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Virginia Beagle Rescue


Homeward-Bound Beagles
Saturday, August 27th

We had an overwhelming response to our beagle efforts!

Twenty one beagles were placed in our care from HSUS and we received 692 applications!  Wow!

We surveyed applicants in order that applications were received and found loving homes for all twenty one beagles.

With 692 applicants, you could help clear our shelter.  Please consider adopting a deserving animal still in our care. 


Adoption fees are waived until the end of August, but if you filled out a beagle adoption application and still want to adopt a shelter animal, email us at and we will waive your adoption fee even if your appointment isn't until September!

Beagles on board
Thursday, August 4th

Staff are en route with beagles in tow! We have 21 total on the van and expect the team to land this evening.

We can wait to meet them. 


Stay tuned to see them on the local news! Read up on how you can help below.

When the rescue meets the road
Wednesday, August 3rd

Staff have hit the road! The beagles are scheduled to arrive in Chattanooga as early as August 4th. We are so excited to show them all the love they deserve when they land.


Follow Chasity and Cheyenne Thursday, August 4th on our Facebook Page and Sunny 92.3 as our staff on the road report back on the Long Journey Home!


Keep an eye out on the local evening news -- we will be linking new stories as they are published online.


The beagles are coming!
Tuesday, August 2nd


The moment we've all been waiting for is so close! We anticipate getting a call THIS WEEK to pick up our beagles.


This page has newly updated information for folks interested in adopting -- check out the "Adopt" section.




Please fill out the contact form if you have any questions and the beagle adoption application if you want to adopt.


We have VERY limited staffing to answer calls and receive hundreds of calls a day, including emergency calls.

Thank you for your patience.

text HES to 89871 to give



In an unprecedented rescue operation, 4,000 beagles were ordered by a federal judge to be rescued from a breeding and testing facility in Virginia. Beagles are used in animal testing because they fit into very small cages and are docile for handling. The animal rescue team at Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is currently taking custody of the beagles in collaboration with other nearby animal welfare groups.


CNN: 4,000 beagles to be rescued from a Virginia breeding facility


NPR: Animal groups band together across the US to save 4,000 beagles



Like you, our hearts are shattered reading about the sheer scale of cruelty inflicted on thousands of beagles.

Staff are traveling to Virginia to pick up 20+ beagles that will receive any necessary rehabilitation and be available for adoption. We will help as our capacity for care allows!


Our rescue, transport, and special needs work is 100% donation-funded. 

The shelter’s rescue efforts for these beagles, as well as lifesaving work for other special needs animals such as medical treatment, behavioral rehab, extended rehabilitation stays, is 100% donation funded. We absolutely need resources to care for these dogs and so many more animals.


We need you now more than ever! We have extremely limited staffing and rely on our amazing volunteers to help with the work that goes into saving lives. Time is a gift like no other to animals who can't help themselves into better lives.

text HES to 89871 to give


Fosters open their hearts and homes to animals in need.

A foster home is almost always a better environment than the shelter for any animal. Most of all, animals who need medical or behavior special care, or animals that are very scared in the shelter benefit from a foster. 


Help us spread awareness for animals in need.

Get the latest news and updates and - of course - plenty of cute animal content to enjoy daily.


Local shelter pets may not be grabbing national headlines, but they deserve love and happiness, too.

If you aren't one of the lucky 20 applications to get a beagle, consider a shelter dog.

Some animals have been in the shelter for over 6 months. That's a long time to spend waiting for someone to choose you! 


Applications are now being accepted!


Please note:

  • You MUST fill out the Beagle Adoption Application in order to adopt one of these dogs, not the application on our main page

  • If you submitted an application on our main page already, you will still be asked to fill out the Beagle Adoption Application.

  • We expect to begin placing beagles with adopters by the third week of August 2022.

  • Please be patient as we have limited staff to respond to a large volume of requests. 

  • Applications are NOT holds, and no holds will be placed based on application submission.

Please consider:

  • We will not have specific information - age, sex, medical status, special needs, personalities, etc -  until we pick up the dogs and assess them.

  • The number of adoption inquiries outnumber the beagles HES is taking. We do not have a beagle for every person that wants one.

  • Sometimes, dogs that have been kept in small cages and neglected have special behavior and medical needs.

  • Please fill out the contact form instead of calling due to short staffing and high call volume.

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Learn more about beagles and their role in laboratory testing:


Bred to Suffer, The Intercept:


Hammy the Superdog, Washington Post


Hope for thousands of beagles used in laboratory experiments, Beagle Freedom Project


Choose products that are certified cruelty free when you shop


Meet the companies that put animals first, Beagle Freedom Project


Look for the Leaping Bunny on certified cruelty free products, browse their list of brands to find products

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