4,000 Rescued Beagles Need A Home: Here’s How To Help Them

The Western District of Virginia is going dog-friendly — in a good way. After releasing 446 beagles of Envigo– a breeding and research facility based in Cumberland, Va. – last March, a federal judge ruled last week that 4,000 additional beagles will soon be released.

So who let the dogs out? The answer in this case is a group of organizations and legislators, all fighting for the welfare of beagles. The cause was laudable: these dogs endured cruelty and general neglect resulting in disease, injury and, in the case of over 300, death.

Fortunately, groups like Beagle Freedom Project (BFP) are working to shed light on these conditions. Envigo was the first target of the group’s advocacy campaign, Open cages, naming namesdedicated to shutting down particularly egregious test facilities.

“We of course want to end animal testing, which requires legislation, undercover operations and advocacy, which has contributed greatly to this Envigo situation,” Development Director Melissa McWilliams told Brightly. at BFP.

McWilliams says the group already has overwhelming support from volunteers. The beagles will be released and moved over the next 60 days, at which time they will be placed in shelters and rescue organizations under the care of the Humane Society of the United States.

McWilliams and his team are currently reaching out to shelters caring for the 450 beagles that were previously released, an effort they plan to continue as the next wave of puppies are introduced to a better world.

“Even if they’ve just come from a breeding center and haven’t spent any time in a lab yet, they’ll still have unique behaviors,” says McWilliams, who notes that dogs in BFP care will go through one to two months in a foster family before they are available for adoption. “At the end of the day, we want to make sure that we avoid families returning the dogs as much as possible.”

What can you do to help?

Photo: Beagle Freedom Project

The first answer: Make a donation. Your money will go towards transportation costs, veterinary and behavioral care – most beagles are probably not spayed or spayed and need vaccinations, plus a little extra help adjusting to new living conditions – and general coordination costs. (It is, after all, a colossal undertaking.) Volunteer requests are also always welcome.

Finally, if you live in Virginia or surrounding states and are looking to adopt your own dog, be on the lookout for an influx of beagles, each deserving of plenty of extra safety, play, and love. Applications for adoption and fostering can be found here.


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