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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.

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

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.

“Go Green” with Heaven Can Wait’s Warehouse Sale

Heaven Can Wait's giant warehouse sales were the inspiration of two volunteers who wanted to help out.

Heaven Can Wait’s giant warehouse sales were the inspiration of two volunteers who wanted to help out.

By Karen Rock

In this day and age when recycling really matters why not consider decorating your house or office with some of the beautiful and practical items that you’ll find nowhere else but at the Heaven Can Wait Warehouse Sale!

Besides the obvious reasons for shopping at garage, yard and warehouse sales, such as saving money, re-purposing used items, going “retro”, or finding that one special treasure, now your purchases can help change the lives of many…dogs, cats and people alike. And here’s how…

Heaven Can Wait’s Spay and Neuter Clinic is always in need of funds to enable us to continue the work of stopping pet overpopulation. So 4 years ago a concerned HCWS volunteer couple, Richard and Kathy McCarty, also the proud “Mom and Dad” of three rescue dogs, began the Warehouse Sale out of their own home to raise money to purchase rolling racks for the feral cat clinic. It was such a huge success that there was demand for additional sales. The Warehouse Sale ultimately grew so big they are now run out of a public location.

The sales grew from  being held at a private home to a big warehouse.

The sales grew from being held at a private home to a big warehouse.

 Not only do Rich and Kathy continue to operate the sale jointly, but they are accompanied by additional Heaven Can Wait volunteers without whom they couldn’t make this program happen. They are extremely grateful to all the volunteers for their devotion and welcome anyone who wishes to help the cause. ALL proceeds go to support the Heaven Can Wait Spay and Neuter Clinic. The sale has grown so rapidly that proceeds now amount to approximately $10,000 per month.

Another important part of this program is the company, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, who also volunteer their services by picking up large donated items and delivering them directly to the sale’s location. And yes, it’s FREE of charge!

Most donated items come from the general public and can be brought directly to the warehouse during sale days/times, or arranged to be picked up.   In addition, T and L Estate Sellers, LLC routinely makes generous donations to the sale.  Heaven Can Wait appreciates their ongoing support to the program.

The monthly sales are run by volunteers.  Proceeds help the HCWS Spay and Neuter Clinic.

The monthly sales are run by volunteers. Proceeds help the HCWS Spay and Neuter Clinic.

One more thing…Rich and Kathy could use help with the following as this program continues to grow:

  •  Volunteers are needed to help price, sell, and pick up items.
  •  Additional storage space would be greatly appreciated. Can anybody possibly spare some space?
  •  An individual or a team of people are needed to operate the sale from June – September.
Our warehouse sales have lots of furniture to offer.

Our warehouse sales have lots of furniture to offer.

 So now that you know this inspiring story, and with all of those good reasons to donate to and/or  purchase from Heaven Can Wait’s Warehouse Sale, what do you say we all “GO GREEN” and in doing so contribute to a great cause!

 Info you’ll need…

  • Warehouse Sale location:  6360 Annie Oakley Drive (between Sunset and Russell) Las Vegas, NV   89120  – Follow signs to back parking lot
  • Special Upcoming 4 Day Sale:  Thursday, April 4th – Sunday, April 7th, 9:00am – 2:00pm
  •  Regular Sale Days/Hours:  Every Friday and Saturday, 9:00am – 2:00pm  
  •  Cash Sales Please

 You can reach Rich and Kathy directly at  garagesales@hcws.org or 702-815-6107 if you wish to volunteer, donate, or have additional questions.

 Thank you, Rich, Kathy, Heaven Can Wait volunteers, and TWO MEN AND A TRUCK for your generosity and heartfelt devotion to this wonderful program!

There are tons of clothes to choose from too.

There are tons of clothes to choose from too.

 

Come shop with us.  You can even bring along your pet!

Come shop with us. You can even bring along your pet!

 Can’t make it to a Warehouse Sale?  You can still stop pet overpopulation by supporting Heaven Can Wait Animal Society.  Click Here for details on how to give.

Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Erin

Erin has volunteered with Heaven Can Wait cat adoptions for 2 years.

Erin has volunteered with Heaven Can Wait cat adoptions for 2 years.

By Colette Hayes

Heaven Can Wait Animal Society relies on a network of volunteers to do a variety of tasks. One volunteer is Erin.  For the last 2 years, Erin has volunteered with cat adoptions at PetSmart.  Erin began her volunteer work with Heaven Can Wait in part because of our beliefs in spaying and neutering and her own passion for animals. Erin says she felt that, “animals needed a voice,” and she wanted to be that voice. Volunteering, Erin says, was also a great way to get away from the stress of her regular job and give to the animals.

Growing up Erin did not have any pets and was not around any, except for her Grandmother’s unfriendly cat.   Erin’s first cat Roxie came to her in an unusual way. Erin had moved into a new apartment and one day heard a noise at her front door. Checking the peep hole, she saw no one, hearing the sound again; she opened the door to discover a big calico cat. Roxie darted into the apartment and Erin surmised that Roxie must have lived with her people in the apartment before Erin moved in. Erin kept Roxie, who sat up like a squirrel and chirped like a bird.   Roxie eventually passed away and Erin has since opened her to home to more cats. Currently, she shares her life with three cats, Little Cat, Bella and Grace.

As part of her volunteer work with cat adoptions, Erin must make sure that the cats and humans are going to be a good match.  Erin says, “We are trying to find the cats their forever home.”

up for adoption

Elaine, HCWS Cat Coordinator says that Erin is, “good at listening.” She is also someone that Elaine can count on to come in on time and be responsible. Although volunteering with cat adoptions offers the opportunity to be around a variety of cats, it does require a real commitment to the animals. To do that, Erin must listen to what potential adoptees are looking for.

“I ask questions,” Erin says. “I have conversations with people and find out how this cat will fit in their lives.” Erin says that she is happy to answer questions people may have and to help them make the right choice. Working with the cats eligible for adoption, Erin gets to know their personalities and can help the potential new owner choose a cat that will fit into their lives.

Erin says it is hard letting the cats go to their new homes, but knows that a forever home is the goal of adoption. “My favorite adoption story is this couple who took several weeks to adopt.” Erin says the husband and wife came in regularly looking at the cats and discussing what cat and its personality would fit into their lives. Eventually the couple, with Erin’s help, picked out two cats to take home and it was a perfect fit.

Hard to resist this beautiful kitty waiting to find a new family.  Adoptions are held Thursday - Sunday in Petsmart 7050 Arroyo Crossing Parkway.

Hard to resist this beautiful kitty waiting to find a new family. Adoptions are held Thursday – Sunday in Petsmart 7050 Arroyo Crossing Parkway.

Once an adoption takes place, HCWS follows up with the new families. “We like to call and find out how things are going,” Erin says. Finding out that cat and person were a good match is a good feeling. Erin says it feels good to know you helped someone make the right choice and a cat got its forever home. “It’s not about me, but about the cat,” Erin says. Matching up cats to people is a rewarding and sometimes challenging task, but it is one that Erin gladly takes on.

Another cutie waiting for a forever family.

Another cutie waiting for a forever family.

Click Here To See The HCWS Cat Ready For Adoption  – Adoptions are held Thursday – Sunday inside PetSmart at 7050 Arroyo Crossing Pkwy.  Arroyo Crossing Center – I-215 and S. Rainbow exit.  Email: cats@hcws.org with questions.

If you are not ready to adopt a cat, but would like to help support the program Click Here.

Learn how to become a volunteer like Erin by completing an application at www.hcws.org

Learn how to become a volunteer like Erin by completing an application at http://www.hcws.org

Saving Feral Cats Is A Passion For Two Sisters

Joy Reyes considered herself an amateur cat rescuer until she ran across a home with 40 feral cats.

