Harbor Humane to house beagles released from breeding facility

It’s a story that made national headlines about 4,000 dogs rescued from a facility where numerous animal welfare violations were found.

OTTAWA COUNTY, Michigan – The Harbor Humane Society of Ottawa County will help some of the rescued beagles from a breeding and research facility in Virginia.

It’s a story that made national headlines about 4,000 dogs rescued from a facility where numerous animal welfare violations were found.

Now beagles are being sent to shelters across the country.

Last week we reported that the Humane Society of West Michigan was expecting 25 beagles and we learned that Harbor Humane was receiving 10.

“We really feel compelled to help, no matter what postcode they’re from, these dogs definitely deserve a chance. And, the hope is, you know, to bring them to our shelter or raise awareness for our shelter by general and adoption,” said Jennifer Self-Aulgur, executive director of the Harbor Humane Society.

The staff says a lot of people are interested in these beagles, but it’s important to remember that they won’t be available for adoption right away.

They need time to decompress, learn to be dogs, and trust humans again.

“These dogs, they can’t walk on a leash, they’ve never known the grass, they’ve never really known the outdoors and the freedom. So they tend to be a little shy and a little withdrawn And so, it’s going to take a particular type of person to be able to get them to trust humans,” Self-Aulgur said.

The shelter needs donations from the community in the form of food, toys, treats, blankets and cleaning supplies.

Additionally, they are always looking for foster families so that the shelter can help save more lives.

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