I ran across this on the care2 petition site. This post will bring you tons of happy tears! I love Beagles they are my Favorite Dogs. I love the way they bark, so cute. Anyway I thought this story was worth a repost. Also, I would like to thank attorney Shannon Keith for stepping up and helping save these Dogs lives.
Thanks to the quick action of a newly formed animal activist group, nine beagles that have spent their lives inside a university research lab in Northern California have been adopted.
The 6 females and 3 males who ranged in age from 2 – 5 years old were specifically bred for use in the research lab. The facility agreed to release the dogs after they were no longer needed for testing.
That’s when the Beagle Freedom Project jumped into action to rescue the beagles and bring them back to their headquarters outside Los Angeles. The organization which began in December 2010 by attorney Shannon Keith had only a few days to respond to the university’s offer before the dogs would be euthanized.
The beagles aren’t sure how to handle their new freedom. They stayed in their crates for 15 minutes before they actually took a step outside onto the grass. They were so scared. They had no idea what to do. So, it’s bittersweet. We’re all crying, but we’re smiling at the same time.”
Finally the dogs ventured out of the crates and began wagging their tails. It was the first time any of them had been outdoors or walked on grass.
The foster families will now begin the process of socializing the beagles and getting them ready to be adopted into permanent homes. They will teach the dogs everything from walking on a leash to playing catch.
Beagles are the most common type of dog used in research when larger animals than mice or rats are needed, More of them are being rescued, although the cases are rarely publicized.”
More than 67,000 canines are used in U.S. research labs every year.
Read More: Care2.com
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