Taking Those First Steps of Freedom
Today will be the kickoff of a new Monday series that will be covering animal rescue. It may be an animal rescue group or an actual rescue that has taken place, or perhaps, as in the case of today, both.
For the start of this new series, I decided to cover a rescue group whose video I saw one day last month while I was browsing on Stumbleupon and had me in tears by the end of segment. The video that is at the end of this post is the same one that I saw that captured my heart and made me grateful to the men and women of this organization who work so hard to give these dogs a fresh start.
This video is of the very first rescue that they were able to do, and the transformation of the dogs once they are free is amazing and heartbreaking at the same time.
The Beagle Freedom Project was founded in 2010 in order to give a new chance at happiness to beagles that are used in laboratory research. Chosen for testing because of their friendly natures and forgiving temperaments, their ability to adapt to life in a cage, and the low cost of feed, this breed is often the most commonly used breed of dog for testing.
Testing that is done on beagles in university and other research facilities settings include medical and pharmaceutical research, household products and cosmetics. Once they have surpassed their use for research, some labs attempt to find homes for the dogs that are healthy enough to be adopted.
The Beagle Freedom Project works with labs like these and is able to remove and transport these dogs in order to place them into what will hopefully be their forever homes. All rescues are done legally with the cooperation of the facility. They hope to encourage more labs to release dogs for adoption rather than destroying them once they have outlived their research purposes.
This group is made up of some truly wonderful individuals and I hope that you all are able to drop by their website, http://www.beaglefreedomproject.org and show them your support and appreciation for all of the hard work that they do in order to rescue these poor souls and give them a new chance at a happy, cage free life.
This is the first video I saw of this group’s work and to see the fear and hope that is in each dog’s eyes as they look out of an open kennel door brings tears to my eyes each time I see it. To imagine that they have never stepped foot on grass or gotten petted and loved is heartbreaking. They are so uncertain about those first few steps and you can see that inner war in their minds.
Then, like a dam breaking, they emerge and before you know it, they’re running in the open air that had been kept from them for so long. To see that these dogs have a chance to go on to a life with families who are happy to take them into their hearts despite all of the pain that they have had to endure and all of the uncertainties, is truly wonderful.
Thank you all for taking the time to drop by and take part in my Monday Rescues series! I hope that you enjoyed it and that you will help be a voice for groups like this. Remember to click on over to the sidebar and do your FreeKibble questions of the day to help feed some hungry shelter pets!