Rescued Beagle Adoptions Are Delayed Due to Unexpected Dog Medical and Social Issues

Since taking in 43 adult beagles rescued from a medical breeding facility in Virginia late last month, the Helen Woodward Animal Center has been overwhelmed with goodwill from the dog-loving public.

Over 200 adoption requests poured in from California and neighboring states, over $24,000 in donations were made for the care of the beagles and over 400 toys, bedding and other essentials were purchased for the dogs at the center . Amazon Wish List.

But the adoption process, originally scheduled to begin on Friday, July 29, ran into a few hiccups. After receiving feedback from staff and foster families now caring for the dogs, the center decided to delay adoptions until the beagles can receive additional medical and dental care, as well as training. of socialization.

All beagles must be spayed or neutered, and due to the large number of litters from many females, recovery time will take longer than normal. Additionally, all beagles require dental care due to the unhealthy foods they consumed at the breeding facility.

Because dogs were raised in cages with limited human interaction, they are still learning to live with humans in a home. Thus, following their surgeries and dental treatments, they will all be sent back to their host families for further socialization.

When adoptions begin, the process will be tailored to the dogs’ unique sensitivities, as they are unaccustomed to crowds and new experiences. Instead of inundating the dogs with hundreds of people hoping to meet them, potential adopters must request an appointment at and will be assigned a date, based on their compatibility with a rescue beagle.

To ensure a good bond with the dog’s owner, Helen Woodward requires that all potential adopters live within 500 miles of the center, have experience with beagles or other worried dogs, and have a fenced yard. Some dogs will not be placed in homes with children under 12. Particular preference will be given to adoptive families with another gentle dog who can serve as a companion and at least one family member who works from home.

The dogs are among more than 4,000 adult beagles seized in July by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) from Envigo RMS, a breeding center in Cumberland, Va., which sells puppies to experimental labs animal. Although this industry of breeding lab animals is legal, Envigo agreed to give up its dogs after the U.S. Department of Justice sued the company for allegedly committing more than 70 human rights violations. animal protection. HSUS called the seizure the largest operation in its history.