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Heaven on Earth Society for Animals Inc

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: The mission of Heaven on Earth Society for Animals is to transform the lives of homeless cats through rescue, sanctuary, and new beginnings.

Results: In 2016 we pulled 550 cats and kittens from city shelters who were at great risk of euthanasia; adopted out 436 cats and kittens into loving forever homes; facilitated the spay or neuter of 1,020 cats; provided safe haven for 700 cats and kittens at our sanctuary, Perry's Place in North Hollywood, at some time during the year; and provided humane education at our weekly adoption events at 6 pet stores and through our partnership with the Skirball Cultural Center's Build A Better World program.

Target demographics: homeless cats

Direct beneficiaries per year: 2,000 cats and hundreds of people who adopted and cared for them.

Geographic areas served: the San Fernando Valley of Southern California

Programs: Operating the Perry MacFarlane Sanctuary, our no-kill sanctuary; weekly adoptions at 6 area pet stores and at Perry's Place Thursday-Friday from 3-8 and Saturday-Sunday from 1-6 pm; Heaven Can Wait isolation program, whereby we provide temporary housing for cats and kittens rescued from municipal shelters, while they go through required quarantine; SpayShip spay/neuter transport program, which facilitates 1,100 spays and neuters annually; and humane education.

Community Stories

114 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Heaven on Earth is a superb charity whose care for cats is evident in everything they do. Working as a volunteer, I have had the ability to work with most of the staff and the director and everyone is incredibly enthusiastic about their mission to provide homes for cats and to reduce the burden of county shelters in an effort to make LA a no-kill city. Additionally, Heaven on Earth provides a sanctuary that can provide a safe and permanent housing situation for those cats not able to adopted to homes for health reasons. The staff and volunteers at the sanctuary place the utmost care and concern for every cat and are great at matching potential adopters to their ideal cat. Over the past few years, I have seen Heaven on Earth grow by leaps and bounds in the number of cats adopted and saved from county shelters, signifying that the charity is under great leadership and can continue to make greater strides for our feline friends and our community.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I got acquainted with them several years ago when my husband discovered their work. We were looking for some place to take our cats should anything happen to us both. My first visit to Perry's Place was impressive. It was clean and they took great care to treat each cat according to his/her health needs. We decided we want our cats to go here. What better praise? These folks are focused on feline issues and they truly care about them. I then supported their activities and eventually came on the board. They are creative, ethical and committed to making this organization thrive. You won't be disappointed with Heaven on Earth as an adopter, a volunteer or a board member!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I first adopted two cats from Heaven On Earth, i became aware of the passion this group has for animals. They CARE From my first introduction to a volunteer adoption counselor in Petsmart, to the process of ensuring the cats would have a good life in my home--this group displayed great organization and communication. I was impressed! Their website became one of my regular spots to visit, and it inspired me to later become a volunteer. I saw what lengths this group goes to to make a better life for animals, and to coordinate efforts with other rescue groups and shelters. Heaven on Earth deserves high praise not only for saving lives, spay/neuter, and giving hope to innocent creatures but also for enriching the lives of all the humans who adopt or become active in a non-profit. "Lead by example" i am forever grateful for my friends at Heaven On Earth and for helping me channel energy to make the world a better place.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Adopted a wonderful cat from this great organization! Proud to support this no-kill sanctuary for cats. The people that work here are amazing and dedicated. Adoption process was pleasant and smooth; volunteers were very helpful. Heaven on Earth is truly divine.

Client Served

Rating: 2

Nice place and the cats seemed well taken care of, but the women there are very rude, particularly one older woman who seemed like she was in charge and actively discouraged me from thinking about adopting a second cat because my cat was older and "set in his ways" (never heard that one before), told me they had "enough" volunteers when I inquired about helping out, angrily yelled at my friend for not knowing she needed to apply sanitizer before touching the cats, and was just generally unpleasant and downright hostile from the moment we walked in there. I also filled out the form with my contact info but was never added to the mailing list. These are the kinds of people you have running your institution?

It's unfortunate I didn't get the woman's name, otherwise I'd be complaining about her directly. Just a nasty, rude, unpleasant woman whose bad attitude has definitely spread among the others there. Fire her.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Heaven on Earth came to my rescue while taking care of my father in the San Fernando, CA, area I befriended a feral kitten, I called Toey ( she had extra toes ) when she was about 6-7 months old the Tom cats started coming around. I contacted Heaven on Earth for their SpayShip program and they brought a cage to trap her, picked her up, spayed her, & gave her shots, then brought her back to be released...all free of charge as she was feral then. No unwanted kittens, and Toey is a very lovable cat now.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Heaven on Earth is an awesome cat rescue that is doing a lot to save animal lives in Los Angeles.

