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


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

Support Heaven Can Wait during Nevada’s Big Give Campaign


April 25, 2013 join thousands of Nevadans online to support your favorite local charity during one extraordinary day of giving.  Nevada’s Big Give is trying to raise $1million for statewide non-profit organizations.  “Give Where You Live” gives Nevadan’s 24 hours to make a real impact for the groups who work hard for us all year long.

It’s easy and starting donations are $10.

Please visit the Heaven Can Wait Animal Society Big Give page and show your support for the work we do to stop pet overpopulation, end the euthanasia of homeless pets, find new homes for abandoned cats and dogs and educate Southern Nevadans about humane animal care.  Heaven Can Wait runs the only non-profit spay and neuter clinic in Southern Nevada where we have fixed 81,000 cats and dogs.

Here’s how you can participate:

Visit:  http://nvbiggive.razoo.com/story/Heaven-Can-Wait-Sanctuary

Donation: Click on the big green DONATE box.

Read more about Nevada’s Big Give – Here.

Thank you for your support!

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.

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.

Alley Cat Allies Sponsors Special Spay/Neuter Clinic

Alley Cat Allies, HCWS and C5 sponsored spay-a-thon to get ahead of kitten season.

Alley Cat Allies, HCWS and C5 sponsored spay-a-thon to get ahead of kitten season.

Alley Cat Allies, the national organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats, sponsored a special “Spay-a-Thon” Saturday, March 9 in which 240 feral cats were neutered at the Heaven Can Wait Clinic.

The event was held to get a jump start on curbing “kitten season” among the feral cats living in Las Vegas. Volunteers with the Community Cat Coalition of Clark County (C5) helped humanely trap 188 cats to neuter and volunteer veterinarians and vet-techs from Heaven Can Wait Animal Society gave their time to spay/neuter and examine the felines.  Later the cats were returned to their colony site.

“Las Vegas is a great example for high-volume, high-quality TNR programs across the country,” said Becky Robinson, president and co-founder of Alley Cat Allies. “Kitten season is perhaps the most important time of the year to champion this practice, because it improves the lives of the cats while humanely ending the breeding cycle among feral cat colonies.”

Taking cats off into the clinic.

Taking cats off into the clinic.

Springtime is “kitten season” – the time of year when female cats go into heat and give birth to litters of kittens after only 63 days of pregnancy. Keith Williams, director of C5, said volunteers worked into the night Saturday and Sunday to trap and spay/neuter an additional 52 cats, bringing the total number of cats spayed over the weekend to 240.

“The dedication of our volunteers to completing projects and the Heaven Can Wait clinic to supporting them is key to the success of our TNR efforts,” said Williams. “It is obvious why we are so successful. This type of caring and dedication will not be stopped.”

After surgery cats are tagged so they can be returned to the correct colony.

After surgery cats are tagged so they can be returned to the correct colony.

Heaven Can Wait and C5 partner together every month for a “feral cat clinic” where 100 to 300 cats are humanely trapped, sterilized and returned to their colony.  With the onset of kitten season, both groups were grateful to be able to hold an additional spay-a-thon with sponsorship from Alley Cat Allies.

“At this time of year, Alley Cat Allies will focus on the plight of feral cats and publicize the fact that spay and neuter can offset kitten season,” said Aileen Walden, Interim Director of Community Programs and Support.   “We will offer spay-a-thons in several areas around the country.”

One of the patients.

One of the patients.

Aileen explained that statistics show 80 percent of pet cats are sterilized, while only 2 percent of feral cats are fixed.  Stopping feral cats from breeding will cut down greatly on euthanasia rates.

Aileen is also an advocate of targeted spay and neuter programs, like Heaven Can Wait’s Operation Clean Sweep that goes into low-income neighborhoods.  She cited a study that found 90 percent of pets were fixed in households earning $35,000 or more, but the numbers plummeted to 50 percent in households with lower incomes.



March Is Poison Prevention Awareness Month

Heaven Can Wait Animal Society makes sure all of the rescued pets like Chester pictured above are kept safely away from potentially harmful substances.

Heaven Can Wait Animal Society makes sure all of the rescued pets, like Chester pictured above, are kept safely away from potentially harmful substances.

By Carol Lisowski

Are you prepared to render assistance to your pet should they accidentally ingest a poison?

Pet poisoning with common household and outside items is, unfortunately, a fairly common situation.  Appropriate pet proofing and awareness of what to do in the event of a pet poisoning situation are both critical to the well-being of your pet. Keep the telephone numbers of poison control centers as well as your veterinary emergency hospital posted where they are readily available.

Specific treatment will depend upon what a pet has been exposed to. Sometimes induction of vomiting is indicated, while in other cases IV fluid therapy and oral charcoal therapy may be indicated. The Pet Poison Helpline at (800) 213-6680 is available 24 hours a day and is useful in those cases where poisoning is suspected. If you suspect your dog or cat has ingested something poisonous, call the helpline or your local veterinarian immediately.

The ASPCA’s Poison Control Center has generated their annual list of harmful substances for our pets.  For the 4th year in a row, human medications top the list. Many drugs that are meant for our use can be very dangerous to our pets.  NEVER give a pet any human medication unless you have been instructed to do so by your veterinarian!

