rescue beagles find refuge with spokane humane society

August 20th Update: The Spokane Humane Society has taken in 24 dogs as part of a nationwide rescue operation to remove and transport over 4,000 Beagles from a facility that bred dogs in terrible conditions for cruel animal testing.

This is a costly undertaking and we urgently need your support to help us cover the costs of transporting, caring for and finding homes for these dogs as quickly as possible.

how you can help

Our beagle applications are now closed.

We know you are excited that the rescue beagles have made it to SHS, we are too! We hope to avoid any disappointments by walk-in inquiries about these beautiful doggos. We are not housing any in our facility at this time. They are in safe foster homes as we continue to evaluate their health, schedule spay & neuters, monitor, and introducing them to human love.
** If you have filled out a beagle adoption form, thank you! We have received quite a few and are now in the approval and drawing stage. We will reach out to each person who is interested between September 9th-September 11th.
Please keep up-to-date with our beagle journey on this web page, and on our social media outlets. If any questions, email is best as we are busy caring for ALL of our animals. And if you have room in your heart and homes, please consider our other rescues that are currently ready for your snuggles, care and attention. Available companion animals here.

photography by Jess Varda | Lucky Wishbone Photography

FAQ

When will they be up for adoption?

We don’t have a definite answer at this time. Our veterinary team need to evaluate their health, spay and neuter, vaccinate and make sure they are strong and of good health before they become ready for their loving futures. We will be sure to keep our community updated, so be sure to follow us on social media and check back here for updates.

Will the beagles be housed at the shelter on Havana?

Because many of the beagles we are able to intake are young, we are placing them with experienced fosters. Puppies who have not yet been vaccinated are more susceptible to contracting illnesses and disease. It is in their best interest to be in the care and home of our fosters. They can be monitored in a safe environment and be given the love and attention they are experiencing for the first time. To serve as a foster home, one must go through an application process, need to meet certain requirements and expectations in providing safe surroundings while SHS provides the rest; medical, food, and supplies.

press release

Spokane Humane Society takes in 24 rescue beagles from the Envigo facility in Cumberland, Virginia
Spokane Humane Society assists in the Humane Society of the United States’ work to find placement for approximately 4,000 beagles

August 20, 2022— Spokane Humane Society brings in 24 beagles to its facility and foster homes in Spokane, WA.

Greater Good Charities’ Good Flights program joins forces with iheartdogs.com and the Humane Society of the United States airlifting more than 100 beagles from Maryland to shelters in Oregon and surrounding areas, including the Spokane Humane Society. The beagles are part of a historic operation spearheaded by the Humane Society of the United States to rehome approximately 4,000 beagles being removed from Envigo, a mass-breeding facility in Cumberland, Va., riddled with animal welfare concerns. While at receiving shelters in Pacific Northwest, all the dogs will be evaluated and receive any follow-up medical care needed before being put up for adoption.

“Upon arrival, these animals will be evaluated by our animal care staff, for a variety of reasons including medical concerns.  Animals with medical concerns, such as needing booster vaccinations, spay/neuter, or ongoing medical care, will be treated by our veterinary medical team. Our team is thrilled to be a part of a nationwide effort to care for these pups who deserve a life to be lived.”

— Dr. Jessie Robinson, DVM, Spokane Humane Society Veterinarian

Considering the young age of incoming beagles, there is not a definitive answer or time when they will be available for adoption at Spokane Humane Society. Their veterinary team and partnering fosters will take the time needed to make sure they are in good health, spayed and neutered, vaccinated, clear of potential infections, and stable before finally meeting their new family. The Spokane Humane Society team does suggest you research and understand the beagle breed and happily commit up to 15 years of love and care when considering adoption.

This flight represents the first transport to help safely rehome the beagles being removed from Envigo. The Humane Society of the United States coordinated the removal of approximately 4,000 beagles housed at an Envigo RMS LLC facility in Cumberland, VA which bred dogs to be sold to laboratories for animal experimentation. The transfer plan was submitted by the Department of Justice and Envigo RMS LLC, with the agreement of the Humane Society of the United States to assume the responsibility of coordinating placement. The transfer is being conducted in stages over 60 days, and the dogs will be up for adoption via Spokane Humane Society and other shelters and rescues.

