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Heaven Can Wait Equine Sanctuary for Healing and Learning

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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

15 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Susan132

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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

Donor

Rating: 5

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

Donor

Rating: 5

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

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Barbara77

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

LWcatmom

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

1 Lurinda R.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

1 Nancy67

Donor

Rating: 5

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