Research beagles reach rescue groups as push to rehome 4,000 dogs begins : NPR

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Sue Bell holds one among greater than a dozen beagles that arrived on the headquarters of animal rescue group Homeward Trails in Fairfax Station, Va., on Thursday, whereas posing for a portrait. The canines had been a small portion of the roughly 4,000 beagles rescued from a analysis facility the place the situations had been discovered to be inhumane.

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Sue Bell holds one among greater than a dozen beagles that arrived on the headquarters of animal rescue group Homeward Trails in Fairfax Station, Va., on Thursday, whereas posing for a portrait. The canines had been a small portion of the roughly 4,000 beagles rescued from a analysis facility the place the situations had been discovered to be inhumane.

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The primary group of the roughly 4,000 beagles within the custody of a analysis facility in Virginia have been dropped at their new, momentary properties.

Greater than a dozen beagles arrived on the facility of the Homeward Trails Animal Rescue in Virginia on Thursday. It was the primary of many deliveries as a whole lot of rescue teams throughout the nation are mobilizing within the coming weeks to rehome the beagles.

Canines discover toys and their environment after they arrived Thursday at animal rescue group Homeward Trails in Fairfax Station, Va.

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Canines discover toys and their environment after they arrived Thursday at animal rescue group Homeward Trails in Fairfax Station, Va.

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Eva Brandan takes a beagle off of a bus after over a dozen beagles arrived at Homeward Trails.

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Eva Brandan takes a beagle off of a bus after over a dozen beagles arrived at Homeward Trails.

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Animal coach Janice du Plessis supervises beagles exploring the outside after the canines’ arrival.

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Animal coach Janice du Plessis supervises beagles exploring the outside after the canines’ arrival.

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The Humane Society of america is spearheading the trouble to switch these canines from their present residence on the Envigo facility in Cumberland, Va., to shelters. The group has only a few weeks to get this executed.

Earlier this yr the Envigo facility, which bred these beagles for pharmaceutical analysis and testing, was discovered to be in violation of a number of federal laws. A federal decide ordered the canines to be launched inside 60 days.

Employees members of Homeward Trails study one the newly arrived beagles.

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Employees members of Homeward Trails study one the newly arrived beagles.

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Annie Esquivel (left) and Kelsey Moncrief put a brief collar on a canine, newly named Neema.

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Annie Esquivel (left) and Kelsey Moncrief put a brief collar on a canine, newly named Neema.

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Animal rescue teams from Wyoming, Massachusetts, Virginia and elsewhere are working collectively to help on this herculean effort.

“Discovering companions who could make house and discover properties for round 4,000 canines in the summertime — a time of yr when animal shelters already are over-capacity — shall be a feat of epic proportions,” Kitty Block, president of The Humane Society of america, wrote on her weblog.

Kindness Ranch, an animal rescue group from Wyoming, additionally trekked out to Virginia this week. The group already has named the primary of the greater than 150 beagles they are going to be rescuing from Envigo: He is Uno.

Annie Esquivel carries a beagle onto the grass at Homeward Trails.

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Annie Esquivel carries a beagle onto the grass at Homeward Trails.

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One of many canines drinks out of a kiddie pool.

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One of many canines drinks out of a kiddie pool.

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Meghan Hobson lowers a canine onto the bottom at Homeward Trails.

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Meghan Hobson lowers a canine onto the bottom at Homeward Trails.

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It can take a while earlier than these canines shall be up for adoption. The Envigo beagles should be evaluated by every of those rescue teams and vetted for any sicknesses or behavioral points earlier than they get to their endlessly properties.

Within the meantime, the canines seem like having fun with their freedom.

Grass! Grass is neat!

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Grass! Grass is neat!

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Canines greet every after arriving.

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Canines greet every after arriving.

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Homeward Trails shared movies of the primary moments of the canines arriving at their facility on social media. The canines excitedly sniffed the bottom, performed with toys, and ran on grass for the primary time.

And on their first full day of freedom the beagles had been handled to a much-needed spa day, the group posted.

“These cuties loved a bubble tub and therapeutic massage adopted by a day of frolicking within the yard, cuddle time in our Peace Out rooms, frozen kongs and funky nap time,” Homeward Trails wrote. “Oh the way it feels nice to be FREE to be a DOG! For canines which have spent their whole lives in a kennel, these cuties are really embracing life and love.”

A beagle sits in a nook of the animal rescue group facility.

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Jessica Powers pets one of many new arrivals.

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Jessica Powers pets one of many new arrivals.

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One of many rescued beagles receives some affection.

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