UPDATE 6:57 a.m. (7/27/22): Dozens of the 4,000 Envigo beagles rescued from Cumberland County arrived in Roanoke on Tuesday, where Angels of Assisi will make sure they stay safe and comfortable until they find loving homes.

According to the shelter, it received a total of 64 beagles — including 35 puppies — that were originally bred to be sold to laboratories for testing.

“The beagles are settled in for the night. Their eyes look more optimistic, and we hope they know they are safe now. Each has their own comfy bed and full bellies,” Angels of Assisi posted on Facebook shortly before 10 p.m. on Tuesday, July 26.

Dayna Reynolds, the director of community engagement at Angels of Assisi, says the adult dogs are being treated at the shelter, but the puppies and nursing mothers are in temporary foster homes.

“They haven’t really left the kennel, and there are some puppies too, so those ones should acclimate quite fine,” Reynolds said. “The older ones are probably just going to need a little bit more patience and a little bit more of an understanding family, but they’re super sweet.”

If you are interested in fostering any of these mama dogs and their puppies until they’re old enough to be fully weaned and adopted, you are asked to contact the shelter’s adoption coordinators at adoptions@angelsofassisi.org.

Even if you can’t bring any of these beagles into your home, you can still help them receive the medical care they desperately need — including spaying/neutering, testing for heartworm/tickborne disease, vaccinations, and dental cleanings — by donating to Angels of Assisi’s Biscuit Fund.

Between Tuesday’s two Facebook posts about the beagles’ arrival, donors have raised a total of $4,460 to support these dogs.



ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — More than 50 of the 4,000 beagles from a controversial Cumberland County breeding facility are set to arrive in the Star City on Tuesday, where Angels of Assisi is ready to help find them safe and loving homes.

Earlier this month, 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.

(Photos courtesy: Angels of Assisi)

“These sweethearts were being bred to be sold to laboratories for testing. It is heartbreaking to think about what their fate would have been and the lives of so many before them,” Angels of Assisi wrote on Facebook at 3:20 p.m. on Tuesday, July 26. “They will need some much-needed TLC and medical care.”

Angels of Assisi says it has partnered with the Humane Society of the United States so its staff and medical team can help prepare dozens of these beagles for adoption.

Angels of Assisi also encourages you to donate to the shelter’s Biscuit Fund to help support the beagles’ medical care. As of this writing, 22 people have raised a total of $585 for these dogs.