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Rescuing a Beagle

Sadly, Beagles are one of the more common breeds to end up in in need of new homes. While it is so easy to be taken in by an adorable Beagle puppy, too many people fall for that face without understanding the hound that he will become. Beagles are active dogs that love to follow their nose. Bred to bay and announce where their quarry is, they are not quiet and not suitable to apartment dwelling as a general rule despite their size.

The decision to adopt a Beagle can be an excellent choice if you’ve done your research and know this is the right breed for you. For those already familiar with the Beagle, this can be a great way to increase your pack.

Beagles can be found at many humane societies and shelters. If there isn’t one available there, try contacting your local breed specific rescue organization. There are some groups that rescue hounds and others that focus specifically on Beagles. Your Beagle group can also point you in the right direction. All breed rescue groups may also have Beagles available for adoption.

Although puppies are not commonly found in rescue, they do sometimes end up there as a result of a seizure of poorly cared for animals or an abandoned pregnant Beagle. It can be beneficial to consider an adult or even a senior Beagle too though. Adults are more likely to be trained and do not need to be let out as frequently. This can make things easier if you and your family are busy at work and school during the day. With a puppy, you might need to hire someone to come in during the lunch hour and get the puppy out for a potty break. For those who love the Beagle personality but may not have the time or energy to keep up with a younger dog, a senior can be an ideal choice. Looking for a comfortable spot by the fire and lots of belly rubs, seniors can make phenomenal pets.

Some people worry that adopting a dog means they will get an animal that has been abused or mistreated. While this does sometimes occur, more often dogs end up in need of a new home for reasons that are completely unrelated to them. Divorce, change of job, new baby, or a move can sometimes result in the family being unable to keep the dog. It’s an unfortunate situation that occurs far too often and is in no way the dog’s fault.

Some dogs that are adopted will always be fully trained but many dogs will need some training. Even if the dog you adopt is already trained, taking an obedience class together is a great way to build the bond between you and your new dog. It’s also a good way to personalize training since what the Beagle’s previous owner wanted may not be what you want.

With a little patience and work, your new Beagle can become a phenomenal pet and excellent companion. If you intend to hunt with your new Beagle, you may wish to be a little fussier. This does not mean a rescue cannot become a great hunting companion but you will want to make sure that you don’t adopt a dog that is gun shy or has had a bad hunting experience. A dog that has had not hunt training can be trained and do well but a dog that has had a terrible experience is already starting a distinct disadvantage. It may be possible to overcome it but you will have your work cut out of it.

Regardless of where you get your next Beagle from, adopting a dog is a great way to give a home to a dog and add to your own pack.

Photo credit: Chris2907/Flickr

Should you have a concern regarding the health of your Beagle(s), you should contact your veterinarian. All information on this site is presented solely for educational and informational purposes and should not, at any time, be considered a substitute for seeking or receiving veterinary care for your Beagle(s).