Beagle Rescue Initiative


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How to Help


Anti-Cruelty is participating in national efforts in partnership with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) to rescue beagles from Envigo, a breeding and research facility in Virginia that was recently found guilty of dozens of federal regulation violations, resulting in dogs being ill, injured, underfed, and, in the worst cases, dead. 


Our dedicated staff members are making the nearly 800-mile trip to Virginia to safely transport these dogs to our shelter. We are all hands-on deck, working diligently behind the scenes to prepare for their arrival by securing fosters, adopters, supplies, and funds to ensure that each beagle we take into our shelter receives the best possible care and outcome.

These efforts align with our vision to build a humane Chicago for pets and people, and our mission to build a healthy and happy community where pets and people thrive together.  

Please consider donating to our Beagle Amazon Wishlist.


What can you do to help? 

Donate. Under Anti-Cruelty's care, the beagles will receive innovative medical and behavioral treatment to address their specific needs; foster care as a transformative experience for optimal adoption outcomes; and other immersive environmental and social engagements to prepare them for life in a loving home with families. Supporting Anti-Cruelty with a donation will ensure each of these dogs receives the best possible care so we can continue to provide an open door to the thousands of other community animals who need our support.  

Shop. Each beagle who is entering our care will be sent home with a customized care kit to ensure their foster caretaker has everything they need to help with their rehabilitation and well-being. Consider donating to our beagle Amazon wish list. 

Adopt. All of the Envigo beagles will be placed directly into an assigned foster home upon arrival due to the exceptional level of care they will require. We anticipate that many of our foster volunteers may choose to make their beagle a permanent part of their family. Beagles who are not adopted by their foster parent will become available for adoption through our Adoption Ambassador program. These dogs will be posted to our adoption gallery as they become available. Note that these dogs will be available for adoption on a first-come, first-served basis and that we are not keeping a waitlist at this time.  

We ask all potential adopters to thoroughly review the information below before considering whether an Envigo beagle is a good fit for their family and lifestyle.  

If you don’t think an Envigo beagle is a good fit for you at this time – we have hundreds of other pets who are currently looking for a forever family to call their own. View all available animals here. 

Volunteer & Foster. All of the Envigo beagles have already been assigned foster caretakers – but that doesn’t mean your help isn’t needed! Anti-Cruelty provides care to thousands of animals from across Chicagoland each year. Our team of animal welfare professionals rely on the support of volunteers and fosters to ensure that each pet who comes through our doors receives optimal care. Consider joining our team as a volunteer or foster to help us build a healthy, happy community where pets and people thrive together.