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Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA requests donations to prepare Envigo beagles for adoption

Rebecca Barnabi
Donations are needed to vet and prepare for adoption twenty beagles at the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA. Photo courtesy Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA.

Twenty beagles experienced the spa treatment at the Charlottesville-Albermarle SPCA last week.

But donations are needed for the organization to completely vet and prepare the beagles for adoption. Each beagle’s vetting and preparation will cost an average of $200, including vaccinations, microchip and spay/neuter surgery.

The beagles were among 4,000 rescued from the Envigo breeding facility in Cumberland, Va. in July. The facility closed in June after an investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice and a court case. A complaint filed in Virginia’s Western District revealed adult and puppy beagles were ill, underfed and injured. They were confined in small spaces and feces was permitted to pile up. Dogs allegedly received inadequate medical care and were subjected to medical experiments.

In its Open Cages Naming Names campaign, Beagle Freedom Project exposed the facilities atrocities. Headquartered in California and founded in 2010, BFP works to rescue animals from testing laboratories and find them permanent homes. BFP created a care guide for anyone who adopts a beagle from the Envigo facility.

“If you or someone you know has been captivated by their story and hoping to help, now is the time. We are so thankful for your continued support and enthusiasm to make the lives of these beagles great,” the Charlottesville-Albermarle SPCA posted on its Facebook page August 24.

Donations are welcome online.

Rebecca Barnabi

Rebecca Barnabi

Rebecca J. Barnabi is the national editor of Augusta Free Press. A graduate of the University of Mary Washington, she began her journalism career at The Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star. In 2013, she was awarded first place for feature writing in the Maryland, Delaware, District of Columbia Awards Program, and was honored by the Virginia School Boards Association’s 2019 Media Honor Roll Program for her coverage of Waynesboro Schools. Her background in newspapers includes writing about features, local government, education and the arts.