  1. Heart medications and drugs for Attention Deficit disorder make up the largest percentage in this category.
  2. Insecticides are the second most common issue for pets. Improper use of flea and tick medications can cause seizures, skin issues or even death in many pets, especially our cats.  With spring approaching keep in mind the toxins in the lawn fertilizers, home treatments, and bug sprays that you might be using.  Other outdoor dangers are animal toxins such as toads, insects, spiders, snakes and scorpions, blue-green algae in ponds, citronella candles, compost piles, outdoor plants and plant bulbs including Sago Palms and Oleanders (prominent in Las Vegas), and swimming-pool treatment supplies.
  3. Over-the-counter medications, along with the prescriptions listed above account for more than 25% of all calls fielded by the ASPCA Poison Control. Common examples of human medications that can be potentially lethal to pets, even in small doses, include: pain relievers like ibuprofen and acetaminophen, cold medicines, anti-cancer drugs, antidepressants, diet pills and even vitamins. It is important to remember that over-the-counter drugs can be dangerous to our pets and have caused deaths.
  1.  “People foods” like chocolates, alcoholic  drinks, avocados, coffee, fatty foods, garlic, salt, yeast, and various others come in at #4 on the list. Many seemingly harmless treats, like grapes, raisins, macadamia nuts or onions/onion powder, can cause severe issues for our pets.
  2. Finally, in 5th place are household items, like paint, drain cleaners/openers and other cleaning products. Because our pets are often very curious, it’s important to store all of these types of things behind closed doors.

A growing concern is an additive found in many pet medicines as an artificial sweetener, known as Xylitol.  It has been getting a lot of attention recently.  While this sugar alcohol compound is commonly added to human foods such as gum, candies or sweets as a sugar replacement, ingestion by dogs can lead to toxicity in some cases in as soon as 30-60 minutes.

This compound causes an insulin-like effect on the body resulting in low blood sugar and potassium. Signs may include vomiting, weakness, depression, and wobbliness. If you suspect your dog has accidentally consumed Xylitol, it is best to call an emergency veterinary clinic and have your pet examined as soon as possible.

While in some cases vomiting can be induced at home with hydrogen peroxide, other cases will need IV fluids and other supportive care at the veterinary clinic. Now that this effect has been documented, many manufacturers of pet drugs and supplements are removing this additive from their products and looking at alternative sweeteners.  If your Vet prescribes medicine for your pet, ask if it contains Xylitol.

Practice safeguards for your pets the same as you would for your children.  After all, most of us pet owners consider our pets our children and want them to lead long, safe and healthy lives.

Learn more about pets at the Heaven Can Wait Animal Society website or Heaven Can Wait Facebook page.

World Spay Day


By Colette Hayes

According to the Humane Society of the United States, there are 6 to 8 million homeless animals in the U.S. These include puppies, dogs, cats and kittens. Each year these animals enter shelters where around half are adopted and the other half are euthanized. The large number of homeless animals is not just a problem in this country; it’s felt across the globe as well. February 26 was World Spay Day, a day dedicated to supporting efforts in our community and around the world to reduce the large pet overpopulation. This day serves to educate people about the importance of spaying and neutering their pets.

While adopting a pet is a wonderful way to help a homeless animal, there are simply not enough homes for all the animals. Another way to help is to spay and neuter your pet.  Not only does spaying or neutering help reduce the pet population, it also has health benefits for your furry friend.  Petmd.com says that neutering your dog will reduce the likelihood that he will spray or mark his territory.  Behavior problems, such as aggression and wandering off to seek a mate, may be reduced or eliminated. Spaying a female will eliminate the heat cycle which may attract unwanted male animal attention to your home. Behaviors associated with the heat cycle in cats, such as nervous behavior and excessive meowing are eliminated. In female dogs this heat cycle may include restless behavior, bleeding or frequent urination, with spaying these behaviors are no longer a problem.

Long term benefits of spaying or neutering can include reducing the possibility of prostate cancer, ovarian cancer and completely eliminating testicular cancer.  Overall your beloved pet can live a happier, healthier life when spayed or neutered and you can avoid potential medical problems and the cost associated with those medical problems.

In honor of Spay Day, Heaven Can Wait in conjunction with the Las Vegas Valley Humane Society and Community Cat Coalition of Clark County will hold a special feral cat clinic on March 9.  The program is being sponsored by Alley Cat Allies, the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats. Heaven Can Wait is hoping to spay and neuter up to 200 feral cats on this day.

Flashpoint is one of the more than 80,000 pets spayed and neutered by Heaven Can Wait.  All this loveable cat needs now is a family to love him forever.

Flashpoint is one of the more than 80,000 pets spayed and neutered by Heaven Can Wait. All this loveable cat needs now is a family to love him forever.

Once the cats have been spayed or neutered they will be tagged and returned to their colony where they were trapped.  In addition to the feral cat clinic on March 9, Heaven Can Wait holds a monthly feral cat clinic to spay and neuter cats in targeted zones around the valley. Heaven Can Wait also offers a low–cost spay and neuter program open to anyone.  By spaying and neutering your dog or cat, you are helping to reduce the pet overpopulation problem and giving our furry friends a chance for a healthy and long life.

Eliminating the senseless euthanasia of healthy animals in Las Vegas area shelters is the number one goal of Heaven Can Wait Animal Society.  To date we have sterilized more than 80,000 cats and dogs.  The majority of the spays and neuters are funded through public donations.  HCWS is pleased to report the latest statistics show our efforts are paying off and saving lives.  The past two years Las Vegas shelters have seen a significant decline in the number of homeless pets euthanized.  We will not give up the fight until NO healthy, adoptable cat or dog loses its life because of overpopulation.

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8 News NOW Recognizes HCWS

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Thirty local Las Vegas agencies were recognized by KLAS-TV 8 News NOW for programs benefitting Southern Nevadans.  We are proud to say that Heaven Can Wait Animal Society was among the recipients in the Community Pride Campaign.

HCWS President, Harold Vosko accepted the honors and a $1,500 award from newscasters Christine Wagner (left) and Denise Valdez (right).   The program is sponsored through the Landmark Foundation.

Read more about Heaven Can Wait programs by Clicking Here.

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