It’s hard not to love beagles. These pooches are cute, friendly, and trusting towards everyone they meet – a characteristic that, all too often, leads to them being exploited in research laboratories. However, these sweet little dogs can be quite a force to be reckoned with! Because of their formidable sense of smell, they are frequently used by security forces around the world to sniff out contraband substances, foods, and weapons at international airports. And so, in honor of these loveable animals, we have compiled a list of ten beagle rescue groups across the U.S. that cater to the needs of these amazing dogs.
1. Tampa Bay Beagle Rescue
This Florida-based rescue center specializes in the rescue, rehabilitation, and re-homing of abused or neglected beagle and beagle mix dogs, as well as educating members of the Tampa Bay community “on the behavior and special qualities of the Beagle breed.” Some of their residents include Noah II, “a super sweetheart of a Beagle boy,” and Rambo, who “has those pleading brown eyes and big ears we all love.”
If you live in the Tampa Bay area, and are willing to open your heart and your home to some of TBBR’s beautiful pooches for a while, why not consider becoming a foster parent? Some dogs need a home for just a few days, while others may need to stay in a foster home for a month or longer. Most fostered beagles are adopted from their foster parent’s home and taken to their forever home within three months.
You could also become a transport volunteer, or offer a financial donation. All information is available here.
2. Arizona Beagle Rescue
3. NorCal Beagle Rescue
4. Beagle Freedom Project
This fantastic organization is based in Los Angeles, Calif., but operates nationwide. The BFP has devoted itself to rehoming beagles who have been used in animal experimentation facilities. They have strong words of advice for anyone who is interested in fostering or adopting a former lab beagle:
They will not be accustomed to life in a home and will not have experience with children, cats, or other dogs. … They may be fearful of people initially and may have phobias from a lifetime in confinement or from being restrained. They are likely to have been surgically de-barked by the breeder and have an ID number tattooed in their ear. Please also be aware that although these beagles are considered healthy, you will be given very little information about the beagle’s medical history, and you will not be told its origins or what kind of testing they may have been used for.
Adopting a lab beagle can be a challenging experience, but if you are still interested in opening your heart and your home to one of them, you can find out how to adopt or foster with the BFP using this link. Alternatively, you can visit their online shop, or register your interest in volunteering here.
5. Beagle Rescue League, Inc.
6. SOS Beagles
This group operates in New Jersey, Tennessee, and Alabama, but does not have one central public facility or shelter. Instead, all of the beagles they care for are in foster care or with their new owners. SOS Beagles caters for these dogs by providing veterinary care, behavioral evaluation, socialization, and appropriate training.
You can help them with their work by fostering or adopting one of their beagles, donating money or supplies, or sponsoring a specific dog.
7. Seattle Beagle Rescue
8. Basset & Beagle Rescue of the Heartland
In their own words, BBRH “is an all volunteer organization devoted to the rescue and rehoming of bassets and beagles in Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri and Iowa.” Some of their adoptable dogs in need of a loving forever home include Leonard, an “energetic” young male currently being fostered in St. Joseph, Missouri, and Abby, an adult female who is also known as “Crabby Abby” because she “definitely likes things her way and is vocal about letting her opinion be known!”
Want to help BBRH? Suggested donation amounts range from $15 to provide one of their beagles with a heartworm test to $100 for a full course of vaccinations. Alternatively, you can choose to give an amount of your choice. Find out more about fostering via this link, and adopting via this one.
9. Dallas/Fort Worth Beagle Buddies
10. Midwest Beagle Rescue, Education & Welfare