Almost 100 beagles attended the seventh annual "Beaglefest 2013" in Durham, N.C. on Saturday to romp in the grass, test their agility, or just plain plop in the pool for a well deserved beagle break reported the NewsObserver.com.
The dogs, of course, had a howling good time at Sunny Acres Pet Resort, and we all know that beagles have a distinctive sound of their own, but especially fun was the dress-up contest. Seriously, it had to be more fun for the humans, but nevertheless, Murphy, the beagle dressed as a police officer, ran away with first prize.
All proceeds of the "beaglemania" go to Triangle Beagle Rescue Group where funding is always needed for surgeries and pet care. The breed-specific, all volunteer dog rescue, uses foster homes to ensure all of the dogs are properly socialized and ready to be adopted.
Many of the rescued beagles have been surrendered, although some have been rescued from labs. According to the American Anti-Vivisection Society (AAVS), beagles are the most commonly used dogs in laboratory experiments because they are docile and small.
"Dogs are often used in biomedical research investigating heart and lung disease, cancer, aging, and orthopedics. They are still commonly used in toxicity studies to test the safety of human drugs and industrial chemicals, but are rarely used to assess the safety of personal care and household products. Additionally, some medical and veterinary schools use dogs in student training, particularly for surgery, despite the availability of alternatives that do not harm animals."
The most recent United States Department of Agriculture statistics state that of the 1.1 million animals still used in research facilities, approximately 65,000 are dogs, and most are beagles. Most of the dogs are killed when they outlive their usefulness, but some labs will relinquish ownership of the dogs to rescue groups.
For some of the dogs whose paws have never touched the cool feel of grass or ever been hugged by a human, the experience is overwhelming. Volunteers bring these dogs into their homes to help socialize, house train, and get the dogs accustomed to being dogs - just as they were meant to be.
The Triangle Beagle Rescue Group has saved 117 beagles during 2013, and the good work continues with the help of so many dedicated dog lovers.
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