“You can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals” – Leo Kant
Many dogs spend their lives as service dogs and receive the highest accolades. Beagles are used as Search and Sniff dogs for U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, as members of the Beagle Brigade to sniff out illegal produce for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and even as Bed Bug Sniffing dogs! Everyone we know thinks that it’s amazing. But did you know that just as many dogs are service dogs that don’t get the recognition they deserve? Those dogs are life savers, too…but their jobs are not in the forefront of the public eye. Why? Because they are dogs that provide their service behind closed doors – to the biomedical research community.
Lab To Leash benefits the dogs who have spent their lives helping us to make medical progress through their “work”. When it’s time for them to retire, we get a request to help these very special retirees find their new and forever homes. After beginning this work in 2005, and establishing a respectable program as the Laboratory Beagle Adoption Division of Cascade Beagle Rescue-East, we now continue our relationships with nearly 20 (and counting) research facilities as the Lab to Leash Division! We are the ONLY group that has a history of positive, collaborative relationships with EVERY research facility since we started in 2005, and have repeated releases from the same facilities. There are many groups popping up trying to emulate what we do, and claim that they do what we do, but please do your research and make sure the group has the experience, knowledge, reputation and proven trustworthiness that your dogs deserve. Not all groups are as honest as we are and we have sadly seen the unfortunate, unintended repercussions of releasing to other groups that care more about an agenda than truly helping dogs.
We designed our program to educate the public about laboratory research dogs as pets (both Directors of BRL have multiple “laboratory retirees” as pets) and we strive to bring our adopters some very special beagles when it comes to those dogs who so deserve a second chance at life.
Please check out the article entitled “Adoption Can be an Option for Animals after their Use in Research” by the Animal Welfare Institute’s AWI Quarterly to learn more about life after research!
Please use the “Donate” button to the left to make a tax deductible donation to the Lab to Leash Division and to help make this program a success!
Please see our F.A.Q page here to learn more about these dynamic dogs who enrich our lives by being uniquely special.