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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Susan is dedicated beyond measure to her equine rescues, and gives them a purpose in life with her community programs.
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.
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!
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.
I have actually visited this sanctuary and met with the owner, Susan. The horses are happy and healthy, and she puts them in front of her own needs, which are significant due to health troubles. Seldom do you find a rescue with such a pure dedication to its mission. Worth everyone's support.
If you read this review, you will need a lot of kleenex. This organization is the epitome of caring, resourceful, kind, dedicated. and ultimately in need. The director, Susan Swartz, has been diagnosed with cancer, but still manages to give 100% to these beautiful animals that are lucky to be in her care. They save horses here.....give them a life without pain, or suffering, They serve the community, especially people with disabilities, by pairing them with a gentle horse that will understand the need of the person. Compassion......a keyword here, is learned through the life touching experiences between horses and people. Susan Swartz is my hero. Heaven Can Wait is deserving and heroic in its efforts on behalf of all "species" four footed or two footed. The caring and dedication is the keystone, Please honor them any way you can.
My 8 year old grand-daughter loves horses, so I signed her up for a trip to this wonderful place (Heaven Can Wait Equine Rescue and Sanctuary). I was not quite sure what to expect, but while we were walking up the driveway, I got the feeling that this was a very special place. We both were amazed, astounded, touched, and changed by our experience. The work that Susan and her volunteers do is life changing, especially for the lucky horses, ponies and donkeys that are saved from terrible conditions and certain death. It is an upbeat experience, even tho the stories are very sad. I have vowed to become a volunteer and try and support this very deserving non-profit. I would encourage everyone to look at the website and see how you can help, even in small ways. Sincerely, Suzy Elwell
Every once in a while one finds a non profit that truly lives up to their stated goal. Susan and her helpers deliver exactly what they say they are going to....Extending the lives of and improving the quality of lives for the horses they take in...Every dime is purposely used toward the goals that they establish....A true love of what they do through the good times and the tough times....A remarkable organization that deserves everyone's support.
John Philip Sousa IV
Susan has great passion and dedication to her rescued horses and is a wonderful advocate for humane treatment of horses and the importance of the healing nature of the human/animal bond.
Heaven Can Wait recues horses that are being surrendered or abandoned and gives them a second chance on life by getting them back to health and then providing a loving environment to that others can learn about the horses themselves. It is a wonderful combination for needy animals and people to come together to help each other. In these hard times, keeping all of these large animals is very costly. Please consider helping Susan help other. Thank you. Lynn
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!
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.
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.
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.
we have rescued an assortment of animals but what would you do with multiple horses. heaven can wait addresses a difficult situation with enthusiasm, excellent care, and dwindling financial resorces in these difficult times with the added benefit of providing opportunities for volunteering, education, and human rehabilitation as well. all this in a beautiful and wholesome setting that welcomes children for a real hands on experience. a unique and memorable visit to get close up and personal with animals few of us have an opportunity to encounter.
I have been out to the facility several times and it always amazes me how great all the animals look and how clean the property is. Susan gives it her all every day to make sure these animals can live out their lives in peace and comfort. She works tirelessly and it shows in all the happy healthy animals in her care.
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.
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
I first started coming to Heaven Can Wait as a client. They had a program for cancer survivors called HOPe. I had not a lot of experience with horses but still wanted to check this out. Immediately I noticed the harmony with ALL the animals, horses, donkeys, chickens, cats, dogs. They all got along and you could tell they were in a peaceful state. The program started with me leading a horse with the halter, having them stop, go, turn, etc., and getting them to walk/run in the round pen. I had never done anything like this before and it indeed gave me a lot of confidence and helped in continued emotional healing. I have since come out to help volunteer when the special needs kids come out and it has been very inspiring to watch these kids gain confidence as they work with these horses. I also learned how valuable these horses are as they work for people in a very different way then riding, competing, etc. These horses that would not be deemed valued by some are indeed extremely valuable by their very presence, love, and gratefulness.
