4,000 beagles rescued from Envigo breeding and research center

The Department of Justice and the Humane Society of the United States rescued 4,000 beagles from the Envigo Breeding and Research Center in Cumberland, Virginia.1 A federal judge has approved the department’s request to remove the animals after evidence of dog neglect and abuse.

Envigo claims on its website the company’s work with animals: “At Envigo, animal welfare is a top priority. We take a humane and compassionate approach, actively fostering a culture of care for our animals and aiming to operate to the highest professional standards. Well cared for animals allow us to produce better science and more reliable data. »

“We have a company-wide Animal Welfare Policy that defines and enforces standards of animal care and welfare across Envigo,” the statement continued.2

However, according to The New York Timesfederal inspectors have found cases of malnourished, sick, and injured beagles in Envigo’s care.3 The dogs were kept in cages where feces and food waste piled up, according to court documents. More than 300 puppies died at the facility between January and July last year.3

Homeward Trails Animal Rescue, a local Virginia-based nonprofit, helps rescue and place dogs in new homes and foster families. According to a Facebook post from the Homeward Trails Animal Rescue account, the organization has already rescued 500 dogs and placed them in new homes. The organization plans to remove the remaining beagles from Envigo and put them up for adoption as well.

Homeward Trails Animal Rescue is currently seeking volunteer foster families for these animals and donations to help fund the rescues. For anyone looking to help, email [email protected]


  1. Statement on the removal of approximately 4,000 beagles from a breeding facility in Cumberland, Virginia. Press release. The Humane Society of the United States. July 7, 2022. Accessed July 13, 2022. https://www.humanesociety.org/news/statement-removal-approximately-4000-beagles-breeding-facility-cumberland-virginia
  2. Envigo. Accessed July 13, 2022. https://www.envigo.com/our-work-with-animals
  3. Jimenez J, Rubin A. 4,000 beagles are rescued from a Virigina facility. Now they need new homes. The New York Times. July 12, 2022. Accessed July 13, 2022. https://www.nytimes.com/2022/07/12/us/envigo-beagles-breeder-adoption.html

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Jennifer R. Strohm