San Diego will receive 45 beagles rescued from the Virginia breeding facility

SAN DIEGO — The Helen Woodward Animal Center is participating in a nationwide effort to rehome 4,000 beagles that were recently rescued from a lab-testing breeding facility in Virginia, officials said Sunday.

45 of the animals rescued from Envigo RMS in Virginia arrived in Rancho Santa Fe at the animal center to be rehabilitated and adopted by loving families in Southern California.

According to the United States Department of Justice, Envigo RMS had kept the animals under “disastrous circumstances” and a consent decree filed on July 15 concluded that “the company was not providing humane care and treatment to the thousands of beagles”.

Helen Woodward Animal Center officials say the beagles will soon be ready for adoption after standard health and temperament screening and a foster period.

Once the animals have gone through these steps and have been neutered, they will be ready for adoption. Although they didn’t provide a concrete date, reps for Helen Woodward said they could be available “as early as next weekend.”

“This has been a tough year for many shelters and we know it’s hard to find organizations that have space for such a large number of dogs,” said Hella Tyler, director of adoption services at the animal center. Helen Woodward. “We are grateful to have such an amazing group of foster families who can help us save these lives. These puppies really need love and human kindness to show them all the wonderful things that a normal puppy’s life should offer. We couldn’t be more thrilled to help with this rescue.

Anyone interested in adopting or helping rehabilitate beagles at the Helen Woodward Animal Center can click HERE. Officials have also created an Amazon listing for needed supplies. You can find this list HERE.