Our Animal Rescue Team, with the support of our shelter and rescue partners, is preparing to remove approximately 4,000 beagles from a mass breeding facility that has received multiple violations for issues such as inadequate veterinary care and insufficient food. Many of these dogs were bound for animal testing laboratories across the country. This is a massive undertaking and we urgently need your support to help us transport, care for and find homes for these dogs as quickly as possible.
How can I help?
This will be a historic operation, our largest ever! Please rush an urgent gift to help save these dogs and give more animals a better life.
Adopt or foster
The Humane Society of the United States does not adopt animals directly to the public. Our shelter and rescue partners will be placing all the dogs into foster and adoptive homes. Please refer to our list of partners that have agreed to take in dogs and reach out to them directly for more information. We will be adding groups to this list as it grows.
On July 21, 2022, our Animal Rescue Team started removing the nearly 4,000 beagles from the mass breeding facility and transporting them to our partners and our animal care and rehabilitation center.
Beagles play after release from research breeding facility!
August 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.
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.
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.
Thank you so much for your interest in helping these dogs! Before sending a message, please check the FAQs below to see whether your question is already answered.
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.
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.