LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — More than 20 beagles are running around the Lynchburg Humane Society after being rescued from a Cumberland County breeding facility that had multiple animal welfare concerns.

Judge Norman K. Moon with the Lynchburg Division of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia approved a plan in July that allowed the Humane Society of the United States to coordinate the transfer of 4,000 beagles from Envigo’s facility — which was forced to stop breeding and selling dogs and close its doors after numerous animal welfare violations — to shelters and rescue organizations for adoption

Then, on Thursday, Aug. 4, the Lynchburg Humane Society announced it had picked up 21 of those Envigo beagles and brought them back to the Center for Pets so the medical team can examine them and provide any necessary treatments before the dogs find their forever homes.

“The Lynchburg Humane Society is honored to be involved in saving the lives of these precious dogs. We would not be able to commit to this lifesaving journey without our amazing community,” said Jill Mollohan, the Lynchburg Humane Society’s executive director. “Please help by adopting, donating, and fostering to help these dogs begin their life with love and happiness.”

“It takes a massive network of compassionate, expert shelters and rescues to make an operation of this scale possible,” said Lindsay Hamrick, shelter outreach and engagement director for the Humane Society of the United States. “We are deeply grateful to each organization that is stepping up to find these dogs the loving homes they so deserve.”

If you want more information about the Envigo beagles the Lynchburg Humane Society is taking in — or if you’re interested in adopting one of them — you can visit the organization’s website, email, or stop by the Center for Pets during open hours to speak with the adoptions team.

For those who can’t adopt a pet at this time but would still like to help take care of these beagles, the Lynchburg Humane Society encourages you to either sign up to be a foster or donate to the dogs’ medical care fund.