100 Beagles Rescued from Bankrupt Animal Testing Lab
lonely research laboratory is no place to call home. Especially if you’re
a fun loving beagle like Liberty here, and thanks to Best Friends Animal
Society and Pets Alive, she’s gone from lab to lap almost overnight!
Just in time for Independence Day – these dogs have something wonderful
to truly celebrate.
the 120-something odd beagles living at the facility were not used for invasive
testing, their lives were far from idyllic. The beagles had a champion in
Camille Hankins of Win Animal Rights, who followed their plight from research
subjects to refugees. The economic downturn took its toll on the research
laboratory and these lives were left in limbo until the wheels of the beagle
freedom train started spinning. Best Friends was made aware of the situation
through the Community Animal Assistance department and things started moving
as soon as word got out that the beagles had the potential to be released
to sanctuaries. Best Friends quickly partnered with Pets Alive to figure
out the logistics of moving dozens and dozens of abandoned dogs! Getting
over a hundred animals from point A to point B can be a challenge for any
organization, so the network of volunteers rallied and the staff readied.
Friends is teaming up with Pets Alive in the New York area to help these
beagles get the start they deserve … one that’s long overdue.
These dogs have been in a laboratory, too long without friends. First, these
beagles will go the safe harbor of Pets Alive where they will get all the
care they need. Since these dogs have never had the opportunity to discover
their true loveable, comical, often boisterous nature which makes beagles
such a favorite family dog, Pets Alive and Best Friends are committed to
help these dogs discover their true personalities,” said Judah Battista,
senior manager, Community Programs and Services, Best Friends Animal Society.
Liberty and her extended pack are all between two and five years of age,
having lived in a facility their whole lives they are about to start on
their new adventure - great timing for freedom on the Fourth. Good-bye sterile
steel cages, hello warm fluffy bed!
Jersey-based St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center stepped in to take 30 of
the dogs. Thanks to donations from people like you, Liberty and 90 of her
friends are headed to Pets Alive where they will all be vaccinated, spayed
and neutered, and microchipped before being sent on their way to sanctuaries
and adoptive homes. Best Friends is providing support by supplying staff
for daily care, covering their medical and transportation costs, and networking
with other rescue groups to get these dogs the best chances of going home,
as soon as possible. Approximately 30 of these special guys and gals will
be coming back to the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary where they will be treated
with the respect and kindness they deserve. Battista, who is on the ground
with the dogs, called in with the first van load of 26 dogs: He was happy
to report that the van started really yapping when the beagles were somewhere
between Liberty and Independence, New Jersey, on their way to a first chance
at a happy life. Pretty fitting for the July 4th weekend!
makes Liberty and her ‘kind’ so attractive to the scientific
community is what also makes her a fabulous family member – personable,
sound, and with few genetic health problems, beagles are all around great
and loyal companions. Best Friends knows that every dog deserves his day
and we’re sending "DogTown" star and staff dog trainer,
Pat Whitacre, to assess some of the dogs to help with proper placement.
Best Friends is able to do all this because our Members know
that dogs like Liberty matter. Your support saves 120+ dogs from an uncertain
future to an exciting future, filled with lots of love and affection!