Lowcountry Animal Shelter Hosts Adoption Event for Rescued Beagle Puppies

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) – A Lowcountry animal shelter says “Beagle-mania” is sweeping the Charleston area.

Pet Helpers says the shelter receives nearly 100 calls a day from people interested in adopting 18 rescued beagle puppies from a Virginia mass-breeding facility that bred the dogs to sell to labs for animal testing.

In an effort to keep the adoption process fair and equitable, the shelter announces that it will be hosting a first-come, first-served adoption event on August 20.

The event is scheduled to take place from 10 a.m. to noon at the Pet Helpers Adoption Center at 1447 Folly Road on James Island. Staff members will begin handing out numbers at 8 a.m. to interested adopters on the day of the event.

“We expected these beagle puppies to capture the hearts of animal lovers in our community, but we never expected the surge of interest to reach this level. We received hundreds of calls calls, emails and social media posts asking for these puppies to be adopted,” Executive Director Melissa Susko said. “We are responding to inquiries from California to Florida, hoping to adopt the ‘one of the beagles. Our goal is to find 18 loving homes within our local community for these animals, and we hope that this increased interest in pet adoption may lead to additional pet adoptions for other animals. , as shelters in the area are at or near capacity this summer.”

Beagle adoptions are limited to one per household with a $350 adoption fee. The shelter says the puppies have all been microchipped and neutered, and have received all vaccines and health treatments for their age.

The shelter recommends those interested in adopting a beagle rescued from out of state to visit the Humane Society of the United States’ website to find a local organization involved in the rescue.

The shelter also expects a transfer of adult beagles in the coming weeks.

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