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Beagles used for testing in labs will feel sunshine for first time in Kelowna

A beagle in a crate.
Image Credit: The Beagle Alliance

A charity has rescued 10 beagles from laboratories and plans to set them up with loving homes in Kelowna.

The Beagle Alliance is holding an adoption event for a group of rescue dogs to taste freedom for the first time and raise awareness about animal testing in Canada, according to a press release issued, April 12. 

The alliance is a Manitoba based charity that has teamed up with BARC's Rescue in Calgary to find homes for these beagles in Western Canada. 

“We are calling this our Dogs Know No Borders Lab to Love Rescue Tour. These dogs have never felt the sun on their snouts or the grass under their paws. It’s a special moment to see their first few steps," executive director of The Beagle Alliance Lori Cohen said in the release.

The event is going to be held in the yard of a private home on Morrison Avenue on April 18, where six out of the 10 dogs will get to go to their forever homes.

“We cannot disclose the name of our rescue partners, nor do we know what facility the dogs are coming from, but we do know that 10 beautiful dogs will be going from lab to love this April,” Cohen said.

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More than 10,000 dogs were reportedly used for testing in 2022 in Canada, and in most cases they were euthanized after the studies ended, the rescue group said.

“They suffer from PTSD and anxiety but because of their resilience and ability to forgive, become the most loving companions and family members,” Cohen said.

There's no governing body to oversee how animals are used in testing in Canada, or what happens to them after they are no longer needed, the alliance said, but there are voluntary bodies like the Canadian Council on Animal Care who advocate for better treatment of animals.

“With experience, education, patience and support, these dogs can go on to live many more years outside of the cage than inside,” Cohen said.

For more about the Beagle Alliance go here.

- This is a corrected version of this story, the previous version said the alliance was an American charity. 

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