Breaking: Historic transport of approximately 4,000 beagles spared from animal testing

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson

By on July 18, 2022 with 87 Comments

You may have seen in the news that our Animal Rescue Team was approached by the U.S. Department of Justice to remove roughly 4,000 beagles from a breeding facility that supplied laboratories that test on animals. We are honored to have been chosen to lead this historic effort and to coordinate the placement of these dogs with our shelter partners to ultimately find them loving homes.

This removal of the beagles comes as a result of a lawsuit filed by the Department of Justice in May that described shocking violations of the Animal Welfare Act at the breeding facility, owned by a company called Envigo. Government inspectors found that beagles there were being killed instead of receiving veterinary treatment for easily treated conditions; nursing mother beagles were denied food; the food that they did receive contained maggots, mold and feces; and over an eight-week period, 25 beagle puppies died from cold exposure. Other dogs suffered from injuries when they were attacked by other dogs in overcrowded conditions.

Finding partners who can make space and find homes for around 4,000 dogs in the summer—a time of year when animal shelters already are over-capacity—will be a feat of epic proportions. We are ready to take on the challenge and are grateful to our rescue and shelter partners—a network of local rescue groups and shelters in communities throughout the country—whose dedicated efforts will make it possible for these dogs to find loving homes.

While our Animal Rescue Team works to provide immediate relief to these roughly 4,000 dogs, others in our organization are working to prevent suffering for animals through legislative, regulatory and corporate efforts, as well as public education. In that vein, our campaign to end the use of animals in laboratory testing is one of our top priorities. We work with policymakers and those within the biomedical industry to replace inhumane and unreliable animal tests with more innovative, advanced and reliable non-animal methods. 

Our separate undercover investigation at an animal testing laboratory in Indiana owned by Inotiv showed the type of fate that dogs sold to laboratories experience. The results of that investigation, which we released earlier this year, documented animals being force-fed high doses of drugs via tubes or intravenously, sometimes several times a day. Some animals were unable to move because of the drugs’ toxic effects; others died during procedures. The studies conducted at Inotiv were intended to test drug toxicity and were funded by dozens of pharmaceutical companies.

Approximately 90% of drugs ultimately fail in human trials. An estimated half of this is due to unexpected toxicity in humans following animal tests, when no toxicity in other animals was observed. Continued reliance on animal testing discourages innovation, perpetuates animal suffering and can ultimately lead to human suffering due to high drug failure rates.

We will not stop fighting for better approaches in research and testing to address the suffering of hundreds of thousands of animals—including dogs, primates, pigs, mice and rats—who are in laboratories and the breeding facilities that supply them right now, and the millions who suffer every year.

State lawmakers are starting to take action. Thanks to Senators Jennifer Boysko (D), Bill Stanley (R), Delegate Rob Bell (R) and Governor Glenn Youngkin (R), Virginia this year passed sweeping reforms to address the use of dogs bred for and used in research, and legislation is pending in California, Michigan and Massachusetts. This is just the beginning of our state legislative work to ensure that animals in labs no longer suffer.

We are urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and pharmaceutical industry to accelerate changes to ultimately replace outdated animal tests with superior modern technologies. You can add your voice to our calls for action.

Keep up with the latest news about the beagles here

Sara Amundson is president of the Humane Society Legislative Fund.

Animal Rescue and Care, Animal Research and Testing, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative)

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  1. Elyse Belanger Bailey says:

    I would like to adopt one of the beagles.
    How do I sign up?

    Elyse Belanger Bailey

    • Helen Sposato says:

      I would like to adopt 2 males I live in arkansas

      • Blog Editor says:

        Thank you, Helen, for wanting to adopt one of the 4,000 rescued beagles. You can find information about how to adopt one here

        • Lisa says:

          I am interested in adopting a puppy also. I am unable to locate the list of Partners referred to…please help

          • Mary & Graham Shevlin says:

            Angels of Assisi (Virginia)
            Dakin Humane Society (Massachusetts)
            Helen Woodward Animal Center (California)
            Homeward Trails (Virginia)
            Humane Society of Tulsa (Oklahoma)
            Kindness Ranch Animal Sanctuary (Wyoming)
            Loudoun County Animal Services (Virginia)
            Massachusetts SPCA (Massachusetts)
            Northeast Animal Shelter (Massachusetts)
            Priceless Pets (California)
            Richmond Animal Care & Control (Virginia)
            Southeast Kansas Humane Society (Kansas)
            Tri County Animal Shelter (Maryland)
            Triangle Beagle Rescue (North Carolina)
            Wisconsin Humane Society (Wisconsin)

          • Blog Editor says:

            Hi Lisa, thanks you for helping a puppy find a home. You can find our list of partners here

      • Larry Hernandez says:

        Two beagles

      • Sally Brockwell says:

        I want to adopt a beagle puppy

      • Laurie C. says:

        Hi, I am very interested in adopting a female Beagle.

