In Memorium


Breed: Thoroughbred   Age: 14

CALVIN, aka Sandy Flyer, a 14-year-old Thoroughbred, was born and raised to be a racehorse. He ran 7 races never placing in the top three.


Breed: Standard Donkey   Age: 12

Lucy and Velvet came to Heaven Can Wait together. The family that owned them had quite a collection of animals that they no longer had the time for.

Mr. Zimmerman

Breed: Arabian   Age: 28

This is "Mr Zimmerman," a 20-year old horse we are trying to save - he was starved through neglect and ignorance when other horses chased him away from communal meals and nobody did anything about it


Breed: Quarter Horse   Age: 29

Reba was rescued by a young lady who found out that caring for an elderly horse is not easy and expensive.


Breed: Mustang   Age: 24

RUSTY was injured during the BLM “round-up” in which he was caught. Those injuries prevented him from ever being ridden.


Breed: Quarter Horse   Age: 25+

January 31, 2012, we lost Belle, our wonderful “old lady” who was saved in early 2008 from having to go through the auction in Templeton.


Breed: Quarter Horse   Age: 20

Bubbles made her trip to Heaven today, April 3, 2008. Something ruptured before our eyes and she was euthanized as soon as our veterinarian could arrive to do so.


As soon as Chili got off the trailer, we knew that we were on the most uphill battle we had yet to climb.


Breed: Thoroughbred   Age: 22

CODY was found starving in a cramped, garbage-ridden backyard in Simi Valley, CA.


Breed: Arabian   Age: 37

No sooner had Sport’s body been picked up and taken away, we noticed that Dharzy was having difficulty walking on her rear legs. They just didn’t want to keep the 34 year old body up and walking.


Breed: Arabian Gelding   Age: 22

On that sunny Monday morning an urgent call summoned HCW’s veterinarian for Dream.


Breed: Thoroughbred/Quarter Horse Cross   Age: 20+

Faith was humanely euthanized at about 1:30 p.m. on Friday, January 13th, 2012. Poor dear old Faith who came to Heaven Can Wait in late 2006 because she had been abandoned with absolutely nothing but her halter and lead rope.


Breed: Pony   Age: 30

Recently, another new addition joined the Heaven Can Wait family, a pony, whom we have named Halo…a pony thought to be only 18, but she is really 30, give or take a few years.


Breed: Paso Fino   Age: 9

Josie was brought to Heaven Can Wait originally over 2 years ago because of the way she had been treated and the conditions in which she lived. She arrived as a very distrusting and nervous mare.


Age: 20+

JR., well over 20 years of age and whom we consider to be our "poster horse," was found as a rack of bones barely able to walk...


MIA AND SINGER, both in their 20's, were surrendered to San Luis Obispo County Animal Services after an officer responded to a complaint of 2 underweight and neglected horses whose feet were very long and cracked.

Miss Chili

Breed: Miniature Horse   Age: 12

On January 18, 2012, only 5 days after we lost Faith, we lost our sweet and adorable mama mini Chili, leaving behind a very upset son, Ortega.


Breed: Standard Donkey   Age: 16+

On February 16th, we lost another. A very, very special donkey, Missy. Everyone loved her and this is the hardest In Memorial I have had to write. Missy was used for roping for many years.

New York

Breed: Thoroughbred   Age: 20+

NEW YORK, has a very simple and far too familiar story. He has been sold “as is” probably more times than we know….moved from training barn to training barn, from new owner to new owner.


Breed: Thoroughbred   Age: 8

At about 9:45 a.m. on this last day of 2010, Princeton (aka “The Cag”) made his way to Heaven because of a broken tibia.


Breed: Quarter Horse   Age: 20+

Today, September 7, 2012 at approximately 1:00 p.m. Rolo, one of the most remarkable horses one could ever want to meet, was sent to Heaven.


Horse owners, anxious to rid themselves of their horses, erroneously convince themselves that summer riding camps for kids are the ideal place for their horses to “retire.”


Breed: Thoroughbred   Age: 20+

SHERMAN, a Thoroughbred in his early twenties was once a successful Training Level event horse. His last owner had leased him out before she moved to New York to get married.


Presidents’ Day, Monday, February 21, 2011, was not a good day at Heaven Can Wait. We lost 2 horses within less than 24 hours from each other.


Horse owners, anxious to rid themselves of their horses, erroneously convince themselves that summer riding camps for kids are the ideal place for their horses to “retire.”

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