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Marysville, Ohio


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Education  ~ Rescue ~   Rehabilitation ~ Adoptions ~  Lifetime Sanctuary

We Have More Than 60 Dogs in Our Rescue & Sanctuary Program

Many have been deemed "unadoptable" due to health or behavior issues
& would have been euthanized if not for the snips sanctuary

Click Here to Meet the snips Dogs

Miss Lil
We need your tax deductible donations!

Lily says, "Click here to make a donation. Don't worry! It all goes to treats and toys for me."
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The Dogs

The Life of a snips Dog

The snips Website

The Enrichment Center


Donations ~ Money & Stuff is Needed!

The Fairy Dog~Mother & Doggy~Daddy Program

Join the "Dog of the Month Club"

snips History

The Different Roles of
Rescues, Shelters, Humane Societies, and Dog Pounds

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Marysville, Ohio

937/243-5226 ~ 614/774-3472












The Enrichment Center

A Place to Dig, Swim, Climb, Slide, Sniff, Herd, &

Open to dogs from all area
shelters, rescues, humane societies and dog pounds
and "dogs who don't play well with others & can't go to dog parks"!

Donations and volunteers are needed.

Can you help us with fencing; mulch; gravel; a fountain;
trees, shrubs and other landscaping; or help with design?

Coming Soon!


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Marysville, Ohio

937/243-5226 ~ 614/774-3472











Make a Dog's Day ~ Be a Volunteer!

We're looking for people who would enjoy coming out to spend time with the dogs.

** ** **  We Do All the Work ~ You Have All the Fun!  ** ** **

There's lots of space to play and go for walks,
plus a full agility course for them to try out their skills.

We'd also love help with bathing and brushing to keep everyone looking their best.

Our dogs are friendly, happy and healthy, and we are truly a no-kill sanctuary.

Any time you could volunteer would be greatly appreciated!

The Dogs Are Waiting!

Hours: M - S: 10 am - 6 pm
Sunday: 2 until 6 pm

(Other times may be possible by appointment.)


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Marysville, Ohio











Our Wish List

We Desperately Need Financial Support & "Stuff"

Fleece Blankets
Nylabones & Kong Toys
Peanut Butter
Laundry Detergent
Libman Mops & Replacement Mop Heads
Trash Bags
Paper Towels

Poop Scoops
Replacement Aluminum Corner Brackets for Kuranda Beds
WYSIWASH System & Capsules
Volunteers to Do Enrichment, Bathe Dogs, Scoop, Repair, and Help at Events
Help with Marketing & Advertising for Our Events
Jewelry & Collar Makers
Printer Paper
Mulch for the Yards
Essential Oils

Do you like to build things? The dogs would love more agility-type equipment.

Be a Fairy Dog~Mother or Doggy~Daddy!


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Marysville, Ohio











The Dog of the Month Club

For Your $15 a Month Tax-Deductible* Membership,
We Will:

* Post photos & videos of the dog being honored each month
that will only be available to club members.

* Tell you his story ~ how he came to be with us,
what his life is like here at snips, who his friends are ~
anything & everything we know about him.

* Let you know about all the special things we're able to do for her
as a result of your membership, whether it's:

A Field Trip
Needed Veterinary Care
(particularly teeth cleaning & microchips, occasionally
even surgery for things like luxating patellas and spay/neuter)
Extra Yummy Treats
A New Bed
Whatever She Needs

* Give you an open invitation to come visit & spend time with the honoree!
Play in the agility yard, go for a walk, or make a hamburger run.

Please Join Today!

Contact us at: snips@pawsitiveenergy.com or call 614/774-3472

* as soon as our 501(c)(3) is approved


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Marysville, Ohio












Fairy Dog~Mothers & Doggy~Daddys
Are Needed!

Jonah Says "Pick Me!"

Pick a Dog & Make a Monthly Donation Toward His or Her Care!

Find Out All About "Your Dog"

Visit as Often as You'd Like ~ Go For Walks or Rides or Take a Dip in the Pond

Send or Bring Toys & Treats

Get Pictures & Monthly Updates

Contact Us at snips@pawsitiveenergy.com & We'll Tell You More

Click Here to Meet the Dogs

Enrich a Dog's Life ~ We'll Make It Easy & Fun!


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Marysville, Ohio





















Our History

snips began, unofficially, in early 1992, with my first visit to a shelter.
I only had four dogs at the time, and a friend thought it would be fun
to take me to the local pound, since I was such a dog person.

