Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation (LDCRF) has welcomed 56 beagles to its rescue care center in Falls Church, from a mass breeding facility riddled with animal welfare issues. This effort is the result of the massive undertaking by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) to coordinate the removal of approximately 4,000 beagles housed at Envigo RMS LLC facilities in Cumberland, Va., which have bred dogs for sale to laboratories. animal experimentation.
In May, the Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against Envigo RMS LLC alleging animal welfare law violations at the facility. Repeated federal inspections resulted in dozens of violations, including findings that some dogs had been “euthanized” without being anesthetized, had received inadequate veterinary care and insufficient nutrition, and were living in unsanitary conditions.
“It takes a vast network of compassionate and expert shelters and rescues to make an operation of this magnitude possible,” said Lindsay Hamrick, director of shelter outreach and engagement for the Humane Society of the United States. “We are deeply grateful to every organization that comes together to find these dogs the loving homes they so deserve.”
LDCRF is honored to partner with HSUS. Volunteers picked up the first transfer of dogs on August 5, and the rescue is now working to meet the beagles’ significant medical and care needs. LDCRF has expressly accepted to receive cases requiring important care such as nursing dogs and their puppies, as well as elderly dogs. Once observed and determined eligible, beagles will be available for adoption.
A page dedicated to the needs and care of beagles can be found on the rescue’s website at https://bit.ly/3SDIbXg. People can get involved in many ways, including donating for care and supplies, contributing from various wish lists, volunteering at the Rescue Care Center, adopting, and more.
“We are working hard to provide all the necessary support for beagles. We look forward to showing these dogs lots of love and care – warm beds, medical care and forever families. We also recognize that the crisis our shelters are already facing is not going to stop. Therefore, we really need the support of our community, sponsors and volunteers to sustain our work and ensure we can continue to fulfill our mission,” said Dawn Wallace, Executive Director of Lost Dog & Cat Rescue. Foundation.
This rescue effort comes at a time when all shelters are experiencing capacity crises. The organization depends on help from the community to help homeless pets find their way into loving homes through rescue and adoption. LDCRF has rescued over 40,000 dogs and cats since its inception in 2001.