Heaven Can Wait has taken in many local horses who had no where to go except be put down. All horses are treated like they were the last one on earth. The facilities are immaculate, and the food they are supplied is the best money can buy. This horse sancuary deserves more people to donate to their cause. Hopefully this will motivate people to do more for them. Cherie Dodds
My hustand and I have been donors to Heaven Can Wait for several years now. We believe wholehearteldy in what Susan and Heaven Can Wait does for the greater community of San Luis Obispo County. We have been onsite at her facility numerous times and have never been anything but 100% impressed. Her efforts to rescue abused and neglected equines ... and then to turn those very equines into rescuers of at-risk and challenged childern and adults is important beyond words - teaching (and giving) love, respect and compassion. I know that when I donate to Heaven Can Wait ... 100% goes to the care of the animals and outreach efforts of the charity. I encourage anyone reading this review to donate ... become a monthly donor or sponsor an equine - it's so easy via their website. In giving ... you will assisting a grassroots, hands-on organization that - in my opinion - deserves assistance. Marleta Garner
Heaven Can Wait came to my attention through another wonderful group -- 100 Women Who Care. The story of HCW moved all of us and I have continued to follow their story and donate. I hope to visit them soon and see for myself their therapy programs for veterans and children and the horses and donkeys that have found their forever home.
MY first experience with Heaven Can Wait was at a charity event that was hosted by Susan Schwarts at the horse ranch. As we entered the premises, we were greeted by a worn out, old, yet content face of a donkey. You could tell that she had had a rough life; but she seemed at peace being there. It was a similar story with all the animals at HCW. They all have signs of abuse and neglect, but only to your eyes. When you look in their eyes, they have already forgiven and forgotten and are appreciating their new nourishing environment. This is a testament to Susan and her dedication to the animals.
Heaven Can Wait helped me so much when I had difficulty placing a horse. I sent her an email through the internet simply because of how desperate I was to place my horse, a sweet old arabian who had never been trained. Not only did she respond promptly, Susan gave me advice and help connect me with other local horse women to find my horse a good home. I am so grateful that she took the time to help me, and I know her Equine Rescue is truly a sanctuary for those animals.
I first visited Heaven Can Wait when a I presented a donation to Susan, the founder of HCW. I was so impressed with the quality of care, cleanliness of the facility, and the friendliness of the equines, that I just had to spend more time there. Besides communing with my new 4-hoofed friends, I have participated in workshops and children's event days, watched challenged adults and teens work with the horses and learned more about myself. Susan has built a wonderful, forever equine home with hard work, lots of time and a commitment that is truly amazing - and as a non-profit! If you are anywhere in the vicinity of San Miguel, CA, and you like horses, this is a must see.
Heaven Can Wait is a wonderful non-profit organization that takes in and cares for physically or mentally disabled horses that would otherwise be put down. They are allowed to live out their lives in a beautiful location and in a loving environment. These animals are well cared for by the owner, Susan, and the many volunteers who assist her. It is a mutually beneficial arrangement for everyone, as many of the volunteers have learning or other disabilities and caring for the horses is a healing situation for them, as well as the horses.
Susan the founder of Heaven can Wait is a deticated and passionate person who puts the animals needs first. She is up at the crack of dawn feeding and taking care of the horses, and is often out late at night finishing up the day. My experience there is always plesent seeing all the horses running around enjoying there home.
Heaven Can Wait is truly a place where a equine can go to have a purpose, even when they are broken. They are cared for by a loving staff. Its also a place where a person, young or old can visit and appriciate God's great creations. The facility helps heal and teaches young people how to care for the animal and realize responsibility. I cannot say enough about the place. You will have to go visit in person or on line. And please remember the place is run by special people that work hard to find the monitary means to keep it running. Pass the word to others. You dont have to be a horse lover to get pleasure at Heaven Can Wait. The grounds and views are spectacular. Pass the word, and if you can find it in your heart any donations are appreciated. I for one have arranged gift certificates at the local feed store so the staff can pick up feed, vitamins, shampoo and any other items equine related to help the cause. Also, I have gone on line and ordered items and have had them sent directly to Heaven can wait. One last thing, Susan's heart is as big as the moon and I thank her for her dedication to these amazing animals and the folks that come visit. Just to see a smile on a childs face and a connection and bond that the horse brings out is worth it.
