Please Help if You Can

I tweeted about this a minute ago, but I wanted to make a post here too.

Over the 4th of July weekend, a medical research clinic in New York closed its doors and left over 120 beagles and 55 primates that had been used for experiments behind the locked doors, to starve and dehydrate. Beagles are used for medical research because they are patient, docile, and won’t protest when people do all nature of terrible things to them.

Fortunately, a few former employees of the company rescued the pups from the facility, and several rescue groups got together to take care of the animals. These poor things had never been outside, seen the sky, felt the grass, or even interacted with another dog or person (other than the scientists experimenting on them). Here’s the heart-warming and -wrenching video from that day:

I’m a sarcastic, cynical son-of-a-gun 99 times out of 100, but this is one thing that really gets me. I have a beagle, my brother has a beagle, and my sister has two beagles. Every time I watch the video, it kills me; hits me in that small unprotected spot. If you have a few dollars to spare to help save these or any other pet in a shelter, please consider it. These places do wonderful work, and they can’t get by without help from people like us. Here’s a couple places that I know could really benefit from your loose change.

The place that rescued these beagles: Pets Alive

The shelter where my wife and I found our Kasey: Lost Dog and Cat Rescue

If you have a local shelter that you’d like to add to this list, leave it in the comments and I’ll add it to this list.

And for the scientists and corporate big shots who decided the best way to wrap up their business was to¬† just leave the beagles to starve and dehydrate to death? There’s a special place in hell.

UPDATE: I decided to add a picture of my beagle, just because she’s the best.

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