Proposed Bill Mandates Shelters Be Alerted Before Research Dogs Are Euthanized

Reviewed by Dr. Katy Nelson

June 15, 2015

If you haven’t seen those ah-mazing videos of the research Beagles who felt sunlight and walked on grass for the first time in their lives, you have yet to experience a very special kind of happiness and satisfaction.

The Beagle Freedom Project made that happen, and now those “retired” test dogs have the unique chance to find a furever home. This past Friday, the Senate approved a bill mandating that test dogs no longer used in labs be funneled to shelters rather than being euthanized, giving each one a second chance at a happy ending.

beagle adoption

The bill states that labs would need to alert rescues when dogs might be coming their way, though many shelters are already more than willing to make room.


New York State Senator Phil Boyle introduced the bill, which was passed unanimously in the Senate, but others are determined to drop it. Manhattan Assemblywoman Debra Glick, for one, doesn’t agree with the order on the basis that shelters are already overcrowded… If it were up to me, all of these dogs would get the opportunity to find a family no matter the circumstances, but I digress.

Just look at that sweet face!

cute beagle

For all the facts, take a look-see at the News 12 Long Island video report.

h/t to News 12 Long Island

Featured Image via Beagle Freedom Project

Reviewed by Dr. Katy Nelson

June 15, 2015