I wound up coming home with a
lumpy, crotchety, 15 year old deaf female black lab. She'd been
dumped a few days earlier by her family, and was scheduled to be
euthanized right after we left. That opened my eyes to things I'd only
heard about and really didn't want to believe were true.

The first few strays I took in were great dogs, and I was sure
it would be so easy to find homes for them. If they were little dogs, babies,
really pretty, or looked like purebreds, it was.

But I found out pretty quickly that,
if they were big, old, or even just a little ordinary on the outside,
it wasn't.

I started snips in 1999, hoping that being an "official"
rescue (with a web site!) would help with finding more good homes.

It did, but it also let more people know that I would take in unwanted dogs...

So, ever since, the number of dogs living with me, now us, has grown
steadily each year. In 2007 we reached a new high of 50.

For every dog we've placed in a new home
there are many others who will never leave us.

To be honest, some could have been adopted but weren't
because they love it here and we got attached to them.
But there are many o
thers who are less likely to ever find homes
because of various "issues."

We take in as many of those dogs as we can,
since we know we're often their last chance.

We also usually have five or six who have been pulled from kill shelters
by other groups and are just here short term, waiting for
transport to their official rescue or foster home.

We've always funded all of our rescue ourselves - vet bills, food,
spaying and neutering, toys, treats, beds, poop scoops, trash bags,
paper towels, web pages, grooming, leashes, id tags, collars... I always felt
like it gave me the freedom I needed. Rescuing dogs is an emotional business, and
everyone, including me, seems to have some pretty strong opinions
on how it needs to be done.

It's worked well - especially since Pawsitive Energy has been
able to fund all our rescue work for the past three or four years.

But this past summer, I started getting some ideas
about where we could go from here. It seems like no matter what we do,
no matter how many dogs we take in, I never feel like we're doing enough,
but continuing to take in dogs at the rate we have been isn't practical.

So I started thinking about new directions we could take
that could benefit all the dogs in local shelters, rescues and humane societies.

I though it would be great to offer something that
they couldn't get anywhere else. Something that could challenge
them both physically and mentally. I thought that if we could
create a place that would expose the dogs to a lot of new experiences
it could make their stay in their temporary homes less stressful
and ultimately make them more adoptable.

We came up with a plan to build a place for them to explore,
with caves, tunnels, a swinging bridge, mazes, and digging pits.
And of course there would have to be a pond. And some
different kinds of animals for them to meet - sheep, cows, llamas...

We got a group of like minded people together to
brainstorm, and decided how to go about getting all this accomplished.

A big part of the plan had to include ideas for funding, and,
no way around it, we were going to need help with that.
It seemed like the time to start non-profit and go looking for
grants and donations.

We are very lucky to know some great people who happen to be attorneys
willing to do all the paperwork that's necessary to apply
for non-profit status.

As of right now, we're waiting for approval. As soon as we
get it, we'll start sending out letters, filing for grants, and looking for volunteers.
The plan is to have our "enrichment center" up and running SOON.

And that's just the beginning...


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Marysville, Ohio















The Difference Between
Rescues, Shelters, Humane Societies, & Dog Pounds

I often have to justify a decision regarding placement to
an applicant who doesn't realize that there is a fundmental
difference in the way a rescue operates as compared
to the other kinds of organizations involved in dog adoptions.

I've found that there is much misunderstanding about the different
roles rescues, shelters, humane societies and pounds play
in the business of adoption, particularly since
many people feel that since we're all always full to the brim
with dogs awaiting homes, anyone who wants a dog
should be able to have him.

Yes, the shelters are full, and we do our best to pull as many dogs
as we possibly can,
but rescues don't just want any home for their dogs.
It has to be the right home.
I've turned away many good homes waiting for the perfect one,
and I know I've upset a lot of people along the way.

If you've been frustrated in your dealings with a rescue,
or plan to adopt a dog in the future, please let
me explain why we operate as we do,
and tell you a little more about
dog adoption and rescue in general.


Rescues are generally staffed by volunteers who care for the dogs
(often in our own homes), plus answer phone calls, take
applications, do home visits, check references, do follow ups,
plan fundraising events
- everything and anything that's required to save dogs
and other animals from uncertain futures.

Some organizations specialize in a particular breed or type of dog,
such as ex-racing greyhounds,
small dogs, old dogs, or dogs with behavior issues.

For several reasons, the process of adopting a dog from a rescue
may take a little while longer than going to a shelter or pound.

