Lab research dogs see the sun & grass for first time.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Nov 29, 2011
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Gary Smith & Friends rescue laboratory beagles. Heartwarming video.

Just ran across this on a big blog, Daily What.

Gary himself blogged about this months ago, but it’s worth watching again and it seems many of the dogs still need loving homes. Luckily, this video seems to be going viral.

Our second rescue from beagles who have lived their entire lives inside a research laboratory. These beagles have known nothing except the confines of metal cages. They have known no soft human touch, no warm bed, no companionship, no love. They have never been outside or sniffed a tree or grass. Finally, after years of being poked and prodded, these beagles are FREE! ARME got the call that a facility was willing to release them to us after they had been used in several tests. We picked them up on June 8th and now they are all in loving foster homes, and one has already been adopted. If you are interested in adopting any of these special beagles, please email us at: [email protected] If you cannot adopt, but would like to help, ARME is a non-profit organization and we rely on your donations to continue this work. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation. You can donate here:
PLEASE DO NOT BUY PRODUCTS TESTED ON ANIMALS! You can see their faces now….. buy only products that have the cruelty-free symbol.

Heartwarming Tearjerker of the Day: Lab-raised beagles that have never seen the light of day are rescued and brought outside for the first time, thanks to the efforts of Animal Rescue, Media & Education (ARME) and their Beagle Freedom Project.

Happily, all the rescued beagles have since been placed in loving foster homes.

Information on adopting one (or all!) can be found on ARME’s Beagle Freedom Project website.

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About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


6 Responses to “Lab research dogs see the sun & grass for first time.”

  1. TJS says:

    Heartbreaking, but at least these are a few of the lucky ones.

  2. Dave says:

    This video made me decide to adopt a beagle puppy.

  3. […] Bonus. Inspiring: Lab research dogs see the sun & grass for first time. […]

  4. D. Thomp says:

    I adopted one of these beagle mixes two yrs ago. Her name is Clover and she is a very sweet lovable dog. We could not ask for a better companion in our senior yrs. She gained 14 lbs her first yr with us, learned to play outdoors, go on walks every day and just be a joy in our home. She overcame so many obstacles and it was heartbreaking to watch as we know she endured much hardship her first two yrs confined in a laboratory cage. You would not know she was the same dog today. Everyone who meets her and hears her story falls immediately in love with her.

  5. dizzynicky says:

    Thank God for people like Gary Smith!

  6. Jaimlh says:

    Such an amazing story! Definitely opened my eyes to the world of animal testing… Am sharing this for the encouragement for people to consider rescuing dogs when they'd like to add a furry addition to their family. So many perfectly normal and healthy dogs without homes out there.