Joy Reyes considered herself an amateur cat rescuer until she ran across a home with 40 feral cats.

College student Joy Reyes calls herself and her sister Jane, “amateur cat rescuers.”  The sisters love cats and as kids they brought home a variety of strays.  Each time they saw that the cats were examined by a Vet, spayed or neutered and adopted into a good home.  Last year Joy ran into her first feral cat colony and after seeing so many cats living on their own, she thought there must be a better way to save these animals.

Joy turned to the Internet for answers and learned about Heaven Can Wait Animal Society’s feral cat clinics that sterilize and vaccinate free roaming cats. HCWS loaned traps to the sisters and they returned to the clinic with 10 cats.  All of the felines were fixed, got their shots and had their ears-tipped so they could be identified by other trappers.  Joy and Jane returned the cats to their colony.  On their next trip to HCWS, the girls had 19 cats in tow.

The Reyes sisters learned more about the plight of feral cats who are susceptible to starvation, predators and the elements.  They volunteered to hand out flyers for the HCWS program called Operation Clean Sweep that spays and neuters every free roaming cat and owned pets in at-risk neighborhoods.  The girls were especially helpful because they are bilingual and could answer questions from the Spanish speaking neighbors.

While handing out flyers, Joy came across a house with cats running everywhere.   The situation was the perfect example of how fast a colony can grow if the cats aren’t fixed.  She spoke with the owner who agreed to let her trap all of them.

Jane with Cocoa, one of the many cats the sisters have rescued.

Jane with Cocoa, one of the many cats the sisters have rescued.

The project became a family affair for the Reyes clan, which included help from the girls’ parents, Tony and Sofia.  Shortly after dark the family set out traps on the property and waited in their truck until they heard the clap of a trap shutting tight.  Then one of them would grab the trap, label it and stow in the truck.  At about 1a.m. they would move the cats to the clinic, give them fresh food and water and go home.

“It was exhausting, but nice that our family worked together,” said Joy.

The process took nearly a week, but a total of 40 feral cats were caught.  Members of the Reyes family checked in on the felines every day and were especially attentive to those that were held for recovery.

Dad Tony provided protection when the girls trapped at night and Mom Sofia soothed the kitties after surgery.

Dad Tony provided protection when the girls trapped at night and Mom Sofia soothed the kitties after surgery.

Of the 40 cats, a litter of 4 kittens, one friendly adult and a friendly youngster were kept by Heaven Can Wait for adoption.  All have been placed into new homes.

That made Joy especially proud.  “It’s nice to know that you helped reduce the number of feral cats, but it’s really nice to know some were adopted,” said Joy.

The woman living on the property has moved away so Joy and Jane have become the guardians of the colony.  They go to the feeding site often and the neighbors know to contact them if any new litters are born nearby.

Judy, the HCWS Clinic Coordinator, is very proud of Joy and Jane and says with their help, “The feral cat population in that neighborhood has been greatly reduced.”

HCWS Feral Cat Clinics are held monthly.  To date we have spayed and neutered more than 80,000 free roaming and owned pets.  If you would like to get involved or learn more: CLICK HERE.

Dakota’s First Day At Pups On Parole

“From an everyday standpoint being sent to prison is not the ideal way to begin a wonderful new life, but for dogs like Dakota rescued by Heaven Can Wait Animal Society, it is the start of an extraordinary experience.”

Many fans of the Heaven Can Wait blog have asked how our Pups on Parole program works.  We would like to share the video above with you that shows a dog named Dakota arriving for the first time at the Southern Nevada Correctional Facility for women.

Two specially trained handlers from the prison welcome Dakota and explain how dogs like him and the Pups on Parole program have changed their lives. Dakota’s handlers rehabilitated, socialized and trained the shepherd mix so he could be adopted into a family of his own.

Some of the pups that enter Pups on Parole have lost their trust in people. They have been traumatized, neglected or simply ignored. At the prison they gain their confidence in humans.

You can learn more about Pups on Parole at: http://www.hcws.org