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Local Rescue Saves Beagles from Envigo Facility


ASHEVILLE, NC — August 19, 2022 — Brother Wolf Animal Rescue is taking in beagles who are part of a national effort to relocate 4,000 beagles from the Envigo breeding and research facility in Cumberland, VA. The facility was found to be in violation of several federal regulations, resulting in a judge approving a plan to relocate around 4,000 dogs from the facility.


Relocation efforts are being overseen by the Humane Society of the United States and animal welfare organizations across the country have stepped up to help. All of the dogs are being transferred to rescue partners such as Brother Wolf Animal Rescue.


“We’re so glad to be able to give these helpless dogs a safe place to go and a better future ahead of them,” said Leah Craig Fieser, Executive Director of Brother Wolf Animal Rescue. The dogs were being bred for pharmaceutical research and testing and Fieser hopes that this large seizure shines a light on animal suffering that is mostly unknown by the general public. “These dogs were treated like inanimate objects and lived a life none of us would want. We hope that this situation, and the public’s awareness of it, leads to changes in laws and regulations for animals used in testing as well as animal breeding operations,” said Fieser.


The dogs received by Brother Wolf Animal Rescue all have numbers tattooed in their ears. “This is the first time they will have a name, a bed, a family. They will now have the lives that they have always deserved,” said Fieser.


Brother Wolf Animal Rescue mostly takes in animals located within a four hour radius of their facility in Asheville, but helps out in special cases such as this when the need arises and may take in more beagles based on how relocation efforts progress over the next few weeks. In the past two weeks, Brother Wolf Animal Rescue has taken in 80 local animals and has made 93 foster home placements. These beagles will go to live in Brother Wolf foster homes until they are ready for adoption after receiving spay-neuter surgery.


Households interested in fostering with Brother Wolf Animal Rescue can learn more and sign up on their website www.bwar.org. When the beagles are ready for adoption, Brother Wolf Animal Rescue will post them as available on their website.


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About Brother Wolf Animal Rescue


Brother Wolf Animal Rescue’s mission is to better the lives of companion animals Through adoption and pet retention programs, a low-cost mobile spay and neuter clinic, lifesaving shelter transfer partnerships and extensive volunteer and foster networks, Brother Wolf Animal Rescue impacts the lives of thousands of animals each year in the Western North Carolina region.

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