Important Information for Visitors
His Hands Extended Sanctuary is a working animal care facility with the accent on "working". Since we care for so many animals with a small, but efficient crew, all visits must be by appointment only.
While we love to spend time getting to know our supporters and sharing our facilites and animal family with them, doing this takes time away from the animals' care. An appointment allows us to have sufficient staff on hand to meet visitors' expectations of a tour and still get everyone taken care of each day.
The Sanctuary also covers a lot of space and is outside, so come prepared to hike and be in the elements. Think of it as a Sanctuary Safari.
While we love every dog and cat here, there are some that, due to past interactions with uncaring humans, are not friendly, so a guide is necesasry to not have unpleasant experiences for our visitors or our dogs. The noise level 157 dogs can produce is sometimes too much for small children, so please know your children's noise tolerances before bringing them to visit. It is sometimes not a happy trip for little ones when they are surrounded with so much barking.
Do not ask to bring your dog or cat along to visit. Not only are we concerned about the health consequences of exposing strange animals to each other, exposure to this large of a pack, of which your dog is not a part, can be a very stressful experience for your pet. Although we love your dog, too, it will probably not be a pleasant trip for him or her.
Please - call for an appointment to let us share our mission with you and express how much we appreciate you being a part of our animal rescue family. Donations can be dropped off at the surgical clinic any day by appointment during the week and anytime from 9 to 5 on the weekend.
Donations can be made by check to:
His Hands Extended
PO Box 502
Saint Paris, Ohio
The Reason (to you from all your rescue dogs)
I would've died that day if not for you.
I would've given up on life if not for your kind eyes.
I would've used my teeth in fear if not for your gentle hands.
I would have left this life believing that all humans don't care
Believing there is no such thing as fur that isn't matted
skin that isn't flea bitten
good food and enough of it
beds to sleep on
someone to love me
to show me I deserve love just because I exist.
Your kind eyes, your loving smile, your gentle hands
Your big heart saved me...
You saved me from the terror of the pound,
Soothing away the memories of my old life.
You have taught me what it means to be loved.
I have seen you do the same for other dogs like me.
I have heard you ask yourself in times of despair
Why you do it
When there is no more money, no more room, no more homes
You open your heart a little bigger, stretch the money a little tighter
Make just a little more room...to save one more like me.
I tell you with the gratitude and love that shines in my eyes
In the best way I know how
Reminding you why you go on trying.
I am the reason
The dogs before me are the reason
As are the ones who come after.
Our lives would've been wasted, our love never given
We would die if not for you