Our Animal Rescue Team, with the support of our shelter and rescue partners, has removed approximately 4,000 beagles from a mass breeding facility that received multiple Animal Welfare Act violations for issues such as inadequate veterinary care and insufficient food. Many of these dogs were bound for animal testing laboratories across the country.

How can I help?

Donate

This is a historic operation—our largest ever! Please consider a generous gift to help these dogs and give more animals a better life.

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Adopt or foster

Interested in adopting or fostering one of these beagles? Check our list of partners who are accepting the beagles into their adoption programs.

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Latest updates

On July 21, 2022, our Animal Rescue Team started removing the nearly 4,000 beagles from the mass breeding facility and transporting them to shelter and rescue partners across the country. As of Labor Day weekend, all 4,000 were on their way to loving homes!

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PAWTY time with the last of the nearly 4,000 beagles!

 

Sept. 2: The last beagle of thousands spared from testing arrived at our care and rehabilitation center. We are elated that, with the help of more than 120 shelter and rescue partners, we have accomplished this massive feat!

Aug. 30: The last of the nearly 4,000 beagles are scheduled to be removed from the Envigo mass breeding facility this week! This has been a massive undertaking and every gift makes a huge difference. Will you donate today to help finish this lifesaving effort and help give even more animals a better life?

Aug. 25: We have removed close to 3,000 beagles from Envigo so far, making this adoption a heartwarming representation of the thousands of new beginnings unfolding for these dogs. We are deeply moved by the many individuals and more than 75 shelters and rescues all over the country who have already opened their doors to beagles spared from a life of suffering in a laboratory. Thank you to everyone who has helped us achieve this.

Aug. 9: Halfway there! More than 2,000 beagles are now on their way to better lives all across the country.

Aug. 6: Another 226 beagles were removed from the Envigo laboratory breeding facility for a total of 1,124 removed to date. We're excited for the progress and thankful to our shelter partners, who are helping to make this a effort a success.

July 27: A second set of beagles has been removed from the laboratory breeding facility in Virginia and transported by our shelter partners. This brings the total to more than 900 dogs removed from Envigo's facility.

July 22: More than 400 beagles have been removed from the laboratory breeding facility in Virginia. Transfers begin in an effort to find homes for approximately 4,000 beagles spared from animal experimentation.

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July 18: Finding partners who can make space and find homes for around 4,000 dogs in the summer—a time of year when animal shelters are already over-capacity—will be a feat of epic proportions.

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July 13: We're busy coordinating the transport of these dogs. We'll update the list of partners throughout the next two months and encourage you to check this page often. Please note that while some dogs may travel to the West Coast, the majority will be placed with East Coast and Midwest partners.

Contact us

Thank you so much for your interest in helping these dogs! Before sending a message, please check our FAQs to see whether your question is already answered.

Beagle puppies in a transport cage
Kevin Wolf / AP Images for the HSUS

FAQs

I know a shelter that would like to take some of these dogs! How do they sign up?

Any shelter or rescue interested in offering placement of these dogs, whether they are an existing HSUS shelter and rescue partner or not, should contact us. Please note that submitting a message does not guarantee placement at your organization nor adoption of a beagle from one of our shelter and rescue partners.

How can I help my local shelter at this time?

Shelters and rescues need community support right now, regardless of if they are taking animals from this operation. Consider supporting your local shelter by donating, fostering, adopting or volunteering.  

Do you need volunteers?

At this point, we haven’t needed to deploy volunteers for this effort. We don’t know if that will change, but we’re always looking to add to our pool of available Animal Rescue Team volunteers. Please note, animal rescue volunteers go through a detailed onboarding process to ensure the role is a good fit.

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How can I adopt one of these beagles?  

Our shelter and rescue partners each have their own adoption policies and criteria. Please check the list of partner groups and reach out to them, or follow them on social media for updates about their transport.