“I believe there are angels among us, sent down to us from somewhere up above. They come to you and me in our darkest hours, to show us how to live, teach us how to give and guide us with the light of love” ~author anon
This page is dedicated to those broken souls who have lost their wings but have not forgotten how to fly. Each of these dogs was transferred to us from another rescue, but sadly without even a dime of their accompanying sponsorships and/or any financial support. They were all long-term, special needs dogs, and Beagle Rescue League has been committed to them from the start. With time, perseverance and love we believe they will find their forever homes. Until then, these are the beloved dogs who have found, within Beagle Rescue League, a Guardian Angel to watch over them….
Cammie came to us in 2007 at the age of 1 year when we were with another rescue. She was brought in by her owners to their veterinary practice in Warren County, NJ for boarding while the family vacationed in Florida. However, when the office manager tried to call her family she found they had relocated and left little Cammie behind, abandoned. To add insult to injury, Cammie had behavior issues that were not disclosed to us when we pulled her into rescue to help her. By all accounts, Cameron would have been classified as a special needs dog. She was fearful, anxious, and could not tolerate being handled. We had to make the difficult decision of euthanizing her or putting her in a very experienced foster home. We chose the latter, along with some help from the University of Pennsylvania Behavior Clinic.
Fast forward years later and today we have a very different dog, all for the love of her foster mom. Cammie is an ambassadog for BRL and has been living with any number of other dogs that come in to temporarily share her foster home. Cammie can now attend public events with other dogs. Cammie has learned many basic skill commands and is on her way to becoming a dog that is a pleasure to be around. Cammie still requires a very patient and gentle hand. She may never totally be over her anxieties but she is light years from where she started off not so very long ago.
We don’t know when (or if) Cammie will ever find a home to call her own. We’ve had many inquiries over the years but none were quite right for this unique little dog but. Cameron lives with her guardian angel under the Beagle Rescue League umbrella.
“Angels may not come when you call them, but they’ll always be there when you need them.” ~Author Unknown
Bred for research, Geoffrey was retired from laboratory research in 2008 when he was just 2 years old due to issues with his kidneys. He was born with a condition which did not even allow him to be used in the research studies. The laboratory contacted us since the only option for Geoffrey was euthanasia – OR the Lab to Leash Division of Beagle Rescue League. What Geoffrey has is called glomerulonephritis (GN), an insufficiency of kidney function which causes him to lose protein (proteinuria) through his urine. There are dogs that can live many years with “GN” with basic support, but his condition is life long. Currently on ACE inhibitors (Enalapril), and an otherwise holistic approach, Geoffrey routinely has blood work done to monitor any changes to his condition.
Beagle Rescue League has invested quite a bit of time, effort and of course financial resources to make sure that Geoffrey receives the optimal health care as any disease involving the kidneys has to be very closely monitored. Geoffrey doesn’t seem to know that he is a very special dog, but we do and we’re happy to have him as a permanent Beagle Rescue League “guest”.
Geoffrey is ADORABLE, and just loves to cuddle and while initially afraid of just about everything – including his own shadow and reflection in a mirror, he has come a long way since he was brought into rescue. We can’t call him unadoptable but we have never found a home suitable for little Geoffrey and right now, he is happy just sharing his life and home with his foster siblings in the arms of a Director of Beagle Rescue League.
“Angels descending, bring from above, Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.” ~Fanny J. Crosby
We can say so much about Savannah! She is one of the rare dogs that was an actual service dog in a surgical kidney transplant procedure and today has just one kidney (her own!). Retired from a biomedical research facility at the age of 1 year in 2008, Savannah is one of the shyest and sweetest dogs you’ll ever meet. She LOVES other dogs and loves to play and romp in the yard. Not a fan of handling at first, Savannah brought to us a new challenge – to have a dog with severe fear issues learn to trust another person enough to allow them to interact with her on a new level. Each time her foster mom approached Savannah, she would bolt. Strange sounds, strange sights – so many small everyday things caused her great distress. With an astronomical amount of patience, proper handling skills and a gentle touch, Savannah gives her “guardian angel” kisses all the time, and is as typical a dog now as you would ever find.
In new environments and with new people, though, Savannah would revert to her old behaviors and fears. For this reason we believe Savannah will forever remain an alumni of Beagle Rescue League. She is a very beautiful dog who has over the years, met several prospective adopters but when they had the chance to adopt Savannah they realized they were not going to be able to give her the love and attention she so desperately needs. We know that she is in her proper place (with one of Beagle Rescue Leagues Directors) and it is the place that Savannah now knows as “home”.
A message from the Directors of Beagle Rescue League:
The dogs within this page are not bad dogs, incapable of being rehabilitated or dogs that pose any type of safety hazard to the public. On the contrary, these dogs simply have needs that other dogs we have met do not. Some of their issues are medical, some behavioral. It does not mean that they should be euthanized or given up on. Instead, we consider them members of our family. If we had a sanctuary, they would reside within those walls for the remainder of their lives. Because we don’t have that luxury, these very unique dogs will simply live their lives with their guardian angels. Given their lifelong special needs, and the loss of the funds previously raised for them through another rescue, they could certainly use your support.
Please consider contributing towards the veterinary care, food, and other essentials for these long term BRL alumni!