About Us

Officers and Board of Directors

Susan Schwartz,  Founder and President

Julie Boskovich, Co-Founder/Vice President

Julie is a large and small animal vet technician. 675 Oak Run Trail, #401, Oak Park, CA 91377

Shari Peterson, Secretary

Shari is an E-Mail Operations Specialist with US Bank. She is very supportive of and active in Heaven Can Wait. Post Office Box 1578, Estacada, OR 97023

Judy Peterson, Treasurer

Judy is the Insurance and Escrow Manager, for IBM-LBPS in Beaverton, Oregon. She, too, is very supportive, both financially as a contributor and as a financial advisor. Post Office Box 1578, Estacada, OR 97023

Gloria Walter, Luv Me Tender Farm, Registered Miniature Donkeys, Board Member

As long time owners and breeders of Miniature Donkeys, their advice and counsel are heavily relied upon with respect to all the donkeys that have been rescued by Heaven Can Wait. 6268 Hog Canyon Road, San Miguel, CA 93451

Angela Vinther

Estrella 4-H Equine Leader and an accredited Richard Shrake instructor and coach.

Halley M. Moore, Ph.D., Psychologist

Halley works with a variety of issues including, but not limited to: symptoms of anxiety and depression, eating issues, substance use disorders, impulse-control problems, partner and relational problems, occupational problems, and parent-child problems. Halley supports the human-horse therapeutic connection and plans to make equine therapy a part of her private practice in the future. Dr. Moore is currently located at Center for Counseling and Recovery in Paso Robles.

Advisory Board

Robert Ferber, Esq.

Animal Rights Attorney and former prosecutor of Animal Cruelty, Los Angeles, CA, and an Advisor to Animal Non-Profits

David C. Bolivar, M.D.


Julie Monser

A Veterinarian Technician at a Small Animal Hospital

John Philip Sousa, IV

I started Heaven Can Wait because of a promise I made to a horse when I was 15 years old growing up in the San Francisco Bay area during the unforgettable 60’s. While taking care of him for his owner who, because of an accident, could not ride for a year, an incredible bond was formed. He was what I loved most and trusted completely in a turbulent decade and turbulent family life. He saved me from what might have been a disastrous end. As I said goodbye to him a year later not knowing what his fate was going to be, I cried from deep within my soul and promised him I would always do for other horses what he did for me.

Almost 25 years later, I found myself back in California after working and living in the Washington, D.C. area. The time had come to do something I had wanted to do for years; take riding lessons and eventually purchase a horse. That horse, now in heaven, took me into the world of “western horse shows.” My eyes were opened further to the fate of the horse. As we traveled to many shows throughout the State, I witnessed the abusive training methods of many trainers. Thankfully, some of those methods have since been banned, but the memories never left me.

In 2002, almost 40 years after that incredible bond was formed with a horse in the 60’s, my husband and I moved to Paso Robles bringing with us my 3 show horses, all of whom were retired. Shortly after we moved here, because of a telephone call from our co-founder, the first 3 rescues arrived. It became apparent that my promise to an old friend was coming true. Heaven Can Wait, a 501(c) (3) equine rescue and sanctuary was opened.

We rescue horses and donkeys from abuse, neglect and abandonment caused by cruelty, ignorance or financial need. We act on the belief that these noble animals, which we have relied on for so long for our own survival, deserve to live in comfort, safety and good health until their days are done.

Each rescue, whether already in Heaven, still with us, or future ones to arrive at Heaven Can Wait will always carry a big piece of my heart and soul.


Susan Schwartz
Founder and President

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