    • Terri Luffey says:

      We would like to adopt one of the beagles.
      My husband and I are retired and can offer a loving family home which every animal deserves. We would like a male.

      How do I sign up ? We live in Louisiana.

      Thank you for the work you do.

    • Joesmoe says:

      Amgen from Thousands oaks TEST on Beagles. When I spoke about animal cruelty. I was fired/band from their property.

    • Tracy says:

      I am interested in adopting a rescued beagle. Thank you, Tracy

    • Randy Burford says:

      I’m randy Burford I live in Clinton Missouri I would love to adopt a female beagle my email

    • Felicia says:
      I would be interested in adopting one of the beagles puppies.. willing to drive to pick up

    • Melanie kinh says:

      This organization is not on my good list. Money is the major cry! Dogs are going to shelters n fosters. Contact local shelters to see if they can get a dog for you.these dogs will not be socialized n take patience.

  2. Alan Alejandro Maldonado Ortiz says:

    Esto no lo podemos permitir más tenemos que hacer algo para salvar a miles de Beagles y acabar con esta crueldad es muy importante terminar con esta inhumanidad y violencia

  3. Carlyn Neild says:


    I was wondering where we could fill out an application to adopt these precious Beagles?❤️

  4. Astrid Fontanes says:

    Hi, I’m interested in adopting a beagle , what I have to do?
    Thank you for all you guys are doing

  5. Maidhilee Kaimal says:

    I am from Savannah, GA trying to find out how to adopt a puppy.
    I have been trying to find out how to adopt a female beagle puppy and I have no luck. I did contact my local Humane Society but they are not taking in any beagles. We all are fond of beagles and this story has inspired all. We pray they have warm homes to go to. I haven’t gotten any answer as how to adopt one. Please help.
    Thank you. 🙏🏽

    • Blog Editor says:

      Thank you, Maidhilee, for wanting to adopt one of the 4,000 rescued beagles. You can find information about how to adopt one here

    • Penny Thorne says:

      We would like to adopt one of the beagles.

    • Kristy Grieco says:


      I live in Roswell, GA. The local Atlanta Humane Society took some of the Beagles. I was at one of the vets I use as a rescue the other day and they had some in the back doing dentals in the surgery area. You might try calling 404-875-5331.

  6. Andrea says:

    I am interested in adopting.

    • Blog Editor says:

      Thank you, Andrea, for wanting to adopt one of the 4,000 rescued beagles. You can find information about how to adopt one here

  7. DONNA ORR says:

    We need to put these companies out of business. And the techs working there should go to jail for animal abuse. Start cleaning up our human gene pool by getting rid of the filthily human trash and save the dogs. No more breeding.

    • Geri McCarthy says:

      Totally agree. We must STOP THESE BREEDING FACILITIES and the torture of government and pharmaceutical TESTING LABS. I give as much as I can to the care of these deserving animals.

  8. Paul S. Brouwer says:

    I would like to adopt a female 6-12 months old. I live in Michigan, have had bedagles befreo, have 1 now who is getting on in years. Her friend passed a couple of years ago. Will not be used for hunting and as a house pet only.

    • Blog Editor says:

      Thank you, Paul, for wanting to adopt one of the 4,000 rescued beagles. You can find information about how to adopt one here

  9. Kaitlyn melendrez says:

    Hello, I would love to adopt one of these sweet beagles.
    how do I sign up?

    • Blog Editor says:

      Thank you, Kaitlyn, for wanting to adopt one of the 4,000 rescued beagles. You can find information about how to adopt one here

      • Alan Alejandro Maldonado Ortiz says:

        Gracias a Dios la gente trate y se logre salvar a miles de animalitos no podemos permitir más abusos y violencia ellos nos necesitan todos los animalitos nos necesitan

  10. Amy Brown says:

    How does my family adopt a beagle?

    • Blog Editor says:

      Thank you, Amy, for wanting to adopt one of the 4,000 rescued beagles. You can find information about how to adopt one here

  11. Roger levesque says:

    I would like to adopt a younger female.

    • Blog Editor says:

      Thank you, Roger, for wanting to adopt one of the 4,000 rescued beagles. You can find information about how to adopt one here

  12. Elizabeth Holmes says:

    I’m looking to adopt a beagle and can’t find any list. Looking from Spokane Washington

    • Blog Editor says:

      Thank you, Elizabeth, for wanting to adopt one of the 4,000 rescued beagles. You can find information about how to adopt one here

  13. Roger says:

    I’ve donated a few hundred. I love beagles. I’d adopt or foster. It is odd though I didn’t see all this when it was found out that the department Fauci ran, using beagles for research, was found allowing mites attack beagles. The scientists doing the experiments removed their vocal cords since the noise bothered the researchers. I didn’t see any big info from you all or the Dept of Justice. Odd

    But I’ll definitely adopt or foster a beagle

  14. Tabitha says:

    First ,Thank you to All of you for this Rescue.
    I have a Senior lab Beagle now (Bentley)is his name.Unfortunately he was tested on but fortunately we have him and he’s living a wonderful life now.

