For chemical testing on animals Beagles are a popular breed. They are docile, trusting, smart and they adapt well to life in confinement. Everything from cosmetics to medicine are tested on them. When testing is through, these animals were often put down, until several years ago. In 2007 the Beagle Freedom Project (BFP) was founded. This organization is dedicated to the liberation of our canine friends. The rescued Beagles now get a chance to be adopted out to suitable homes after testing, but not without challenges.
The dogs usually come from breeders that specifically work to sell their dogs to laboratories and universities. The go strait from breeders to captivity, so they have not experienced life outside a lab. Grass, sunlight, and affection are all unknown and often frightening things. Life outside a lab is a maze to navigate. They are often debarked and have phobias from years of confinement. They may also have damaged paws from their uncomfortable stay in wire cages. If you choose to adopt one of these adorable dogs their medical history will not be shared nor will you know what was tested on them. Despite the obstacles you may face these dogs still need a home and a patient and loving guardian to help them transition into regular life.
“With time, patience, play, companionship, love – and most of all, freedom – these dogs will learn how to become dogs, and their transformation will be amazing.” – (http://www.beaglefreedomproject.org/about)