Oregon Humane Society is preparing to receive 60 to 80 beagles from a historic operation to remove approximately 4,000 from a mass-breeding facility that sold the dogs to laboratories. The dogs will be coming to Oregon via OHS’ Second Chance program.
The Humane Society of the United States is leading the effort and reached out to OHS to help. OHS’ Second Chance program has collaborated with HSUS in the past to receive pets from shelters affected by natural disasters.
This transfer plan is happening because of a Department of Justice lawsuit against the breeding facility, Envigo, over alleged Animal Welfare Act violations at the facility. HSUS was given 60 days to move all the beagles out and they are a little more than halfway there. Greater Good Charities’ Good Flights program is coordinating the flight to Oregon.
“Moving this many dogs is an ‘all hands on deck’ moment in animal welfare,” says Brian August, OHS Chief Operating Officer. “As one Oregon Humane Society with two campuses, in Portland and Salem, we can help even more dogs from this case.”
Approximately 20 of the beagles will be transported to OHS’ Salem Campus with the remaining dogs coming to the Portland campus.
The dogs will begin to be available for adoption at OHS’ Portland and Salem campus beginning approximately Aug. 23. There is no adoption wait list for these dogs. Updates and available dogs will be posted on our website – www.oregonhumane.org/beagles
Source: Oregon Humane Society