I am sure many of you are aware of the large-scale placement underway for the 4,000 beagles from a Virginia testing facility. My team has brought to my attention that some shelters taking in beagles from this massive case are facing bullying for accepting this unfathomable task. Therefore, I feel compelled to speak up for the shelters.
It is essential to understand that 4,000 pets needing placement is a nationwide disaster in animal welfare. When a hurricane strikes or massive floods devastate a region, shelters from all over the country step up to take pets from the disaster zone. Shelters support their peers and work to save pets. The 4,000 beagles are no different. These souls have lived a terrible life in confinement and are now free. We must support the shelters that are making room to help.
However, the timing of this case could not be worse. Shelters are experiencing drastically increased intake for various reasons including the housing and rental crisis, as well as struggling with staff and veterinary services. Let’s face it, our nation’s shelters are fatigued beyond measure. Despite all of these challenges, shelters are finding ways to help these sweet beagles on their journey to loving homes.
If you still feel like you need to be angry because your community is struggling with an abundance of homeless pets and now beagles are in the equation, consider these facts:
Please join BISSELL Pet Foundation in supporting our shelters, the beagles, and the enormous effort by so many. Do not allow bullying of animal shelters in your social newsfeed, taking away their platform. Show compassion for fellow shelters and rescues during this enormous time of need.
I had many beagles when I was growing up. These are wonderful family pets who are gentle and love to communicate. If you are looking for a dog that is curious, intelligent and enjoys exercising, please consider a beagle.
Thank you to each and every organization that took in beagles. What an incredible effort to save lives!
Until every pet has a home,