  15. Kristi Simpson says:

    I have three Beagles 8 , 7 , 1 . I would love to even foster. I have a large fenced in yard along with a doggie door to the yard. I will be praying these fur babies find forever homes where they deserve all the love and care! Until then i will make donations to help keep these guys feed . Beagles love their food lol

    Location : PA

  16. Kelly Galbraith says:

    How can i apply to get one of these Beagle puppies?
    I would very much like to adopt one.

  17. Barbara Lincoln says:

    My husband and I would like to adopt 2 young or puppies from the beagle rescue. Can someone let us know how to ho about it? Where and with whom do we need to contact?

  18. Nancy says:

    These are rescue partners who will be getting Beagles, as listed with the HSUS. I live in Virginia and have already sent my application into Homeward Trails. I’m sure that before the dogs are up for adoption they will have to be examined and taken care of medically with shots, spay neuter, dental work if needed.
    Homeward Trails (Virginia)
    Kindness Ranch Animal Sanctuary (Wyoming)
    Massachusetts SPCA (Massachusetts)
    Northeast Animal Shelter (Massachusetts)
    Priceless Pets (California)

  19. Hosie Mattox says:

    My name is Mattox and I would like to adopt one of the beagles you are rescueing.. can you tell me how I can adopt one?

  20. Luian Kaminski says:

    Lucian Kaminski

    I would like to adapt a male and a female.

  21. paula mallon says:

    I’ve been trying my hardest to adopt a lab beagle ever since I found out they use them for experimental. As a kid growing up, I always saw on the news and thought they use mice for laboratory testing. Now finding out that the FDA and the USDA are heartless. I donate $200 a month to 2 different organizations (1 of them is help release beagles from the lab and now I added a third monthly donation (humane society). The problem I’m having trying to adopt those precious beagles is because I live on the east coast. Most of them either are on the west or mid coast. Please try to send some of them to the east coast shelters and email me if you can so I can give them a loving home and normal life they deserve.

  22. Cindy Tindall says:

    I would like to adopt 2 please. Always have fostered and adopted from shelters

  23. Janet Bemose says:

    I would love one of these beagles. please contact me

    • Blog Editor says:

      Thank you, Janet, for wanting to adopt one of the 4,000 rescued beagles. You can find information about how to adopt one here

  24. Tricia says:

    Does the Humane Society need any help with transport of these beagles to various facilities? I am located not far from VA and am willing to drive to most places across the country, if it will help.

  25. Dale Slabosheski says:

    My wife and I have a farm in central WI. and would love to adopt 2 of your beagles. We lost our beagle a few years ago to cancer, she was 13, and now ready to have another. We both have large loving hearts and could not be any more happy to help. Please consider us and over fill us beagle love.

  26. Sheri Long says:

    I am interested in getting information regarding adopting one of the rescued beagles. Preferably a puppy. I live in Colorado Springs, Could someone please reach out to me by email and let me know what my options would be. Thank You. Sheri

  27. Judy Ebenau says:

    My husband and I would love to adopt one of these beagles.

  28. Melissa Ann Wilkerson says:

    I commend those who.want to help by adopting a lab beagle. However, this type of dog is special needs. They are not properly socialized for family members. Most of them have never stepped on grass, climbed stairs, or experienced a normal family home. Taking this beagle in to your home requires a huge amount of patience. These dogs will not be housebroken, beagles are stubborn by nature and difficult to housebreak normally. If you work outside of the house, and the dog will be left alone. Please dont adopt a beagle. These dogs need a person home full time. Beagles are super social animals and stress out left alone. The howl, cry and get depressed. Also, the beagle has a lot of energy, this dog must have 2 walks a day, or a fenced in back yard. The beagle is prone to gain weight easily, they are super food beggers. You must be a firm dog owner and never give them human food. In closing Beagles are great dogs, for the right family. Do your research first. They.are loud, energetic and stubborn. They are also cute, soft, and the best cuddle buddies. Good luck

    • Emily says:

      Thank you for stressing that Beagles are not couch potatoes. If they are allowed to run or play for a few hours, I’m sure they will succumb to the couch.
      Being once a beagle owner living in the city, it was hard to stop him from howling if we went out for groceries. I was a stay at home writer so it was easier for me.
      Please, they are loving creatures, understand they are stubborn but one of the most devoted breeds!

  29. Linda A Gibson says:

    Thinking pretty seriously about a female, HOWEVER, finances extremely tight right now. She would be spoiled to a “t”. Her new, safe, secure, loving home could be in Wichita, KS.

