Established in 2013, our mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and find homes for beagles as well as any other animal used in laboratory research across Australia.
In Australia it is estimated that over 11,368 dogs were used in research facilities across 5 states including VIC, NSW, WA, QLD & TAS in 2017 alone (with the other states statistics unavailable).* Beagles are generally the most popular breed for lab use because of their friendly and trusting, temperaments. The research industry says they adapt well to living in a cage, and are inexpensive to feed.
Beagles and other dogs are usually sourced directly from commercial breeders who specifically breed dogs to sell to scientific institutions, but can also be sourced from other places such as pounds. Greyhounds are also commonly used and are usually sourced from the racing industry. Other dog breeds are also used, there are no set rules to what breeds are used.
Testing is done in universities and other research facilities for medical/pharmaceutical items, household products, cosmetics and for veterinary and dental training. When the dogs are no longer useful or no longer needed for testing they are put to sleep. We aim to work with the labs to secure their safe release into our care so we can rehabilitate, if needed, and find homes so they can have a second chance and a new life with a family as a loved pet and companion.
Beagle Freedom Australia officially launched in 2013 as an extension of Beagle Rescue Victoria (BRV) Inc, a registered not for profit charity, BRV has been rescuing and rehabilitating beagles from pounds, shelters, puppy farms, medical research and private surrenders since 2006. Beagle Freedom Australia also works closely with The Beagle Freedom Project in the USA, and many other local groups Australia wide, in the hopes that together we can grow awareness of the use of animals in research in Australia and to make it mandatory for these animals to be released rather than discarded.
With over 15 years experience of rehoming and dealing with beagles and all types of hounds, our sister group Beagle Rescue Victoria is the largest and longest running beagle breed specific rescue group in Australia . Specialising in timid and fearful dogs, of all kinds, not just beagles. Visit our site and keep up to date with the news there too!
Beagle Rescue Victoria is a registered not for profit with charitable status. All donations over $2 are tax deductible.
PO Box 235 Glen Hunlty Victoria Australia 3163. ABN: 95 730 602 243 Inc: A0050374H
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