ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — In the week since 64 beagles rescued from the Envigo breeding facility arrived in Roanoke, Angels of Assisi says that a number of the dogs have found new homes, either with forever families or foster families.
On Wednesday, Aug. 3, the shelter announced the first litter of beagle puppies was old enough to be adopted this week. Angels of Assisi also thanked the community for being so supportive of these dogs after their difficult past.
Meanwhile, another Envigo beagle, Cora, spent her first night in her foster home last week. According to Angels of Assisi, there were concerns about Cora’s health when she first arrived at the shelter because she “was acting pretty lethargic and shut down.”
The shelter staff say they couldn’t tell if that was just Cora’s demeanor due to her history or if that was part of a bigger issue, so their veterinary team performed radiographs, a urinalysis, and full blood work.
We discovered that she had a severe urinary tract infection and crystals in her urine which was likely very painful. Cora was placed on antibiotics and a special urinary diet. She bounced back quickly and is now getting to be a dog in a home.
The shelter posted pictures on Friday of Cora watching TV for the first time with her new foster mom, saying, “We are so happy for this sweet girl; we know she will thrive with her new family!”
This news comes after 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 to transfer all 4,000 remaining beagles from the Cumberland County 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.
Angels of Assisi announced last week it still needed foster families for these beagles, so if you are interesting in welcoming these precious pooches into your home, you are asked to contact Dayna Reynolds at email@example.com.
Even if you can’t be a foster parent, the shelter says that these sweet dogs still need lots of love and care — especially medical care, such as spaying/neutering, testing for heartworm/tickborne disease, vaccinations, and dental cleanings — after living through so much neglect and abuse.
If you would like to help cover the cost of those treatments, you can donate to Angels of Assisi’s Biscuit Fund.
Between the shelter’s six Facebook posts about the beagles’ arrival, donors have raised a total of $8,615 to support these dogs.