Beagles Freed From Lab Cages Discover What It Means To Truly Be Alive

<p> <a href="http://www.beaglefreedomproject.org/" target="_blank">Beagle Freedom Project</a> </p>
<p> <a href="http://www.beaglefreedomproject.org/" target="_blank">Beagle Freedom Project</a> </p>

Dozens of beautiful beagles who have spent the entirety of their sad lives locked in stark metal cages are finally learning what it truly means to be free - something no dog should ever be denied.

In a historic, cross-country effort, 38 former test subjects were rescued and given the chance to experience the simple pleasures of life. Each of the dogs, pent up in research laboratories throughout the United States, were saved by volunteers from the Beagle Freedom Project, a group dedicated to ending animal testing one soul at a time.

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Had the group not stepped in to ensure their retirement, all the beagles would likely have been euthanized - a sad testament to what little value their lives have been given since birth. Still, not surprisingly, many of the dogs seemed anxious about leaving the cages where they'd been held captive for so long.

But they soon became acquainted with the wonderful, wide world that awaited them outside their cold kennels.

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"Many of the beagles bound out of their cages with exuberance, so excited to finally run, play, sniff, pee, and be the silly little dogs they are meant to be," reads a statement from Beagle Freedom Project. "A few of the others however have a tougher road ahead of them, still clearly suffering the effects of PTSD [...] With time, patience, and unconditional love though, they will recover."

Once free, life for the beagles is an endless series of "firsts" - moments of exploration that couldn't be further away from the only lives they'd ever known.

Like the touch of cool grass beneath their paws ...

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... or the thrill of chasing a ball around the house.

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Even the coziness of a soft bed is a foreign feeling to them. (But also one they can definitely see themselves getting used to.)

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Of course, these are just some of the novelty experiences for the 38 liberated dogs, all derived from the most important new feeling of all: what it's like to be loved.

Indeed, their release from a life of suffering in lab cages marks the beginning of a fresh start for the beagles. From now on, they will never be considered nameless test subjects upon which the worst of humanity is inflicted - rather, they'll now carry out their days in peace as cherished pets of families who couldn't be more grateful to have them in their lives.

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Sadly, while these beagles have been given the chance at a happy life, there are still countless others languishing in laboratory cages who may never know the slightest semblance of what it means to be a dog. That, says the Beagle Freedom Project, is what drives them in their work:

"Our hope is that with your help, we can encourage more research labs to release animals and give them a chance at life, instead of destroying adoptable pets."

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