Rescues are often "limited admission," which means that when
we get to our limit, we are unable to accept additional dogs.

We are all generally "no kill,"
and will only euthanize a dog if he has life threatening,
incurable physical problems or dangerous behavioral issues.

One of the many benefits of adopting a dog from a rescue
is that the dogs are generally very healthy,
some have had basic obedience training,
and all of them have been carefully evaluated
to determine what kind of family would suit them best.

Even though most rescues accept donations
and charge adoption fees, the money we take in
is rarely enough to cover expenses,
particularly since we accept many dogs
with health conditions and behavioral issues
that are very time consuming and costly to deal with,
so we wind up paying for
many of the dogs' needs out of our own pockets.

These are the dogs who most other organizations would not help.

It's hard not to get personally involved with our dogs. We know
their stories, their quirks, and generally come to love them as our own.

We feel that this is the best way to be able to place a dog with the person
or family who is best matched for him, and who will love and keep him for
the rest of his life. We need to know that this dog will never
again be abused, neglected, or abandoned.

This is also why
we all have clauses in our adoption contracts requiring
that the dog be returned to us if the adopter is
ever, for any reason, unable to keep him.

That's the promise that we make to our dogs. And it's the only way
that most of us can continue to deal with
all the sadness we see and hear about on a daily basis.


Unlike rescues,
shelters, humane societies and dog pounds are best at placing a lot of dogs.

They are generally not as personally involved with the dogs, and,
for many reasons, are less able to be as particular
about the quality of the home.


Some, generally what we think of as dog pounds,
require nothing more than a basic application and adoption fee.

Many dog pounds have no spay/neuter policy,
so many of the dogs they adopt
wind up producing more dogs -
who then wind up in pounds or shelters themselves.

Pounds and other publicly funded organizations will accept all dogs
brought to them, as well as strays and humane cases.

Some require that the person who brings the dog pay a fee
for the dog to be admitted to the facility.

Most pounds have a very high rate of euthanasia.

Many kill dogs for very minor health or behavioral issues,
to make space for incoming dogs, and/or at the end
of a predetermined time.

Many euthanize all dogs of certain breeds, most often
American Pit Bull Terriers, no matter how loving and well-behaved
the dog may be.

Often, the methods used are extremely painful, frightening, and inhumane.


Humane societies and shelters will often,
in addition to the basic application and fee,
require some combination of background check,
home visit, and references before releasing their dogs to new homes.

Some utilize volunteers and foster families, and house some or
all of their dogs in homes rather than kennels.

Most will not place dogs who are not yet spayed or neutered,
or require spaying or neutering within a
specific period following the adoption.

Some require that the dog be returned to
them if for any reason the adopter is unable to keep him.

Many shelters and humane societies euthanize dogs,
often for the same reasons as dogs pounds:
space, time, funding, breed discrimination. As a rule,
the methods used by humane societies and shelters
are a bit more humane.


Each organization has its place, and each of us, as individuals,
has to find where we feel we can do the most good.


We feel very strongly that no healthy animal brought into the
rescue/shelter/humane society/pound system should ever be killed.

I believe that the resources are out there,
and communities need to develop and cultivate
relationships with these resourses in order to make No Kill a reality.

If you'd like to find out more about the No Kill alternative,
please visit the No Kill Advocacy Center website
or see the interview with Nathan Winograd.
(Click for links)


      @Pawsitive Energy
Marysville, Ohio








The Life of a snips Dog

They Have It Tough...

Homemade treats, all natural foods & treats, supplements,
and "gravy" on kibble three to four times a week
Some raw meats, veggies and fruits

Four indoor and outdoor playtimes a day ~ with a variety of friends whenever possible,
plus individualized activities and treats:
running on the treadmill,
massage/Reiki, futon/cuddle time,
rides in the car,
stuffed frozen Kongs,
baths & grooming,
doggy puzzles,
meat flavored bubbles,
agility activities,
obedience lessons,
baby pools, digging pits

Enrichment is tracked for each dog,
and we are constantly looking for more and better activities

Heated/Air conditioned kennels with Nylabones and other toys,
Kuranda beds for the big guys, soft bedding for small dogs

Company/attention from 6/7 am - 10/11 pm each day, 365 days a year

Aromatherapy and calming music around the clock

All natural environment. No chemicals in, on, or around dogs
Natural flea and fly control

Regular holistic and conventional veterinary care


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Marysville, Ohio







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