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Heaven Can Wait Animal Society

aka Heaven Can Wait Animal Society   |   Las Vegas, NV   |  www.hcws.org
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Heaven Can Wait Animal Society

EIN: 88-0450947


Mission

Heaven Can Wait Animal Society is dedicated to preventing unnecessary euthanasia and improving quality-of-life for cats and dogs through spay/neuter, quality veterinary care, community outreach, and advocacy. The organization is committed to providing accessible services throughout Southern Nevada.

Ruling year info

2000

Executive Director

Rachel Bergren

Main address

546 N Eastern Ave Suite 175

Las Vegas, NV 89101 USA

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EIN

88-0450947

Subject area info

Animal welfare

Population served info

Economically disadvantaged people

NTEE code info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Heaven Can Wait Animal Society is dedicated to eliminating unnecessary euthanasia and improving quality-of-life for cats and dogs in Southern Nevada. Unfortunately, animal overpopulation is an enormous issue in our community. Our largest local shelter struggles as a result of animal overpopulation and lack of manpower. This results in an increased burden on smaller shelters and rescues, and makes fewer public resources available for core shelter functions and leads to an increased rate in euthanasia of healthy, treatable animals.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Low-Cost Spay & Neuter Clinic

Low-cost, high-volume spay & neuter clinic offering surgical services, vaccines, and microchipping at discounted rates to underserved populations and community cats.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of animals vaccinated

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Low-Cost Spay & Neuter Clinic

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This metric will vary depending on increased or decreased support for vaccine clinics.

Number of pets microchipped

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Low-Cost Spay & Neuter Clinic

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This metric will vary depending on increased or decreased support for microchip clinics.

Average number of animals spayed and neutered per day

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Low-Cost Spay & Neuter Clinic

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of dogs spayed or neutered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Low-Cost Spay & Neuter Clinic

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of cats spayed or neutered.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Low-Cost Spay & Neuter Clinic

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our goal is to eliminate unnecessary euthanasia and to improve quality-of-life for dogs and cats in Southern Nevada. By offering high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter service we can have a long-term impact on reducing animal overpopulation, helping to relieve pressure from our shelter/rescue system, resulting in fewer animals being surrendered or abandoned, and lowered euthanasia rates.

Now more than ever, we know that families with pets are being priced out of even the most basic services offered at standard veterinary practices. Spay/neuter services are critical to keeping cats and dogs healthy, happy, and in loving homes. These surgeries prevent certain types of cancers and infections, unwanted behaviors, and importantly, unwanted litters. Spaying and neutering pets helps to prevent future emotional and financial burdens on families, particularly those who are systemically disenfranchised due to the astonishing cost of veterinary care.

Furthermore, access to veterinary care ensures that companion animals and free-roaming community cats are spayed/neutered and vaccinated against dangerous preventable diseases, including those that directly affect humans, like rabies.

Heaven Can Wait Animal Society operates the largest, most established, and highest impact spay and neuter clinic in Southern Nevada. We are the only spay and neuter clinic serving community cats at volume. Southern Nevada is woefully under-resourced in affordable veterinary and shelter capacity. Our spay and neuter work is more important than ever, and we must invest in proactive, cost-effective, long-term programs that address core animal welfare issues in our community.

Vulnerable populations who often benefit the most from the companionship of a pet, including seniors, veterans, and people living with disabilities, are faced with barriers to accessing high-quality veterinary care. Low-cost spay and neuter services, along with basic vaccines are considered life-saving, essential care and can make it possible for low-income households to care and keep their beloved pets. A vaccinated companion animal population is important to the overall health and well-being of our entire community. Heaven Can Wait Animal Society provides essential services that tackle overpopulation, while also relieving pressure on our rescue and shelter system by supporting families in keeping their pets healthy and at home and preserving precious resources for other urgent animal welfare needs. These services dramatically improve the quality-of-life for both families and animals throughout our community.

We know that one of the best ways to advance animal welfare is to make resources, support, and compassion available to the people who love and care for companion animals. We know that the expense of veterinary services is out-of-reach for many, so we prioritize affordability when pricing our services, and we offer subsidies for veterans/active duty military and for families who use SNAP or Medicaid benefits. We strive to provide services to as many animals in need, and have created other funding mechanisms for low-income families who may not qualify for other available subsidies. We also work closely with other animal welfare organizations, such as

Heaven Can Wait Animal Society primarily serves animals and households in Clark County, Nevada. Our clinic is located within the City of Las Vegas in a low-economic status, Spanish-speaking community and many of our clients come from nearby neighborhoods. Our clinic serves clients and animals from areas beyond our immediate vicinity including other areas of Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, Henderson, Boulder City, Moapa, unincorporated Clark County, and beyond (i.e. Nye County). A majority of our client households reside in neighborhoods where the rates of poverty (16-26%) are well above the rates for Clark County (10%) and Nevada (9%) (Southern Nevada Health District, 2024).

