Beagles are the most popular breed of dog for lab use because of their friendly, docile, trusting, forgiving, people-pleasing personalities. The research industry says they adapt well to living in a cage, and are inexpensive to feed. Research beagles are usually obtained directly from commercial breeders who specifically breed dogs to sell to scientific institutions. Testing done on beagles in university and other research facilities includes medical/pharmaceutical, household products and cosmetics.
When they are no longer wanted for research purposes, some labs attempt to find homes for adoptable, healthy beagles. Working directly with these labs, Beagle Freedom Project is able to remove and transport beagles to place them in loving forever homes. Beagle Freedom Project aims to eliminate the suffering of all animals through rescue, public education and outreach..