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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

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.

Geographic areas served: California

Programs: Rescue equines from abuse, neglect and abandonment caused by cruelty, ignorance or financial need.

Community Stories

23 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Kasey M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Previous Stories

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

moersdorf

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Previous Stories

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Kerin B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Previous Stories

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I have only been able to volunteer once but I was so blown away by Susan and her husband's dedication that I had to write this review. The time, love, and energy that they put into their work is truly inspirational. The care all of the equines receive is perfectly individualized and you can tell how comfortable and secure they all feel. I haven't had a chance to observe any of the therapy that they offer but I have heard wonderful reviews. This organization not only gives beautiful animals a second chance at life but also contributes so fully to our community by offering a safe therapy space. Thank you Heaven Can Wait!

Del F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started going to Heaven Can Wait for therapy and volunteer my time with the horses. I have volunteered with other Horse Rescues before, but they were not as diverse as Heaven Can Wait. Not only is Heaven Can Wait a Sanctuary for horses, but they also help special needs children, and others who need therapeutic, or educational services. I enjoy volunteering here and plan to continue.

Kristen18

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My mom & I love Susan and the horses at Heaven Can Wait. I like how friendly and gentle the horses are and how clean and spacious HCW is. Susan is very dedicated to all her horses and volunteers and has taught me many things about taking care of horses . I really appreciate Susan and the horses at HCW and feel lucky to be able to spend time working with animals that I really enjoy.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

ive been volunteering for 3 years now.it has been one or the best experiences of my life.susan works very hard to see that all the horses get the best care and they do.they have a wonderful life there.lots of room to roam and plenty of kindness.great retirement home. I would love to see this place go on for many years.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

We visited twice. Super clean. Healthy animals: horses, donkeys, goats, dogs. All need special care. Owners make good use of volunteers and provide needed services to community. Very dedicated and selfless.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first started coming to Heaven Can Wait in the fall of 2008 when I brought my 4-H horse group there to volunteer their time - cleaning stalls and grooming horses. We were so taken with the rescued horses that we returned time and time again. These wonderful animals whom Susan has rescued are paying it forward many times over. They have taught not only my 4-Hers but many children what it means to responsible and caring. They have given comfort and respect to many disadvantaged people from developmentally delayed young people, those who have survived cancer and sufferers of P.T.S.D. It's not just about the horses or the people but what the two bring to each other. It is a wonderful organization that deserves all the help it can get. Submitted by Angela Vinther