I am so extremely grateful for Heaven Can Wait. My granddaughter Antoinette just turned four and has autism and can't talk but an occasional word when at all. . But she loves to nuzzle up to Crim the horse. She is very hyperactive but when she's on top of Crim she looks around like a queen when she's not leaning over and hugging her. And she gets so relaxed she starts to fall asleep on top of Crim! She looks forward to working with volunteer Amy and Susan the owner. On our third visit as we walked across the lawn to the stables she said "Crim" I couldn't believe it. It takes all of our energy to keep tabs on my granddaughter so i am very appreciative that the horses are kind and gentle and used to little people. Great job Susan and crew. You keep those horses so well and reach those that need a connection.
Heaven Can Wait was kind enough to take in our 4 donkeys and 6 goats when we did not have the time to take care of the animals and give them the attention they needed. We felt comfortable donating the animals to their cause since we knew they would be well taken care of and have the experience of human contact. Heaven Can Wait uses the animals to help people cope with life's challenges and at the same time the equines reap the benefits of being with humans that give their undivided attention. It is a win-win for everyone involved.
I have been out to this sanctuary and it is moving to say the least. The work done to save these animals is impressive. The animals would have no future no care and no love. At Heaven Can Wait there is hope and love and a future to live out their lives without torment or pain. Susan selflessly gives to all in need. Does she need help YES lets help her help those that cant help themselves. Allyson Wheeler Morro Bay CA Any contribution is only used to support the facility that helps these animals. Please help the horses and all the animals in her care. Thank you
When I called Heaven Can Wait to ask some questions about helping me with my senior horses when I was having some financial troubles and having a hard time feeding them, the folk at HCW were very helpful and do a great service for all hooved critters!!!
Heaven Can wait is a wonderful organization that saves horses and helps people with its programs. It deserves to be recognized!
Fantastic non-profit takes in horses no one else wants. Some find a retirement home and some can still work with people to help with disabilities. Several wonderful programs are in place to help children and adults. This is a life time home for the horses who come here.
I have worked with horse rescues for over 10 years. I decided one day to drop in on Heaven Can Wait and was blown away. The horses are well integrated with each other and they actually accepted me into their herd. It is the first time I ever walked among horses without needing eyes in the back of my head. A short while later I began volunteering for HCW in promotions even though I live 90 miles away. Through the newsletter you can find some amazing wins that people have had there.
I first met Susan in 2003 and spent many hours with her and her wonderful horses. I've seen her bring horses from a "bag of bones" state to healthy, happy, and friendly. These gentle horses now give back to others in the community with the outreach programs set up at Heaven Can Wait. HCW is so much more than a rescue operation for equines, it's a rescue operation for humans and the interaction between the animals and the humans is nothing short of miraculous. Susan has dedicated her life to making a better place for equines and shares their wonderful spiritual nature with the community. It may be called Heaven Can Wait, but there is a little bit of Heaven on earth at HCW. I have since moved out of the area but continue to support HCW because I know the effect it has on the animals and the community.
Hi - I just wanted to lift up and highly recommend Heaven Can Wait Equine Sanctuary in San Miguel California. I worked for two years in another rescue before I was told about Heaven Can Wait. If a horse or donkey winds up at Heaven Can Wait Sanctuary, they are blessed and loved for the rest of their lives. Susan Schwartz is the Director/Owner of the Sanctuary and she is an amazing person who always puts her animals first. Most importantly, she also keeps the numbers of of rescued animals to the level that she can guarantee quality of life. This means proper food, needed medications, farrier and veterinary care. Many well meaning people fail in this area. Susan does not. She also provides holistic care as a proactive method in helping bring comfort to the animals. A rescue is not a rescue or a sanctuary if you just take in animals as another place where they suffer lack of basic needs. I abhor rescues that do that regardless of how well the intentions might have been. Heaven Can Wait is an integral part of the community. Children come to Heaven Can Wait for reading programs. Some children and adults come because of their disabilities - both physical, mental and emotional. I have never seen a cleaner more well run rescue or sanctuary than Heaven Can Wait. We, as a community, are blessed to have Heaven Can Wait in our area. I wish I lived closer than 70 miles away. I would be there on a regular basis. It's that special. Thank you for giving everyone an opportunity to give special recognition to a rescue facility that truly deserves it. Jeri Young
Heaven can wait not only helps the animals but helps our community. I have a girl scout troop that wanted to learn more about horses and how to take care of them. Heaven can wait graciously offered a class for my girls and is even letting them do a photography badge there as well. The facility is clean, beautiful and peaceful and the animals well trained and cared for. You can see that all of the donations go directly to care and volunteers and visitors I have talked to outside of the facility rave about it! Please consider a donation to this facility. With the price of hay in our town I'm afraid heaven can wait will be at capacity for quite a while.
