Dear Friend of the Norfolk SPCA,
Monday, our team traveled to Richmond to assist with the transfer of 12 Beagles from a group of 33 removed from a research breeding facility in Virginia. This group of Beagles is part of a much larger initiative to save nearly 400 dogs - giving them the opportunity to experience the life every companion animal deserves with a loving family and compassionate home.
When we received the call to help with the Beagles, our Adoption Center was at capacity filled with wonderful pets waiting for their special adoption day. Because our shelter and clinic facilities are small we have learned to be adaptable and use all of the resources we have available. The Norfolk SPCA’s ability to join this collaborative rescue effort is unique, for without our Veterinary Clinics and medical HOPE Fund, we would have been able to provide help. Turning our backs on these Beagles’ tragic lives was just not an option.
In the US, approximately 60,000 dogs are held in laboratories each year. Of the dogs that are used for breeding and research, a large majority of them are Beagles. Change is necessary and we are here to do our part no matter how long or arduous of a process is to improving animal welfare legislation that protects the innocent. Click the link below to learn more about what our state is doing to protect dogs like these beagles.