Seventy-two beagles between the ages of 4 and 7 were recently released from a testing laboratory in Spain. Forty of the beagles arrived in Los Angeles last week hoping to be adopted. All of the dogs have been caged their entire lives and none had ever seen sunlight until now. The laboratory where they were rescued specializes in testing household, cosmetic, and pharmaceutical products for other corporations. Many testing labs use beagles because their docile natures make them compliant test subjects and their small size helps keep feeding and housing costs down.
The dogs were released to The Beagle Freedom Project, begun by the Animalrescue Media Education (ARME) organization in December 2010. The group specializes in re-homing laboratory animals through rescue and public education. Thirty-two of the beagles rescued in Spain have already been adopted in Europe and the rest are looking for new homes in Los Angeles. Click here if you are interested in fostering or adopting a rescue beagle or donating to ARME.
Here at NEPG we love a happy ending and this sure makes us smile.
A Wisconsin rescue dog has a new, loving home — all because of the unusual name shelter employees bestowed upon him.
A three-year-old, 80-pound coon hound named “L.L. Bean” was recently featured on a local television station’s “Pet of the Day” segment, which caught the eye of an employee from L.L. Bean’s corporate office in Maine. The Dunn County Humane Society in Wisconsin had been unable to find a home for the dog for more than a year — until word of his existence got around the L.L. Bean offices.
Four applications were soon submitted for L.L. Bean, but it was Pam Burt of Windham, Maine, a customer service representative, who was chosen to welcome the hound into her home next month.
She told the local TV station, “I fell in love with L.L. Bean as soon as I read the story and saw his picture. My family can’t wait to get him.”
Employees at L.L. Bean’s Maine offices collected more than $800 to pay for the dog’s transportation from Wisconsin to Burt’s home in Maine.