  30. Lourdes McCullough says:

    I will like to adopt a beagle. Please send me the information. Thank you

  31. Brenda says:

    Will you be sending any of these pups to kansas

  32. George Carlile says:

    I am a 100% disabled combat veteran with PTSD and would love to have one of your Beagles. Can you please tell me how I can get on the list.

  33. Debbie Taylor says:

    I work with a rescue in Northern Virginia that would like to help some of these pups. Who do we get in contact with?

  34. Allison says:

    Thank you, HSUS, for leading this effort to rescue these 4000 beagles, the fortunate ones who made it out alive from Envigo’s egregious facility. Please also investigate Marshall BioResources, a heinous factory farm for beagles sold for experimentation located in upstate New York.

    In addition to your efforts to shutdown the pipeline, HSUS is tackling the demand itself, by pushing statewide efforts as well as the FDA Modernization Act, which will once and for all put an end to animal testing done in vain, since it is a dirty secret among the biomedical research community that performance of drugs in animals is a poor predictor of how they will work in humans. Meanwhile, the animals are left to languish, suffer and die. The world is grateful for your rescue work and advocacy on behalf of the voiceless.

  35. Sarah C says:

    I can take one or two. (I was planning on getting rid of my boyfriend anyway.)

    My dog needs a friend.

  36. Marcia J Neal says:

    I would love to adopt but I live in Indiana. Can they be shipped?

  37. Jimmie Busbee says:

    I am very interested in a young male beagle. I have raised three and they are so smart and loveable. 260-744-2996. Fort Wayne,Indiana. I will love to help the cause!

  38. Raul Pacheco says:

    I would like to adopt one of the 4,000 rescued beagles. I live in Texas and I’m wondering if any of them are headed this way.

  39. Jeff Nevoraski says:

    How do you get chance to adopt one of these dogs???

  40. Mary Coy says:

    I would like to adopt one of these beagles. I am in WA state. Thus far the closest recue partner is in CA. Do you have any information about any organizations that will become a rescue partner in WA state? Thank you.

  41. James Buscher says:

    I would love to help and can take two Beagles. My wife and I had 2 beagles for 12-14 yrs until they passed on to heaven. We would love to adopt 2 more. I’m in California, great weather and room to run.
    Please contact me to help adopt a couple of these dogs.
    James –

  42. Alan russell Rohn says:

    I would like to adopt one of the beagles

  43. Kathleen King says:

    Loving, active home for beagle. Would love to adopt one of the beagles you are saving. ❤️

  44. Royal Marty says:

    We’re near Martinsburg, WV. We already have a 4 yr old small beagle, another 4 yr old beagle mix and another mix with hound in her, all females, we’re retired and have plenty of time and room and want another female, any age. Will any of the beagles be near us?

  45. Michelle says:

    I’m interested in adopting one in AZ

  46. Jennifer Chavez says:

    I am interested in adopting a Beagle. I am here in New Mexico.

  47. Sally Brockwell says:

    I would love to adopt a beautiful beagle puppy or more. I have been a constant concerned individual that had been trying to get these places closed down & hope that the people that worked & ran these disgusting places get prosecuted all the way. God Bless all of you for having love in your hearts 💕

  48. Ozzy says:

    I would love to adopt a female beagle. I had 2 and the last beagle pass a way 1½ go I’m ready for new beagle.

  49. Patrick Brumage says:

    My husband and I would like to adopt a male and female beagle that has been rescued. We live in Daphne, Alabama.

    • Patrick Brumage says:

      We would like to adopt a male and female beagle. We live in Daphne, Alabama.

      • Lorri Cavell says:

        We would love to adopt a female. Our house has been without furry paws for too long.

        Thank you so much.

        Lorri and Roy


    I do applaud the tremendous undertaking that the HSUS has taken on but, I am concerned about another issue. Are these beagles going to overloaded shelters and rescues? While I am sure this has been discussed within the HSUS administration, what are you doing to help smaller, no – kill shelters / rescues that could use help in getting their dogs adopted out in order to make room for these new arrivals?
    Thank you.

  51. Diana Acevedo says:

    I would love to adopt a beagle

  52. Gary Anderson says:

    . I would like to adopt a female beagle. I live in East Tennessee.

  53. Daniel R Collins says:

    My wife and I would love adopting a younger female beagle, but we live in Phoenix, Az and it appears that the closest partner are in Chino Valley, California.
    Our previous dog was a beagle that we had for 18 years it’s been over one year since we’ve had a dog and we really want another beagle.
    Any input would be greatly appreciated.

  54. Delisa says:

    I am hoping some will get sent to Oregon or Washington; I’m looking for two beagles. All the facilities on the list are far from here.

  55. Glo B says:

    I would like to adopt two beagle puppies. will any be sent to Houston Texas?

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