PUP-DATE: More rescue beagles are on their way to Fort Wayne
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA) - Humane Fort Wayne hit the road again to rescue more beagles from the Envigo breeding facility in Virginia.
Melissa Gibson with HFW described the facility as massive, and the effort to save the dogs is just as big.
Gibson said, “The only way this was going to be resolved and that these animals lives were going to be saved, was that if everybody that could, and had the resources to, in the animal welfare world stepped up to take as many they could.”
She explained the shelter is the only one in the state of Indiana to take a second transport of dogs and one of only 35 in the country to do so.
As of Thursday, the Humane Society of the United States says there are no more dogs to be rescued from Envigo. The 25 female beagles coming to Fort Wayne are part of the final 312 dogs to come from the facility.
Patricia Galvan, a Veterinary Assistant with HFW, was one of the people tasked with making sure the dogs get to Fort Wayne safely. The group set out yesterday to pick up the dogs, and the veterinary assistant says the trip went well and the dogs look healthy at first glance.
“So we don’t load them ourselves, unfortunately. Humane society of the united states does that. So, the only eyes that we really have on them is through their cages,” Galvan said on the Thursday afternoon trip home. “Right now, some of my teammates are actually cleaning because they get a little car sick through the mountains, but from what I saw, they look very healthy.”
These 25 beagles are on the brink of their first birthday.
Gibson says this ride will be the first time the feel the grass between their toes and the loving touch of a human.
The reason they were able to take more beagles?
Because the boys who arrived two weeks ago were adopted so quickly. Gibson explained, “When our partners at HSUS came to us and said would you be willing, of course we’re willing to do that. We’re willing to do anything to save a life.”
Gibson says Humane Fort Wayne has never shied away from a challenge, partly because of how the community steps up and takes the time to save an animals life, saying “there’s nothing this community won’t do to save an animals life and that’s how we do this lifesaving work.”
Learn more about how to adopt one of these 25 beagles in Humane Fort Wayne’s Facebook post below, but it will be several days before they’re up for adoption.
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