In a region where shelters and rescue programs struggle with limited resources and overwhelming demand, our work has never been more vital. As the foremost non-profit, high-volume spay and neuter clinic in the area, Heaven Can Wait Animal Society remains committed to providing these crucial, life-saving services. Beyond spaying and neutering, we also offer affordable preventative care such as vaccinations and microchipping. Moreover, we actively engage with the community through educational initiatives, aiming to raise awareness about animal welfare issues and promote the significance of preventive veterinary care and spay/neuter practices.

Heaven Can Wait Animal Society comprises staff and volunteers of diverse ages, abilities, ethnicities, socio-economic levels and lived experiences. Our organization focuses on providing essential veterinary services to communities with the highest need, including low socio-economic status neighborhoods, communities of color, and Spanish-speaking communities. We believe it is important to hire staff who possess the cultural and communication competencies to relate and provide exceptional care to our clients. Our team includes members ranging in age from 19 to 55, and includes individuals who identify as Latinx/Hispanic, Black/African-American, and White/Caucasian. We are proud that several of our team members are bilingual in English and Spanish, as this is an essential skill needed to support many of our clients.

Since our inception in 2000, we've conducted over 190,000 spay and neuter surgeries (as of 2024), preventing over half a million animals from entering shelters or roaming the streets. Our veterinary team specializes in high-volume spay and neuter services, and our administrative and program staff help to coordinate with clients and community partners to support an exceptionally well-run and efficient clinic. We regularly receive outstanding reviews from our clients and non-profit and jurisdictional partners. In 2023 alone, we performed 11,729 successful spay and neuter surgeries and facilitated 2,344 affordable wellness appointments, extending accessible veterinary care to 14,073 patients and preventing an estimated 35,000 births in our community.

Financials

Heaven Can Wait Animal Society
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31
Financial documents
2022 Heaven Can Wait Animal Society
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
NET GAIN/LOSS:    in 
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

9.81

Average of 11.73 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

12

Average of 4.7 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

14%

Average of 9% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Heaven Can Wait Animal Society

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Heaven Can Wait Animal Society’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$15,642 $174,683 -$48,543 $675,924 $1,882,724
As % of expenses -1.3% 14.8% -5.1% 48.1% 99.8%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$20,835 $171,764 -$51,786 $661,408 $1,867,934
As % of expenses -1.7% 14.6% -5.4% 46.6% 98.3%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $1,188,778 $1,352,093 $1,026,070 $1,902,288 $3,771,083
Total revenue, % change over prior year -22.2% 13.7% -24.1% 85.4% 98.2%
Program services revenue 30.6% 26.2% 26.9% 36.8% 25.8%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income -0.1% 0.4% 0.2% 0.5% 0.4%
Government grants 15.1% 0.0% 0.0% 9.1% 1.8%
All other grants and contributions 42.4% 73.5% 72.9% 53.6% 72.0%
Other revenue 11.9% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $1,204,420 $1,177,410 $958,141 $1,405,071 $1,886,154
Total expenses, % change over prior year -9.4% -2.2% -18.6% 46.6% 34.2%
Personnel 35.7% 37.9% 44.9% 43.8% 59.3%
Professional fees 1.0% 1.5% 1.1% 24.5% 13.7%
Occupancy 15.3% 16.0% 12.2% 7.8% 6.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.1% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 48.1% 44.6% 41.8% 23.8% 21.0%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $1,209,613 $1,180,329 $961,384 $1,419,587 $1,900,944
One month of savings $100,368 $98,118 $79,845 $117,089 $157,180
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $23,191 $68,623 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $1,309,981 $1,278,447 $1,064,420 $1,605,299 $2,058,124

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 2.9 4.9 8.2 7.3 12.0
Months of cash and investments 2.9 4.9 8.2 9.0 14.2
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 3.0 4.8 5.1 8.6 18.4
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $293,033 $481,146 $655,893 $853,341 $1,882,568
Investments $0 $0 $0 $205,207 $355,245
Receivables $0 $0 $0 $21,328 $101,873
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $278,625 $278,625 $301,815 $278,815 $282,768
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 97.4% 98.4% 91.9% 71.9% 76.1%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.0% 2.7% 20.4% 6.3% 7.5%
Unrestricted net assets $308,121 $479,885 $428,099 $1,089,507 $2,957,441
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $116,472 $0 $0
Total net assets $308,121 $479,885 $544,571 $1,089,507 $2,957,441

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No

Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Documents
Letter of Determination is not available for this organization
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Rachel Bergren

Rachel Bergren is an experienced nonprofit professional and compassionate leader who is passionate about: building effective teams, nurturing a culture of trust, collaboration and innovation, delivering effective and impactful programs, advancing organizational missions, and making the world a better place for people and animals, alike.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Heaven Can Wait Animal Society

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Compensation
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Heaven Can Wait Animal Society

Board of directors
as of 04/08/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Melissa Eure

G.C. Garcia, Inc.

Mary Beth Hartleb

Prism HR Consulting, LLC

Mark Debacker

Innovate Accounting LLC

Carolyn Wheeler

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Sarah Ocampo

Ocampo Wiseman Law

Joe Florentino

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Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/8/2024

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability