Former Research Beagles Now Up For Adoption 

click to enlarge Lauren Brown is fostering Ginger, one of a dozen beagles bred for research that are up for adoption at the Richmond Animal League.

Lauren Brown is fostering Ginger, one of a dozen beagles bred for research that are up for adoption at the Richmond Animal League.

Ginger, an 8-year-old beagle wearing a loud sweater, spent the bulk of her life in a facility that breeds dogs for scientific research. One of the recent tests she was subject to involved an ophthalmologist collecting her tears.

Last week she arrived at the Richmond Animal League, where she and 11 other beagles bred for research are up for adoption.

“We wanted these dogs to have a chance to be pets even though they spent their lives without ever being outside,” says Amy McCracken, the group’s executive director.

The Richmond Animal League picked up the beagles from Virginia Tech, which purchased them from the breeding facility for veterinary training in October. The dogs, well cared for by the university, had given birth to about 12 litters each, McCracken says.

It’s the first time the league has rescued dogs from a research environment, she says.

None of the animals is housebroken, McCracken says, and several refuse to go to the bathroom on anything but concrete. Otherwise the dogs are curious, friendly and well-mannered. Information on adoption is available at ral.org.

Lauren Brown, a board member at the league, is fostering Ginger until she’s adopted. She says she watched the dog see her reflection for the first time: “She was scared at first but now she likes to look at herself.”

Ginger’s still learning how to play, Brown says, but she’s hopeful: “We bought her a bunch of toys. She doesn’t know exactly what to do with them yet, but she’s learning.”


Latest in News and Features

Comments (10)

Showing 1-10 of 10

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-10 of 10

Add a comment

More by Ned Oliver

Connect with Style Weekly

Most Popular Stories

  • Gold Rush

    Gold Rush

    Richmond’s flirtation with two casinos has all the makings of an epic movie with voters deciding the ending.
    • May 11, 2021
  • Vote Now

    Vote Now

    Vote for your favorites in the 2021 Best Of Richmond
    • May 1, 2021
  • Elephants on a Wire

    Elephants on a Wire

    A crowded field of Republican gubernatorial candidates embraces ranked voting in a battle for the soul of their party.
    • May 4, 2021
  • Site Unseen

    Site Unseen

    Hidden in Plain Site virtually highlights Richmond’s often neglected Black history.
    • Apr 27, 2021
  • More »

Copyright © 2021 Style Weekly
Richmond's alternative for news, arts, culture and opinion
All rights reserved
Powered by Foundation