The Brandywine Valley SPCA is welcoming 15 more dogs to its Georgetown campus this week, rescued last month from a Virginia breeding complex that sold the dogs for experimentation.
And they’re just in time for this weekend’s Clear the Shelters National Adoption Campaign.
Earlier this month, 23 beagles were brought to the BVSPCA West Chester campus, bringing the total to 38, not including 12 puppies brought to the Delaware Humane Association and Delaware SPCA campuses last week.
Marketing manager Linda Torelli says the West Chester dogs were placed into foster or adoptive homes almost immediately, and the 5-7 month old puppies in Georgetown will likely be placed just as quickly.
“The need for dog placement is ongoing,” Torelli said. “We will stay in touch with HSUS, they are an important strategic partner for us and we want to be able to help these beagles find homes, so we remain open-minded if they need further support. for their placement. From a community perspective, we have had such an outpouring that there is an ability to help more animals in Delaware.
Anyone not placed by the end of the week will have the opportunity to find housing on Saturday when shelters across the state reduce or waive adoption fees in an attempt to empty shelters.
“They’re basically like puppy mill dogs that really don’t know anything under their feet except cages,” Torelli said. “So we’re going to talk to them about all these acclimatization requirements.”
She adds that the interest in these beagles also helps other shelter dogs.
“One of the really amazing things that happened when we adopted the beagles from West Chester, families came forward to adopt the beagles, but we also saw an incredible outpouring for our animals in general. We had a near record adoption day overall and most of the animals weren’t beagles.
The BVSPCA and other shelters across the state are hoping for additional record adoption days this weekend during the national Clear the Shelter campaign. Torelli says that while some shelters are reducing adoption fees, the BVSPCA is waiving fees altogether.
Torelli notes that these rescue stories happen when someone sees something that doesn’t seem right and reports it.
She also stresses the importance of neutering and neutering to prevent overcrowding and more homeless animals.
Beagle rescue donations can be made on the BVSPCA website – https://bvspca.org/form/beagles.html.