A beagle rescued from allegedly inhumane conditions at a kennel in Virginia is getting a fairy tale.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have adopted a 7-year-old dog named Mama Mia, according to the Beagle Freedom Project.
Mia and her eight newborn puppies were flown from Virginia to Maryland before being transferred to a rescue facility in California, where the Duke and Duchess of Sussex met their new furry family member, reports the LA Times.
Markle personally called Shannon Keith, the founder of the Beagle Freedom Project, and said she wanted to help the older dog, Keith told the LA Times.
Markle seems to have a soft spot for rescued beagles. Duchess, what a time described herself as a “proud owner of a rescue dog” previously adopted a beagle named Guy and brought him to England when she joined the royal family.
Mia is among the thousands of giants rescued from the Envigo facility
According to the rescue, Mia was among 4,000 beagles ordered removed last month from a facility in Cumberland, Virginia, where they were bred and sold to laboratories that conduct animal experiments. This is reported by NBC Washington.
Federal authorities have blamed the facilityoperated by Envigo, for violating the Animal Welfare Act’s “minimum standards of care and housing for beagles.”
Many beagles have been donated to rescue organizations in D.C., including the Humane Rescue Alliance and Homeward Trails, and to shelters across the country.
The dogs had not played with toys, gone for walks or tried treats before, Mira Horowitz, founder and executive director of Virginia-based Lucky Dog Animal Rescue, said in a release.
After successfully finding homes for 10 dogs, Lucky Dog Animal Rescue said it took in a second group of 10 dogs on Wednesday.
“We were blown away by the incredible support from the first 10 beagles we brought to Arlington,” Horowitz said. “We can’t wait for the next batch of beagles to get a taste of freedom.”
Lucky Dog Animal Rescue hosted an adoption event at the Alexandria PetSmart Sunday. Ten beagles rescued from a mass breeding facility in Virginia were also slated for adoption.
Lucky Dog Animal Rescue says anyone interested in adopting one of the beagles can submit an adoption application. The rescue is also planning two in-person adoption events.
- Saturday, August 27th from noon to 2:00pm at PetSmart in Alexandria, VA (3351 Richmond Highway)
- Sunday, August 28th from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM at PetSmart in Silver Spring, MD (12020 Cherry Hill Road)
To learn more about Clear The Shelters 2022 and to find adoptable pets in your area, visit cleartheshelters.com. You can also donate to your local animal shelters and rescue groups by visiting clearthesheltersfund.org.