From trapping and neutering feral cats to prevent more wild births to pulling vulnerable cats and kittens from high-kill city shelters to providing a cage-free place to stay for older, not-likely-to-be-adopted cats, they are in my opinion the premier rescue in the LA area. It is great helping them make all this happen as a volunteer!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is what animal rescue is all about. They have an amazing team, wonderful cats, and the perfect facility to help you make your match. The adoption fee is more than reasonable - they come fixed, microchipped, and have had basic medical care and their first two rounds of shots.
If you are looking for a kitten or cat, this is the place to support.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am so proud to be a part of the Heaven on Earth team. I've met the most amazing friends who's love for cats is infectious. I enjoy working adoption events and helping cats find their forever homes. I never thought one of those forever homes would be mine. I'd been volunteering for a year when Bugsy came to stay at the Petsmart in Santa Clarita. His eyes were so scared and confused it just broke my heart. I spent a lot of time with him and during the next few months he blossomed. I thought about adopting him so many times but was worried how my single 8 yr old girl cat would react. When I heard the news that he was being adopted I cried. I was so happy for him but sad that I had missed my chance. But as fate would have it a few months later he was returned because his new family had fallen on hard times. As soon as I heard he was back I knew he was meant to be part of my family! When I picked Bugsy up the wonderful staff sent me home with a crate and helped guide me in introducing him to my girl Kali slowly. It took some time and patience but they are getting along great and I can't imagine life without him! I'm so honored to be a part of such an amazing organization that helps make a difference in the lives of so many cats, like Bugs did in mine

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm proud to be a part of this Wonderful organization! You couldn't ask for a better group of people who love animals. They work tirelessly to show these kitties who have been given up on that there is a future full of love and happiness out there and how much they deserve to find it:)

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I got my beautiful golden girl Winnie from them last year. They are wonderful cat rescue group and have the best facilities for their rescue kitties that I have ever seen and I did volunteer at a few places before and I have never seen such commitment and great care for cats as Heaven on Earth does for Kittizens. My Winnie is right now 14. She was unfortunately there for 5 years but thanks to the fantastic care that these guys provide for cats they rescue she finally got her home. I wish there were more rescue groups like them and I must say that my favourite rooms are geriatric and special needs.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Heaven on Earth is a wonderful place to volunteer. Everyone there has the same goal, and that's rescuing cats from death row, and finding them loving and forever homes. All of the cats are well cared for and are loved. I have been volunteering for 5 years and look forward to another 5.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for 2 1/2 years and recently became a board member. The volunteers and staff are one of the best group of people I have ever "worked" with. They never think about themselves. It is always about the well-being and finding forever homes for the cats at the sanctuary. No job is too big or too small, and I am proud to be associated with everyone at Heaven on Earth.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I first visited Perry's Place in November 2016 and was amazed at the large and varied spaces for different kinds of cats. The staff was so helpful in explaining their mission, the setup, and the cats and their personalities without any pressure. I was back the next month, having filled out an adoption application. The staff took the time to find out what type of cat and personality would be a good match for me, and I left with Dusty, a 10-year-old beautiful grey male. He is currently snoozing on my stomach, which is his normal perch, so I have gotten used to typing with one hand as he doesn't love it when the petting stops! Dusty is certainly part of the family and has a big personality; although he is a snuggle-bunny, he is also independent and no pushover with my other 2 cats. He is great with visitors and at Christmas with my folks visiting, sat on one of the dining room chairs at most meals (after first trying to climb onto the table, which is taboo of course!). I thank Heaven on Earth/Perry's Place for providing me with a wonderful pet in Dusty. I know we will have many happy years together.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have nothing but praise for Heaven on Earth's cat sanctuary. My wife and I adopted our little Fanny aka Luna, spring of 2016 and she has grown into such a loving, fun cat with quite a unique personality. She loves to play fetch, jump on a lap for cuddles, paw at you when she wants attention, play with our other kitty and even sometimes tries to tuck in the shower curtain. We're quite convinced she's part dog somewhere behind those blue eyes. All in all, we're very satisfied with Heaven on Earth and their huge role in helping all cats they receive, young or old. They play a vital part in our society's awareness of animals that need a home and we couldn't be happier.

