LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — The Lynchburg Humane Society is teaming up with animal shelters across the country to help find homes for the thousands of beagles seized from the Envigo research facility in Cumberland County.

Last week, Judge Norman K. Moon with the Lynchburg Division of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia approved a plan to transfer all 4,000 remaining beagles from Envigo’s medical dog-breeding facility — which was forced to stop breeding and selling dogs and close its doors after numerous animal welfare violations — to shelters for adoption.

According to PETA, the adoption plan calls for the company to pay $100 per dog — and $150 per dog nursing a litter younger than eight weeks — to help the shelters with adoption costs for the animals.

Since more than 4,000 beagles will need homes, the Lynchburg Humane Society says it will make room for as many of those pooches as possible, but does not know how many or when they will arrive.

If you’d like to help the Lynchburg Humane Society prepare for the possible arrival of these special dogs there are plenty of ways to help:

  • Come out for the humane society’s half-off adoption special from Friday, July 15 through Sunday, July 17. After all, the more pets that get adopted before the arrival of the beagles, the more the shelter will be able to take in.
  • If you can’t adopt now, sign up to be a foster to help the beagles get ready to be adopted, as well as help the pets that are already eligible for fostering.
  • Sign up to be a volunteer at the humane society.
  • Consider helping the shelter stock up on its pet supplies, especially the ones on this list.

If you are interested in adopting any of these beagles from Envigo, the Lynchburg Humane Society encourages you to keep an eye on their social media and website for updates about their arrival. You can also start the process by submitting an adoption application online.