In a matter of days, several humane societies across the United States received a large transport of Beagles from a testing facility. The Beagles were bred specifically for testing, so the groups included many puppies and adult females. Now, these dogs will receive love for the first time in their lives.
It’s unclear if all these Beagles are from the same testing facility, but it seems like an unusual coincidence if they’re not. Due to ongoing investigations, none of the shelters have disclosed the facility’s name and location. All that matters now is that these adorable dogs find the perfect forever homes!
Dozens of Beagles Escape Animal Testing
The Wisconsin Humane Society took in 30 Beagles, the Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RISPCA) received 40, and the Animal Humane Society in Minnesota is caring for 23. The Beagles are of varying ages and temperaments, but the one thing they have in common is that they were all bred for animal testing.
There may be more humane societies that took in Beagles, but these three are the ones being covered by news sites. Sadly, Beagles are the most common dog breed used for testing because they’re generally small and docile, making them easy to control. But no dog deserves to be put through a life of cruelty.
“The beagles were living in confined, unsanitary conditions – likely with very little socialization with humans,” said Angela Speed with the Wisconsin Humane Society. “This particular group does need extra medical care and behavior support.”
The Beagles seem to range anywhere from 8 weeks old to 8 years old. Some of the adult Beagles may be pregnant. Volunteers expected the dogs to be shy and closed off, but the younger ones seem excited to be free. Some of the older ones are still timid and overwhelmed, so they’ll need lots of patience.
Give a Beagle a Home!
Each humane society has a different process, but soon, all the Beagles will be up for adoption and looking for the perfect place to live out the rest of their lives. Anyone willing to adopt, foster, volunteer, or donate will be greatly appreciated at all these organizations.
“We have not ever had a large relinquishment of animals that came from a medical facility, so this is new to us,” said RISPCA President Wayne Kezirian. “Interestingly, our understanding is that a lot of times, these animals are severely under socialized.”
Most of these Beagles will need serious medical attention before they can get adopted. So, each dog’s timeline will vary based on their condition. Some have already been adopted or put on hold due to an excess of applications.
If you’re interested in adopting a Beagle, keep an eye on the “adoptable dogs” pages:
- Animal Humane Society Adoptable Dogs (Golden Valley, Minnesota)
- Wisconsin Humane Society Adoptable Dogs (Multiple locations)
- RISPCA Adoptable Dogs (Riverside, Rhode Island)
Even if you cannot adopt one of these Beagles, please consider donating to help the shelters support these extra dogs!
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