yesivalladares

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a caretaker and have been working here for 5 years and the only reason I have stayed is because they do awesome work with saving cats and also taking care of their daily and medical needs. Since working here, they always do their best and have grown to improve the cats living situation till they get adopted. Volunteers are always spending time with the cats which is very important. Everyone who works and is involved with this sanctuary truly have a love for cats and the cats know that very well when they stay their. It is truly a wonderful rescue.
The picture that I posted is a cat that was adopted from Heaven on Earth. My boyfriend adopted her and I always recommend this place to anyone who is interested in adopting.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I started working for HESA in 2011. I am the caretaker at Heaven on Earth and I love working there. Every staff, volunteer, board member and everyone else that is involved in this sanctuary are loving and caring people. Every board member works very hard to give the best to these cats and I have seen it threw the years. The other caretakers also care for the cats very much. I am so fortunate to be working with these people and these loving cats. I have never had a job where I don't complain about work in any way. This sanctuary is filled with love and these cats are getting the best care they can get. Everyone cares so much for this sanctuary that they themselves go out for the fundraisers to help every cat. Heaven on Earth gives the best to the cats and I love the fact that I work for a no kill, no cage sanctuary. They get the best care and the best love! Everyday these people improve the lives of these cats. Also the fact that they take in cats that are the least adoptable makes them that much better! I would also like to mention that they have taken in fractious cats that end up being the sweetest cats and that is the first time I had ever witness that! Cats from the shelter that were labeled feral have been saved by HESA. Also cats that were on the red list from shelters have been saved by them as well.

Penny29

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering at Heaven on Earth for over two years now. I absolutely love it and everybody there. The cats are unbelievably well cared for.
I adopted my Xena from there. (Formally Sunshine) Little did I know she was born with a congenital diaphragmatic hernia. Just recently she underwent expensive, risky and invasive surgery to correct her diaphragm so she could finally breathe better and live a longer healthier life. I would sell my kidney if I had to to make this little cat happy! She is the best thing to come into my life. Xena is my warrior. She's the sweetest most personable cat I've ever had. She's worth everything and more. I can't thank Heaven on Earth enough, especially Jen, for bringing her to me!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've had the distinct pleasure of volunteering for this amazing organization. Alongside one of the board members , my Hermosa (Monika Z.), I was able to learn a bit more about the great service Heaven on Earth provides to these little guys. Honored and a true blessing. Keep on rockin'!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering with Heaven on Earth cat sanctuary for 1.5 years. This is a wonderful nonprofit organization! Very professional, efficient & friendly staff/volunteers. The cats are well cared for, and what I love most about this no-kill group is they not only "pull" highly adoptable cats from local shelters, but also intake senior cats, mothers with kittens, and special needs kitties (such as diabetic & FIV+) AND they have a really neat "Spayship Program" --- making big efforts to reduce cat overpopulation at the source (check it out! http://www.heavenlypets.org/spayship/). Further, they partner with about 6 different Petco/Petsmart locations in the SF Valley which greatly increases their adoption rates due to exposure & in-store adoption events. I'm more than happy to be contributing my time to Heaven on Earth.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Heaven on Earth truly is a special place. They do incredible work helping homeless cats that have run out of options. I have been a volunteer since 2009, I have adopted my little girl cat from them, and I continue to fundraise and vouch for them whenever I can. The staff and volunteers are friendly and passionate; the facility is warm and inviting. The successes of lives saved is an inspiration and keeps me coming back!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I found Heaven on Earth Society for Animals online from a posting asking for volunteers to help socialize cats. The no-kill, cage-fee environment and the mission to improve the quality of life for homeless animals was just what I was looking for. The staff and volunteers at Heaven on Earth are the most caring and loving group I have ever met. After working a gift wrapping fundraiser, I had the opportunity to sit down with current board members and was eventually asked to join the board. I was deeply flattered and felt so proud to be able to assist this tremendous organization.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Heaven on Earth rescue has helped countless cats and kittens find their forever homes. I cannot say enough good things about heaven on earth, they help animals in need.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at Heaven On Earth for more than 6 years. I love everything about this rescue. I can't get enough!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I became a volunteer with Heaven on Earth Society for Animals in summer of 2010. I immediately felt right at home just as the cats do in the 5 room house that serves as a no-kill, cage-free sanctuary. I instantly became as involved as I could helping out the staff and the cats. I earned the name “worker bee” from my fellow board members. Heaven on Earth deeply appreciated my time and effort and eventually asked me to join their board of directors. I couldn’t be happier serving such a caring, compassionate organization. Heaven on Earth has many programs including spay/neuter transport and adoption events, and they also provide a permanent home for cats often overlooked for adoption due to special needs.