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Beagle Update: Aug. 28

Fly like a beagle!

It didn’t take long for the plane full of beagles heading to Oregon to capture the heart of the person transporting them to safety.

Captain Steve knew almost immediately he wanted to do his part and give one of these beagles a home. He and his wife Kimberli traveled to our Salem shelter to adopt little Croissant, now named Ruby.

Beagle Update: Aug. 23

More than 200 applications were submitted within 15 minutes for the first group of beagles available for adoption.

Adorable little Faith Hill was the first to go home. Her adopter, Amy, has had beagles before and was excited to welcome a new dog to the family.

OHS Adoption Specialist Kat LaRue, pictured right, created resources and breed information for all the beagle adopters. She also worked with Amy and facilitated Faith Hill’s adoption.

Beagle Update: Aug. 22

The first group of beagles are getting ready for adoption and will be posted on our website tonight, Aug 22, beginning at 5:30 pm.

Here are some important things to know about the adoption process for all our shelter pets, including the beagles:

  • If you find a dog that you are interested in adopting, click on their profile to submit an inquiry. View the available pets in Portland and Salem.  You will receive an automated response to set up an appointment.
  • Because there has been so much interest in adopting a beagle, submitting an inquiry on our website is your best bet to be first in line.
  • Please make sure you read our beagle guide to make sure this breed is right for you.
  • There are no wait lists for these dogs.

Our goal is to get these dogs into their new homes as soon as they are ready so they can begin their new life as a beloved pet. We also have so many other wonderful animals who need a home, so please consider adopting any shelter pet.

Beagle Update: Aug 20

The beagles have landed!

A plane full of beagles touched down in Oregon on Aug. 20 and were welcomed with applause and cheers. Close to 150 dogs were on the flight with 80 destined for Oregon Humane Society. Four other shelters and rescue groups in the Northwest were assisting in the effort taking in the remaining 70 dogs.

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is leading the effort to place 4,000 beagles and reached out to OHS to help. OHS’ Second Chance program has collaborated with HSUS in the past to receive pets from shelters affected by natural disasters.

This transfer plan is happening because of a Department of Justice lawsuit against the breeding facility, Envigo, over alleged Animal Welfare Act violations at the facility. HSUS was given 60 days to move all 4,000 beagles out of the facility, and they are a little more than halfway there. Greater Good Charities’ Good Flights program coordinated the flight to Oregon.

OHS’ Salem Campus received 21 beagles, with 59 arriving at the Portland campus.

There is no adoption wait list for these dogs.

How you can help:

  • Adopt any of the wonderful pets in Portland or Salem who are waiting for a home.
  • Make a donation to help us care for the beagles and all the other pets at the shelter.

The beagles will begin to be available for adoption at our Portland and Salem campuses beginning Aug. 23 and will have profiles posted on the adoption page.

Adoptions will follow our normal process: submit an inquiry about a specific pet and schedule an appointment, or visit the shelter (Mon-Sun, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.) and make an appointment.

Learn more about the 4,000 beagle rescue.

Things to consider if you are interested in adopting a beagle.
Adopting a special rescue beagle

Beagles are known for being very trusting of people. Many beagles from this rescue are adjusting well to their new homes and owners. However, temperament and special needs will vary between individual dogs. We cannot predict how long it will these beagles them adjust to their homes. If you are interested in adopting one, you will need to be considerate and prepared for common issues that arise when adopting a special rescue dog.

What’s your home like right now?

These beagles never lived as household pets, which means they will thrive in calm low traffic and predictable environments. You must have extensive time dedicated to building trust and routines. Working long hours or being in the middle of major life changes can hinder your dog’s adjustment process.

How will your friends and family factor into adoption?

Until their rescue, regular exposure to people was rare for these beagles. Limit house guests. Don’t take your beagle to places with uncontrolled interactions (parties, dog parks, coffee shops, walks in busy neighborhoods, popular hiking trails, etc.).

Beagles are known as outgoing and gentle family pets. But dogs with limited socialization are often incompatible with kids, especially if they are fearful. Dogs that won’t socialize or be affectionate can disappoint and frustrate children. Bring children to any potential adoption appointments to make sure a beagle enjoys their company.

Do you have other dogs at home?

These dogs were raised in a facility surrounded by hundreds of other dogs, which is not normal or healthy. If they are older dogs, they may not have positive associations with other dogs. Some of these beagles may guard their food from other animals, due to the scarcity of food they experienced. However, beagles are generally considered to be dog-friendly and many of these beagles could benefit from a confident canine friend who can help them blossom in their new homes. Potential adopters should bring their resident dogs to any adoption appointments to ensure that the dogs will get along.

Can you provide EXTRA beagle-level supervision and training?

Beagles are already excellent escape artists. Combining that with fearful behavior can put a dog at flight risk. Alternatively, if your beagle is confident in their new environment they may rush into harmful situations. Remember: beagles are so curious they already struggle with boundaries. Owners should be as vigilant regardless of their beagle’s level of fear.

These beagles are untrained. Housetraining issues are not uncommon when dogs are raised in cramped quarters and used to sitting in urine and feces. If your beagle isn’t walking on leash yet, potty breaks should be limited to your yard. Not having access to a secure ground level areas can hinder housetraining, and affect rental deposits if your beagle only relieves themselves indoors.

Tips for Success
  • Designate a “safe spot” in your home. These dogs are used to living in a small space. Use an extra room or baby gate to confine your dog to a small dog-proof area. Providing a crate can help them feel safe if they are nervous. Their “safe spot” should include doggy essentials like bedding, water, and toys. If you are unable to supervise your dog, they should be confined to their safe spot.
  • Give them a “target area” for housetraining. Put paper, potty pads, or towels in a designated spot, where they can relieve themselves.
  • Don’t force interactions or activities. Dogs don’t push through fear the way we do. Pushing them into fearful situations erodes their trust. Keep your expectations and social pressure low. Don’t walk them if they are struggling on leash. Don’t force them to socialize with people. Your goal is to help them make choices out of confidence and not coercion. Use relaxed reassurances and treats to build trust. Most beagles never turn down a delicious snack.
  • Brush up on canine body languageThis will teach you the physical signs your beagle is being pushed too far.
  • We’re here to help. We want to support you and your beagle as you get to know each other.
    OHS offers dog training classes and one-on-one training consultations. Learn more at oregonhumane.org/training. Call our free pet behavior helpline at (503) 416-2983.
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