Beagles rescued from mass breeding

RALEIGH, NC – Dozens of beagles in foster homes across North Carolina are now ready for adoption by Triangle Beagle Rescue. The dogs are among nearly 4,000 beagles that were recently removed from a mass breeding facility in Virginia where they were to be sold to labs for animal testing.

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Nearly 4,000 beagles were recently taken from a mass breeding facility in Virginia

Dozens of these beagles are now ready for adoption by Triangle Beagle Rescue

All dogs are in foster homes where they get familiar with things like toys and leashes

Tinamaria Gnolfo Savarese is the foster family manager for Triangle Beagle Rescue and has been volunteering with the organization since 2009. She and her husband have already adopted several dogs, but they didn’t hesitate to foster one of their own. more at home: Gambit.

Gambit is one of the dogs originating from the Envigo RMS, LLC facility in Cumberland, Virginia, which bred dogs for sale to animal testing labs.

“He’s like, ‘what is this?’ or he gets distracted or he gets used to these different types of food instead of the typical food they got,” Savarese said.

Gambit looks healthy, but he hasn’t been exposed to many things at the facility that have affected his behavior, Savarese said.

“Their hair is all intact. They really don’t have any calluses, but the emotional intelligence isn’t there,” she said.

Gambit learns a lot from Savarese’s other dogs, including how to play with toys.

“It’s really fun to see dogs playing with a toy for the first time when they’ve never been introduced to it,” Savarese said.

Savarese also teaches Gambit how to be comfortable with a leash.

“I think it just freezes him at this point. It freaks him out,” Savarese said. “And why is someone telling me to go this way and why is this thing attracting me this way?”

Gambit received a blue tattoo inside his ear at the facility, and it proves that his past will always be with him.

“It’s the tattoo that’s basically his name. What they do is they have a location, so Cumberland, and then it would usually be a number like the number of dogs in the litter,” said Savarese.

Gambit now has a name and learns that he can trust the people who take care of him because as much as he learns from Savarese, she says we can learn a lot from dogs too.

“They teach me to live. They live in the moment. They are very forgiving and they give unconditional love,” Savarese said.

Courtesy of the Humane Society of the United States

According the Humane Society of the United States, dogs are used to test the safety of drugs, medical devices and pesticides. The Humane Society says the labs reported having almost 44,000 dogs in their possession in 2021, and approximately 900 dogs were used for experiments in North Carolina last year.

To learn more about adopting one of the beagles, visit Triangle Beagle Rescue website.