When the nearly 4,000 beagles we helped transport made headlines across the country in the summer of 2022, our shelter and rescue partners could barely keep up with the applications that came in for them. It seemed everyone who had heard about these dogs was determined to give one (or two!) a better life.
Most of the dogs were destined for labs, which came as a shock to many who saw the news. Some adopters hadn’t known that nearly 60,000 dogs are used in experiments each year in the United States, or that tens of thousands of dogs destined for labs are born at breeding facilities—like Envigo, the one we removed these beagles from—every year.
While we continue to fight for non-animal testing methods, it’s a comfort to know that these 3,776 beagles now have loving homes thanks to the efforts of so many. We marked the milestone with a “beagle-versary bash” in September for some D.C-.area adopter families to meet each other and share the joy of seeing their pups happy and free.
“Last time we saw these dogs, all they knew was life in a mass-breeding facility,” said Jessica Johnson, senior director of our Animal Rescue Team, as she surveyed the scene. “Seeing them here with their adopted families a year later is amazing—I hope that this is all they remember.”
We caught up with a few pups you met last year to see how they’re adjusting to the good life.
Ollie, Mac, Pepper, Nora, Clover, Ella, Copper—the thousands of dogs formerly identified only by a code tattooed in their ears now have names as individual as their personalities.
Going big for beagles, Winter '23