Heaven Can Wait is an amazing organization who offers therapy to people as they assist with the equines. They have also been a wonderful home to rescued horses and donkeys who had injuries, disabilities as well as aging problems! I strongly support their work and recommend them as well! I have had horses for 50 years, when I started riding at 5 years old. I have also raised miniature donkeys for 12 years! Susan and the volunteers and workers at Heaven Can Wait are the Best, as they take excellent care of the animals and people in their lives!!!
My daughter volunteers at Heaven Can Wait Equine Sanctuary when she has school breaks. She spends the entire day there is given the freedom to interact with the animals and just loves coming to this fantastic place. Susan Schwartz is so devoted to the equines and has given them a wonderful home where they get love and attention and the chance to be horses again. They are truly given the freedom that every horse deserves, living in a true herd atmosphere, and my daughter gets to learn about real equine behavior. This is a wonderful organization, and I can't praise Susan and the other HCW workers and volunteers enough for their efforts.
Heaven Can Wait is an exceptional facility for abandoned equine. The horses and donkeys and other abandoned animals that find their way to this organization are lovingly nursed back to health and provided excellent health care. HCW has numerous outreach programs into the community for kids, vets, and others that benefit from contact with the animals. It is a well run facility that really makes a big difference in our community.
My family and I were able to enjoy the peaceful enjoyment of being able to walk freely with the horses at Heaven Can Wait. We help brush, wash and I even massaged one. I have two special needs boys and they were so gently and playful with them. Those horses are like humans and they want to socialize just like we do. The connection between those in need and these majestic animals cannot be described in words only in the peace and love one feels from being around them. If I didn't live 2 hours away, this would be my weekend haven.
We love Heaven Can Wait! Susan maintains the property and all of the wonderful rescued equines that reside there with a lot of love and care. We bring our children with us so that they can learn about the horses and how to care for them as well. Susan is so gracious and accommodating to us and our family. I only wish that more people knew about this very special place that does SO much good not only for the equines but for the special needs children and veterans suffering from PTSD that come to work with the horses as part of their therapy.
I cannot say enough good things about Heaven Can Wait. Susan Schwartz is absolutely COMPLETELY devoted to her rescue equines. They are treated with the utmost care that can be found. Any poor animal that finds their way to this rescue, will be given the BEST care & LOVE until the last day of their life.
I have volunteered to photograph events for Heaven Can wait. The personel there are very helpful and welcoming. The way they work with the kids or adults or anyone in need of healing is superb! The love they show for the animals and the people they are trying to help heal is so awesome. I have recommended Heaven Can Wait to anyone I know for volunteer work to help out in any way they can. To take the time and hard work for helping anyone now days in this economy and stick with it is truly amazing. From the newspapers, etc., Heaven Can Wait has helped so many animals and people its amazing. I wish I had grown up to be a vet like I had always wanted as I feel I could donate a lot more to them that way!
The dedication level is profound. The owner is always there and never takes a vacation. She has helped so many people, whether it is someone with a severe mental illness or someone recovering from cancer surgery, her exceptionally well cared for equines are there for everyone. Nancy J Smith MD
Heaven Can Wait is an amazing sanctuary for learning and healing for both humans and the animals. I have volunteered at the sanctuary and learned to groom horses and to just "be"with them. have taken a class in equine bodywork and was able to practice on the horses at Heaven Can Wait. The horses loved the bodywork! In the past I had little to no experience working with horses as I work as a small animal massage practitioner. Susan the owner and manager helped me tremendously to understand how horses think and act. Her heart is very big and she loves her horses and donkeys so much. If anyone can help with donations or their time she and the animals would sure appreciate it. It is a struggle to keep the sanctuary running smoothly in this economy. If you visit the sanctuary you will see animals who are treated beautifully and a sanctuary that is clean and happy and bright. The vibes are positive.