple commands. (Behavior problems rank high on the reasons dogs and cats are surrendered.)

How can we change an uncaring world into one that values our beautiful, loyal animals?  The ASPCA thinks each person can make a personal difference and suggests these tips for recognizing and reporting animal abuse:

  • Know who to call in your community to report abuse.
  • Get to know the animals in your neighborhood.
  • Call authorities when you see something amiss.
  • Fight for the passage of anti-cruelty laws.
  • Talk to kids about how to treat animals with kindness and respect.
  • Support your local shelter or rescue group.

Heaven Can Wait helps every day by seeing that the dogs we rescue are ready to be adopted into new homes through our Pups on Parole training program. Our Angels for Animals humane education programs provides school children with direct, grade level information on caring for, and respecting animals.  And our Youth Group gets kids involved in helping homeless animals in the community.

What’s the best way to solve the problem?  Prevent it in the first place by eliminating pet overpopulation through spay and neuter. Heaven Can Wait’s targeted spay and neuter programs are instrumental in preventing unwanted litters of puppies or kittens from being born and ultimately being surrendered to shelters.

Let’s work toward every home being a loving home.

Get involved in stopping animal cruelty in Las Vegas by completing the HCWS volunteer application.

HCWS Spay And Neuter Clinic Priced To Meet Every Budget

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Heaven Can Wait Animal Society low-cost clinic leaves NO EXCUSES  to not have your cat or dog spayed or neutered.  Call TODAY (702) 655-4800 for an appointment. 

(Special applies to eligible residents in Zip Codes: 89156 and 89110.)

  • Owned Cats – $10
  • Chihuahua or Pit Bull Dogs -$40
  • Unowned Cats -FREE

Let’s make 2013 the year when ALL Clark County pets are fixed and ZERO unwanted kittens and puppies are born.  Please join us this Spring during the time when new life is born and support our efforts to end pet overpopulation and euthanasia in Southern Nevada.  Look for our mailer or make your Donation NOW.

Heaven Can Wait Thanks Chef Heinz Lauer

Chef Heinz Lauer shares a moment with impressionist Terry Fator at the HCWS Holiday Luncheon.

Chef Heinz Lauer shares a moment with impressionist Terry Fator at the HCWS Holiday Luncheon.

A private dinner prepared by Chef Heinz Lauer has become one of the favorite auction items at the annual Heaven Can Wait Holiday Luncheon.  The private parties for 10 have also brought in generous donations to help homeless animals.

Chef Lauer, who owns Culinaria Cuisine, has been in the hospitality business since he was 14-years-old where he began as a culinary apprentice at the exclusive Brenner’s Park Hotel located in Baden-Baden in Germany’s Black Forest.  His career has taken him to hotels, restaurants and cruise lines throughout Germany, the Caribbean and the United States.

With a Master of Science in Hotel/Restaurant Management, Chef Lauer took on the position of Executive Sous Chef and Chef Instructor at the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco and later Executive Chef at Le Cordon Bleu-College of Culinary Arts.

Odyssey came into the chef's life in a most unusual way.

Odyssey came into the chef’s life in a most unusual way.

In addition to all of his accomplishments, the chef and his wife are “huge” animal lovers.  They found out about Heaven Can Wait after Mrs. Lauer rescued a 4-month-old pit bull puppy that had been abandoned in a parking lot.

She called the chef and said, “I’ve had a really bad day and I just want you to know that I’m bringing home a dog.”

Chef Lauer admitted he was apprehensive about having a pit bull come to his house, especially with three cats already in the family.

“When they pulled into the driveway, the puppy jumped out of the car, ran up to me and rolled onto her back so I could rub her belly,” said Chef Lauer.  “She’s been part of our family, ever since.”

They named the puppy Odyssey and today she is a Certified Therapy Dog who visits Assisted Living facilities in Summerlin on a regular basis.

Odyssey became a Certified Therapy Dog.

Odyssey became a Certified Therapy Dog.

Odyssey and the Lauer’s were introduced to Heaven Can Wait as part of the “It’s The Pits” program that spays and neuters pit bull dogs and pit bull mixes.

In addition Chef Lauer adopted a cat named Minkie from Heaven Can Wait.  “He’s the most loving cat you can imagine,” said the chef.

Odyssey and Minkie.

Odyssey and Minkie.

As a way to give back to the community and Heaven Can Wait, Chef Lauer began offering private dinner parties as an auction item, three years ago.  The lucky bidder wins a custom dinner prepared and served in their home for 10 people.  The private party has become so popular, Chef Lauer now allows more than one person to win the prize.  “The parties are great fun,” said the chef.

Recently Chef Lauer began a new venture using his culinary skills after Odyssey developed food allergies. He developed a line of human grade, raw dog food that doesn’t have any fillers, preservatives or chemicals.  Rawlistic Gourmet Grub is personally prepared by Chef Lauer in conjunction with a holistic animal wellness consultant and delivered directly to your door.

Heaven Can Wait wishes the chef much success on his latest venture and thanks him for helping the cats and dogs in our care with the annual auction of his culinary skills.

Heaven Can Wait Animal Society says thank you for all you do to Chef Heinz Lauer.

Heaven Can Wait Animal Society says thank you for all you do to Chef Heinz Lauer.

Click Here to learn more about: Rawlistic Gourmet Grub 

Learn more about Heaven Can Wait Animal Society – Click Here    Your Donations are always appreciated.