If this story and video doesn’t bring you smiles and happy tears, I just don’t know what will.
For this group of dogs, life didn’t start out that way, though. A total of 72 beagles were removed from a research laboratory in Spain, and 32 of them were adopted in Europe. The future for the remaining 40 dogs was uncertain, until the Beagle Freedom Project stepped in. The Project is part of Animal Rescue Media Education (ARME), a nonprofit started by animal rights attorney and filmmaker, Shannon Keith. Their work is devoted to rescuing and finding homes for beagles formerly used in research. According to their website, beagles are often “friendly, docile, trusting, forgiving, people-pleasing personalities.”
The organization had the 40 dogs flown from Spain to Los Angeles, California where they would find them new homes. Gary Smith of Beagle Freedom Project said, “We’ve been told they lived one per cage in rooms of 10 beagles, but they never had any physical interaction with one another.” “They’ve been in kennels since they were rescued about a week ago, but aside from that, they’ve spent most of their lives locked up,” according to the Huffington Post.
Smith gave us an update today on the beagles who are still adjusting to life free from cages and experiments. “As of now, all of the beagles are with fosters and fosters to adopters. We had eight staying with us in our beagle sanctuary, formerly known as our kitchen. We are down to the two that we plan to foster and adopt if Chloe, our 15 year old cat (who has chronic renal failure) gives us permission. They are Frederick (Freddie) and Douglass (Doug). Of the six we fostered out of our sanctuary, they are all adjusting, some faster than others. It will take time for the dogs to truly trust anyone. Doug allowed me to pet him for the very first time last night, after six days! Freddie gets up at 3 am and runs in circles in our kitchen and outside.”
Big thank you’s to Gary and Shannon Keith and the rest of Beagle Freedom Project for taking in these 40 dogs and changing their world. If you are interested in adopting one of the dogs still in need of a home or making a donation to help, you can get more information here.
Below, watch an amazing video from June of 9 other beagles rescued from a research lab, as Beagle Freedom Project helps them step out of their cages and into grass and sunshine for the first time.