“We are grateful for our large community of animal lovers and their willingness to step in at a moment’s notice to help animals in need. Now, more than ever, we need your help in placing these poorly treated dogs into loving forever homes. With your help, we can change the path for these animals who experienced inhumane conditions at the hands of our kind. If you can extend love and compassion for these precious creatures, please join us and be a voice for those without.”

— Melissa Williams, Spokane Humane Society Board President

The transfer plan comes as a result of a lawsuit filed against Envigo by the Department of Justice in May, alleging Animal Welfare Act violations at the facility. Repeated federal inspections have resulted in dozens of violations, including findings that some dogs had been “euthanized” without first receiving anesthesia, that dogs had received inadequate veterinary care and insufficient food, and that they were living in unsanitary conditions.

“Our village of volunteers, fosters and team members are the reason to have hope in humanity as they step up to care for these beagles. To be a part of the process of intercepting the transfer of these pups to research labs and pharmaceutical facilities is an honor. We will provide medical care, emotional support, and stability, and find each one a caring and loving home.”

— Kim Reasoner-Morin, Spokane Humane Society Executive Director

Although a costly undertaking, the Spokane Humane Society is grateful for partnering in this beagle rescue mission. The Spokane community always steps up for our animals, and now asks for your help. Donate via www.spokanehumanesociety.org/beagles to help cover transportation, medical and care costs. For more information about the beagles Spokane Humane Society is finding homes for, email kristiS@spokanehumanesociety.org and be sure to visit www.spokanehumanesoceity.org.

Media contact: Kristi Soto, Director of Marketing and Communications | kristiS@spokanehumanesociety.org

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About Spokane Humane Society

Spokane Humane Society is a private non-profit serving the public by providing care, shelter, and placement into loving homes for neglected and unwanted animals in the greater Spokane area through pet adoptions. The vision of the Spokane Humane Society is to enrich the lives of animals and their companions through support, Education, Advocacy, and Love (SEAL). To learn more visit www.spokanehumanesociety.org and follow Facebook, and Instagram.

About Greater Good Charities

Greater Good Charities is a 501(c)(3) global nonprofit organization that works to help people, pets, and the planet by mobilizing in response to need and amplifying the good. Greater Good Charities, with a 100/100 rating on Charity Navigator, has provided more than $400 million in impact, including cash grants, in-kind supplies, and programmatic support, to over 5,000 charitable partners in 121 countries since 2007. To learn more about how Greater Good Charities is amplifying the good across the globe, please visit greatergood.org or follow Facebook and Instagram.

About the Humane Society of the United States
Founded in 1954, the Humane Society of the United States fights the big fights to end suffering for all animals. Together with millions of supporters, we take on puppy mills, factory farms, trophy hunts, animal testing, and other cruel industries. With our affiliates, we rescue and care for tens of thousands of animals every year through our animal rescue team’s work and other hands-on animal care services. We fight all forms of animal cruelty to achieve the vision behind our name: A humane society.

Learn more about our work at humanesociety.org. Subscribe to Kitty Block’s blog, A Humane World. Follow the HSUS Media Relations department on Twitter. Read the award-winning All Animals magazine. Listen to the Humane Voices Podcast.

contact us

Our team here at Spokane Humane Society appreciate your help and following us on this journey as we find these beagle babies loving forever homes. We know you may have questions and how you can get involved. Be sure to check out our FAQ section above. Send us a message and we will be sure to answer you as quickly as possible!

Our village of volunteers and team are the reason to have hope in humanity as they step up to care for these beagles. To be a part of the process of intercepting the transfer of these pups to research labs and pharmaceutical facilities is an honor. We will provide medical care, emotional support, and stability, and find each one a caring and loving home.

Kim Reasoner-Morin

Spokane Humane Society Executive Director
Upon arrival, these animals will be evaluated by our animal care staff, for a variety of reasons including medical concerns.  Animals with medical concerns, such as needing booster vaccinations, spay/neuter, or ongoing medical care, will be treated by our veterinary medical team. Our team is thrilled to be a part of a nationwide effort to care for these pups who deserve a life to be lived.

Dr. Jessie Robinson, DVM

Spokane Humane Society Veterinarian
We are grateful for our large community of animal lovers and their willingness to step in at a moment’s notice to help animals in need. Now, more than ever, we need your help in placing these poorly treated dogs into loving forever homes. With your help, we can change the path for these animals who experienced inhumane conditions at the hands of our kind. If you can extend love and compassion for these precious creatures, please join us and be a voice for those without.

Melissa Williams

Spokane Humane Society Board President