Heaven Can Wait Equine Sanctuary for Healing and Learning

Rating: 4.95 stars   61 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: 6275 Cerros Pioneros Way San Miguel CA 93451 USA

Mission: We rescue, rehabilitate and provide a forever home for those equines that would otherwise not have a chance to live out their lives with love, respect and kindness. The equines are not adoptable because of age, injury or mental inability to be considered safe because of previous abuse and neglect. Our equines in return give back to the community by providing unconditional love and therapeutic healing to those in need whether they are cancer survivors (our HoPE program), persons with autism or any other disability needing a safe haven and non-judgmental therapists to improve their being. Our equines are good listeners and provide children with a chance to improve their reading skills. Heaven Can Wait saves equines and our equines save people.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been visiting Heaven Can Wait since July of 2012. I found the sanctuary on line when I was looking for a horse rescue to volunteer at for my 8-year-old daughter and I. Even though the location is almost an hour away from our home, I just knew that I had to go there. We were hooked from the very first step onto the property, seeing the horses roaming freely and how they loved to be pet and given attention and how content they seemed. Since meeting Susan I have grown in my horsemanship and knowlegdge. I've learned to wrap wounded legs, administer certain types of medicine, and handle horses in the appropriate manner. On a lighter note, I gain a great amount of peace when I get to visit and help out whether it's walking around the animals and grooming them or helping clean up or helping with other folks who come visit if I'm there. I love Susan, I love what she provides for these amazing creatures, and my daughter and I (she's now 9) will continue to go up there as much as we can no matter what.

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I wouldn't change anything about Heaven Can Wait Equine Sanctuary except hope that more money comes through the doors to provide assistance.

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

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Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

I found Heaven Can Wait Equine Resuce and Sanctuary by chance when I was surfing on line for local horse rescues that my daughter and I could possibly become volunteers. We began riding horses over a year ago and found that we wanted more time than our hour-long joint lessons offered. When I came across their web site, I had an immediate feeling of awe. I went to the "meet the equines" page and read each and every story. Two things immediately grabbed my attention: number one, the equines were not being adopted out...they had already found their forever home, that being HCW itself. Number two, the written descriptions of each animal were described with such care, each one different and unique, and I couldn't help but want to go visit for myself. My daughter and I have been up now several times over the past few months, and I try to volunteer at least once or twice a month to help feed on the weekends. It is worth the drive, worth the gas money, and Susan has done amazing work creating a safe and healthy environment for the equines and for the visitors.

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Life-changing

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2012

Rating: 5 stars  

Susan Schwartz not only founded Heaven Can Wait, she continues to give her heart and soul 365-days every year to ensure each of her rescued sanctuary equines receive excellent medical care and attention. I know i am always welcome and needed. A great beginning to any day.

The equines provide and receive free mutual benefits to all our community friends - those with special needs, military veterans and others diagnosed with PTSD, communication difficulties - the balance provided between equines and visitors is a gift from God. Another gift from God is that this year Susan came out on top with her fight against breast cancer.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

simply thank Susan for her devotion to so many.

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A lot

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Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Rating: 5 stars  

I have know Susan Schwartz and her husband for years. This Equine sanctuary is very important to them. This has been a tough year for Susan with the discovery of her breast cancer. Through it all, the chemo, surgery, radiation, medications, etc., she has managed to care for what she loves most - this sanctuary. Her strength has diminished, but her spirit has not. They continue to give love and support to those who need it most.

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Life-changing

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

It is hard to express how great an organization like this is. Susan Swartz is the last hope these horses had and now are loved and cared for. It is a huge endeavor for her. They also rescue donkeys and they are so sweet and have suffered at the hands of their owners. People with special needs benefit from being with these wonderful creatures - they love each other in turn. Check out their web site and donate what you can.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Heaven Can Wait is a very special place! The love and care shown to everyone who visits or volunteers is amazing. The equines in need are well taken care of and offer a unique experience for children and adults. I brought my 4 children to see the horses and they loved walking them around and learning about proper horse care. The programs offered through Heaven Can Wait provide opportunities that you can't find anywhere else. We are fans for life!

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2012

1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

Heaven Can Wait is a wonderful place for equines and humans to interact and learn from each other. No place like it!

