What is the Beagle Freedom Project?
Beagle Freedom Project (BFP) is a non-profit organization aimed at providing freedom + families to animals rescued from conditions of caged cruelty.
BFP specializes in the rescue, rehabilitation, and re-homing of animals in special need. We focus on the survivors of laboratory experiments, the Asian dog meat trade, puppy mills, those exploited in entertainment like “racing” greyhounds, and unique international cases of abuse and neglect.
BFP is not just a “rescue organization,” it also runs a robust advocacy agenda that calls for reforming and ending these abusive institutions. The emotionally powerful rescue stories serve as a vehicle to prompt a public conversation about these conditions of animal cruelty and what we can do to create a positive change.
What kinds of animals does BFP rescue?
All kinds from big and small! Beagles rescued from laboratory experiments make up the majority of the animals rescued, as BFP and its predecessor Beagle Freedom Project, is the global leader in the rescue of animals from research.
BFP has also had the privilege cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, goats, horses, ferrets, mice, rats, and even goldfish from laboratories in 36 states and 8 countries.
BFP has taken in scores of dogs from the Chinese meat trade, special cases of depraved abuse in countries like Iran and Lebanon,
and as well as senior dogs and cats languishing in the US shelter system.
Where do these animals come from and how do the rescues work?
Through investigations, global rescue partnerships, liaisons in law enforcement, and professional contacts in the animal testing industry BFP is able to identify survivors for rescue and rehabilitation.
If you work in a laboratory or any other condition where animals are cruelly caged, please do not hesitate to contact our anonymous whistleblower line. We want to help!
Is ARME (Animal, Rescue, Media, and Education) the same organization as Beagle Freedom Project?
Yes! Beagle Freedom Project started as a mission of ARME (Animal, Rescue, Media, and Education), but in just a few short years quickly grew into a global rescue phenomenon. To accommodate the number of beagles and other animals from laboratories, as well as the survivors from other special conditions of caged cruelty, the charity renamed itself as the Beagle Freedom Project.
If you are a beagle lover, don’t fret. Rescuing beagles from laboratories will be our primary focus until all the cages are permanently empty.
Why are beagles the breed of choice for laboratory experiments?
Beagles are sadly the breed of choice for the same reasons they make great family companions. Beagles are docile, people pleasing, and very forgiving. They are easy to “maintain” in cages and do not have a tendency to bite when being hurt.
What can fosters and adopters expect from a rescued animal from a lab or other condition of caged cruelty?
Every animal is different, but some of the universal traits of a newly released survivor is that they behave like puppies in full grown bodies. They are not house-trained, leash-trained, understand word commands, do not have a name, and are completely unfamiliar with toys, furniture, and being outside at all. Every foster is given an exhaustive tip-sheet and given 24 hour support in helping the new dog acclimate to this better life.
What can I do to help?
A lot! For starters, make sure you are a living a cruelty-free lifestyle and do not support any company that still chooses to test on animals. The Cruelty Cutter smartphone app makes this so easy. You simply scan the barcode on any cosmetic, bath and beauty, household cleaner and it will instantly tell you if that product is tested on animals or not.
You can sign up to foster and adopt an animal in need. Homes are needed in just about every part of the country and rescues often happen on 48 hours notice, meaning BFP needs a healthy list of supporters ready and willing to open their homes and their hearts.
You can also support our advocacy programs. The Beagle Freedom Bill is our signature piece of legislation that mandates all healthy dog and cat survivors of research experiments must be placed up for public adoption. It has already passed in six states (California, Nevada, Minnesota, Illinois, New York, and Connecticut) and is pending in a dozen more.
Simply socially sharing the stories of the survivors amongst your network of friends and family is an important way to spread the word.
Finally, the Beagle Freedom Project is a 501(c)3 not for profit organization. This effort to help animals can only exist with public financial support. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation today.