In November 2011, Animal Rescue Media Education (ARME) completed its largest rescue mission to date by removing 72 dogs from an animal testing lab in Spain.
Although 32 of the rescued dogs were immediately adopted in Europe, there were still 40 beagles that needed new homes. These dogs had been raised in cages their entire lives, never knowing what freedom was. The beagles were sent to Los Angeles to be freed from captivity by the Beagle Freedom Project before being put up for adoption.
ARME’s Beagle Freedom Project spokesman Gary Smith said:
“We’ve been told they lived one per cage in rooms of 10 beagles, but they never had any physical interaction with one another. They’ve been in kennels since they were rescued about a week ago, but aside from that, they’ve spent most of their lives locked up.” [source]
For pharmaceutical, household and cosmetic products, Beagles are the preferred choice because of their friendly and trusting personalities. They can adapt to life in a cage easily and are inexpensive to feed, according to the Beagle Freedom Project’s website. When the beagles are not needed for research any longer, some labs will reach out to organizations such as ARME to find homes for the dogs.
Earlier that year in June, Beagle Freedom Project gave nine beagles their first steps out of their cages. This is one emotional video!