Some beagles headed from a breeding facility to a Richmond shelter

RICHMOND, VA – Officials with Richmond Animal Care and Control (RACC) said they will be one of the shelters helping the Humane Society of the United States find forever homes for some of those 4,000 beagles removed from the Envigo Breeding Research Facility in County Cumberland.

“We can’t share who/what/when now but suffice it to say we will be moving many, many, many beagles and we will need your help!” Red Crescent Coordination Center officials posted on the shelter’s Facebook page on Saturday morning.

Shelter workers said they first need volunteers to be the custodial families of the puppies.

“If you can open your heart and home to a needy beagle (specifically mother and litter), please email [email protected] today,” the officials wrote.

Additionally, officials have urged anyone considering adopting a pet to do so now to disinfect the shelter.

“Once you agree to share more details, we will – until then – thank you for supporting RACC!” Officials wrote.

This news comes after the first group of beagles was removed from the Envigo breeding facility in Cumberland County on Thursday. That group of more than 430 dogs was just the first step in trying to find homes for more than 4,000 dogs who had been excused from being sold to labs for animal testing.

“Despite the long day, the puppies got up and immediately started going around their kennels and playing as soon as they settled in,” said Jessica Johnson, Senior Animal Rescue Team Manager for the Humane Society of the United States. “For these floppy pups, we hope the tattoo on their ear is the only reminder of their past.”

Homeward Trails, Priceless Pets, Helen Woodward Animal Center and Kindness Ranch Animal Sanctuary picked up a group of 432 dogs on Thursday.

“It takes a huge network of compassionate, expert shelters and rescue groups to make an operation of this scale possible,” said Lindsay Hamrick, director of shelter communication and engagement at the Humane Society of the United States. “We are so grateful to every organization that comes forward to find these loving home dogs that they deserve.”

The transfer of the dogs comes after a lawsuit was filed against the Invigo facility by the Department of Justice in May, which alleged violations of animal welfare law at the facility.

The Beagles have been removed from the Envigo RMS LLC facility in Cumberland, Virginia.

The Humane Society of the United States

The Humane Society of the United States and several shelter/rescue partners removed the first 432 of 4,000 Beagles from the Envigo RMS LLC facility in Cumberland, Virginia, on Thursday, July 21, 2022.

Government inspectors found a number of violations, including killing beagles instead of receiving veterinary treatment, nursing mother beagles were denied food and food given to dogs was contaminated.

They also discovered that 25 pups died from exposure to cold.

“This is a truly historic moment in animal protection, as 4,000 Beagles have survived animal testing. We are honored that the Department of Justice asked us to lead this massive operation,” said Kitty Block, President and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, said.

Those interested in adopting a beagle can view the list of HSUS partners that accept beagles in their adoption program here.

The Beagles have been removed from the Envigo RMS LLC facility in Cumberland, Virginia.

The Humane Society of the United States

The Humane Society of the United States and several shelter/rescue partners removed the first 432 of 4,000 Beagles from the Envigo RMS LLC facility in Cumberland, Virginia, on Thursday, July 21, 2022.

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