Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- You've probably seen them at animal adoption events trying to find homes for dogs and cats here in the Valley. But there is another huge aspect to the Heaven Can Wait Animal Sanctuary.
On any given day, the walls are lined with feral cats caught wandering our streets and just waiting to make more kittens.
At Heaven Can Wait, they spay and neuter thousands each year. Harold Vosko is the president of Heaven Can Wait, "Believe me it's been excruciating, brutal work. No one realizes when you put 50 animals a day under the stress. You're taking loved animals that you don't want to lose. It's very stressful thing."
Some of the animals are pets since the clinic offers low-cost and no-cost spay and neutering. And they always offer incentives to the owners of pit bulls and Chihuahuas, the most over-produced breed in Southern Nevada. Dr. David Henderson said, "The demographic we need to get to are the backyard breeders that don't think they are part of the problem and they are."
Heaven Can Wait has one volunteer who goes door to door educating pet owners and offering to bring their animals in for surgery. To date, she's brought in 4,000, "She's probably responsible for saving more lives than anyone on the planet."
But Heaven Can Wait's biggest impact may be in reducing the number of feral cats. The Las Vegas Valley Humane society and C5 now have a place to bring them for spay and neutering before re-releasing them into the wild. Dr. Henderson said, "It's really that simple. You decrease the number of animals that go in to the shelter by spaying, neutering and decreasing the birth rate."
Because of their efforts and the effort of other community partners, the number of animals being euthanized is going steadily down.
If you want to help, there are two simple solutions. First, spay and neuter your own pets. And second, consider adopting from a local animal shelter or group.