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2012

Rating: 5 stars  

I have volunteered at this wonderful sanctuary, and I have seen first hand the loving dedication that Susan Schwartz has given these rescued equines, and to the community. So many autistic and disabled children and adults alike have benefited from the mutual loving care given to them and to the equines for healing and learning. The interaction between the equines and humans is amazing. This nonprofit, Heaven Can Wait Equine Sanctuary for Healing and Learning, located in San Miguel, CA, far exceeds so many other nonprofits for their outreach to the community, and rescuing so many neglected equines. A BIG 5 stars, and kudos goes to Susan and the sanctuary.

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A lot

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Very Well

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2012

1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

Being a horse enthusiast, I began volunteering at Heaven Can Wait in October 2008! From the first moment I entered the property, I was not only impressed with the cleanliness of the property and all the animals there, but the friendliness of owner Susan Schwartz, her husband Mark, and other volunteers there. Over the next year, I enjoyed caring for the horses in any way I could. Susan not only rescues as many horses as her property will allow, but has rescued dogs, cats, goats, sheep, donkeys, etc. She has the biggest heart of anyone I know. Susan has also reached out to the community to people with disabilities for healing with horses. Horses (equines in general) are very therapeutic to humans, and Susan's outreach program has done wonders reaching so many children and adults on so many different levels. Some groups travel many, even hundreds of miles each time they come to Heaven Can Wait. The horses love it as much as the people do. Heaven Can Wait is, and always will be, a 5 star non-profit organization. I commend Susan Schwartz and Heaven Can Wait for the care given to equines and people of all ages. Donations are always needed and gratefully accepted to keep up with the extreme costs involved in running this wonderful non-profit organization. This deserving non-profit should be at the top of the great non-profits list!!!! With love and support from Kerin Burns.

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Very Well

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2012

Rating: 5 stars  

I am a Veteran who suffers from grief issues. By being able to work with the horses and spend time with one, one-on-one, I was able to talk to the horse about feelings that I never share with my human friends. I didn't have to hear words of sympathy or feel embarrassed by my tears. The horse just let me talk and cry. And the horse nudged me with his nose...a sign of affection and acceptance in the horse world. Made me feel much better. This is one of the best therapy groups around and deserve everyone's support.

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Have many people donating funds so that the horses will always have a home.

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2013

1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

I am a disabled veteran. I heard about this program through another veteran. I was able to go out and spend one-on-one time with the horses. I was also given help in dealing with some issues I have in my life. The people were great but the horses...well, they're the absolute best. I was able to relate to the horse I worked with. When I left I felt calmer and more at peace. I would recommend Heaven Can Wait for anyone to spend time at and give donations to.

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Life-changing

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2012

Rating: 5 stars  

This is a great place that is run by volunteers who pair horses in need with children and adults who would like to bond to horses. This experience is unique to our area. Please consider donating in any way you can, monetarily or with your time.

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2013

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

Susan is dedicated beyond measure to her equine rescues, and gives them a purpose in life with her community programs.

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Find a way to expand her services and bring in more donor funds!

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Very Well

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A lot

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Definitely

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2013

Rating: 5 stars  

Susan has a love for horses especially unwanted and abused horses. It has been her lifelong dream to provide a safe and loving home for these poor souls. But, they are not poor souls....Susan brings out the best in all of the animals in her care. She knows each and every one of their personalities and quirks and has a special touch with each one. Susan and the volunteers help to make Heaven Can Wait into a wonderful place for these animals to spend the rest of their days. The educational aspect of Heaven Can Wait is one of the most important contributions that is made to the community. The children and disabled adults love to groom and just be with the animals. This is indeed a special place.

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Win the lottery and give the money to HCW so that they can keep the place open and fill it with more displaced horses and provide additional educational opportunities to the community.

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Likely

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Life-changing

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2013

Rating: 5 stars  

The dedication the owner has is amazing and she has succeeded in developing an Equine Sactuary that is dedicated to helping equines, and helping humans (adults and children) who heal, learn and rehabilitate as they work and experience a relationship with the equines! An impressive program, a beautiful location, and caring and giving hearts!

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2013

1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

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My sister Susan has dedicated her life to helping equines and at the same time has given tremendous help and service to many humans making their lives better through volunteering, healing and learning working with the horses. I am so very proud of Susan and the work she has accomplished. Her tenacity and fortitude to make Heaven Can Wait a success is admirable.

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