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Laboratory Test Dogs Find New Loving Homes

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Laboratory Test Dogs Find New Loving Homes

By Lisa Spector, Canine Music Expert, Juilliard Graduate, and co-creator of Through a Dog’s Ear.

Remember Uno – the Beagle that won the Westminster Dog Show in 2008? That was the first time in the then 132 year history of the show that a Beagle won “Best in Show.” And he barked his way up to the podium to accept his award. Subsequently, Beagles became very popular home pets. But, apparently because of their size and sweet, docile nature, they had already been quite popular laboratory testers. But, you wouldn’t have found a single Beagle in a lab with the name Uno and would have only found some that barked. Of the estimated 70,000 Beagles found in labs in the U.S., some have been de-barked in their early puppy weeks, and none of them have names. Instead, they are simply known as a number and are identified as such by the tattoo inside their ear.

When Shannon Keith heard of the huge number of dogs (mostly Beagles) still being used for unnecessary lab testing of household and cosmetic products, she knew she couldn’t sit by and idly watch. She had founded ARME (Animal Rescue Media Education) back in 2004 to eliminate the suffering of all animals. In working with the mission of ARME, a year ago the Beagle Freedom Project was born out of her desire to rescue beagles used in animal experimentation in research laboratories and give them a chance at life in a loving forever home. When speaking to Shannon on the phone, she said, “I knew I opposed animal experimentation before starting the Beagle Freedom Project, I just didn’t yet know how to do it legally.”

Once research laboratories are done with Beagles, they typically are euthanized. Shannon received a call from an undisclosed facility in California earlier this month that agreed to release nine Beagles to her. She got in a van with volunteers and made the six and a half hour trip, in the hopes of freeing the dogs and finding forever homes for them.

Next: Video of the lab Beagles first steps into freedom

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Lisa Spector

Lisa Spector is a concert pianist, Juilliard graduate, and canine music expert. She is co-founder of Through a Dog's Ear, the first music clinically demonstrated to calm the canine nervous system. Their new high-tech pet gadget, iCalmDog, is the portable solution to canine anxiety. Lisa shares her home and her heart with her two "career change" Labrador Retrievers from Guide Dogs for the Blind, Sanchez and Gina. Follow Lisa's blog here.


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9:05AM PDT on Sep 21, 2011

I'm happy these dogs found loving homes ;)

1:56PM PDT on Aug 23, 2011

How sad, I can't believe in this day companies still test on animals. Please don't purchase products from any company that does animal testing

11:19AM PDT on Aug 13, 2011

Animal testing is a disgrace. These poor animals go through much suffering and it's time to end it.
Toni A.

5:00PM PDT on Jul 21, 2011

noted with thanks

10:02PM PDT on Jul 18, 2011

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11:48AM PDT on Jul 11, 2011


11:45AM PDT on Jul 11, 2011


8:06AM PDT on Jul 9, 2011

Poor babies. I'm so glad these few have gotten out and been rescued. Beagles are wonderful dogs, I've had one and will hopefully have more in the years to come. Animal testing needs to stop. It doesn't help us! It just hurts these abused animals who deserve to be loved, not put through painful procedures. There are many instances where products that were deemed safe through animal testing went on to kill humans or, like penicillin, harmed the animals but was a miracle for humans. I didn't know about that app, downloading it right now!

4:17AM PDT on Jul 8, 2011

I really don't see the point of animal testing. It's stupid, and dogs are living animals. They must go through so much pain in their lives, and not really know what's going on half of the time.

3:34PM PDT on Jul 6, 2011

It is so frustrating that this testing on animals is still going on. I don't understand how any decent human could think this is ok, because it is not. One thing (as the artical states) is to stop using products that test on animals. Also write to companies whose products you use letting them know if they continue to animal test you won't purchase their products.

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