Homeward Trails Animal Rescue Assists in the Rescue of 4,000 Beagles

FAIRFAX, Va.July 12, 2022PRLog — Homeward Trails Animal Rescue, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides pet adoption in Virginia, Washington, D.C. and Maryland, today announced the rescue will be assisting with the transfer of 4,000 Beagles from breeding facility Envigo.

Following Virginia legislative actions and a 2021 PETA undercover investigation of the massive Envigo breeding factory in Cumberland, Virginia, Homeward Trails negotiated a deal to receive 500 beagles that had become surplus during the COVID-19 pandemic and place them for adoption starting in April 2022.

Following the initial rescue, the 2022 Virginia legislature unanimously passed several bills enforcing better treatment of the dogs at Envigo.

According to USDA reports, Envigo’s facility committed 70 animal rights violations, including more than 300 puppy deaths in the beginning of 2021 from unknown causes, inhumanely euthanizing puppies, severe skin problems and dental disease among dogs, as well as dogs wounded in dog fights. This led to further action by the United States Department of Justice, ultimately resulting in the closure of the Cumberland facility.

Senior United States District Court Judge Norman K. Moon approved a joint plan of the U.S. Department of Justice and Envigo to remove approximately 4,000 surviving dogs from the Cumberland, Virginia, facility. Homeward Trails is partnering with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) to remove the Beagles and secure foster and adoptive homes for them in the next sixty days.

“This is one of the largest dog rescue efforts ever coordinated and has truly been a group effort. To know that these dogs will get to have the lives they deserve and not languish in cages for the rest of their lives is just so rewarding,” said Sue Bell, executive director of Homeward Trails. “For months now, we have witnessed first-hand the joy these dogs experience when their feet touch grass for the first time, they get a bone to chew on, and they experience love from a human being.”

In the next few weeks, Homeward Trails and HSUS will begin moving dogs off the premises. HSUS will be hosting an active website of the various groups that take in these Beagles by geography. To apply to adopt a Beagle in the Washington, DC area from Homeward Trails, email info@homewardtrails.org. Tax-deductible donations towards the medical care of these dogs can be made at www.homewardtrails.org

To learn more about Homeward Trails and its efforts to rescue animals, visit www.homewardtrails.org.

About Homeward Trails

Homeward Trails Animal Rescue is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides pet adoption in Virginia, Washington, DC and Maryland. We find homes for dogs and cats rescued from low-income, rural animal shelters or whose owners can no longer care for them; abandoned hunting dogs who are dumped in woods or left at shelters; owned pets whose owners can no longer care for them; and animals who have been injured, abused and neglected. We have helped internationally as well: we have rescued dogs from Thailand, China, Korea, Russia, Peru, Greece and Kuwait. And we have run a full-time program in Puerto Rico for 4 years, rescuing more than 450 dogs and providing Trap-Neuter-Return services for more than 500 cats.

Search and Rescue – IFB Rabah off New Mangalore

Consolidating the ongoing Search and Rescue efforts for the missing fishermen at sea off the coast of New Mangalore, the specialised Diving Support Vessel – INS Nireekshak was pressed into action by Indian Navy to undertake deep sea diving operations using specialised equipment and naval divers on 16 Apr 21. The ship was able to recover three bodies the same day and handed them over to local authorities at New Mangalore on 17 April 2021. The ship is continuing with the next phase of underwater search operations in the area to locate the remaining six missing fishermen.

Indian Navy ships Subhadra and Tillangchang, along with naval aircraft from Naval Air Station in Goa had been deployed since 14 Apr 21 for the Search and Rescue of missing fishermen after the Indian Fishing Boat Rabah had collided with Singapore registered vessel MV APL Le Havre, 41 Nautical Miles west of New Mangalore on 13 April 2021. Out of the 14 crew members onboard the fishing vessel, two crew members were rescued immediately post collision by the Master of MV APL Le Havre whilst three dead bodies were recovered subsequently in the search.

Based on request from the Department of Fisheries, Govt of Tamil Nadu to undertake underwater search operations, Indian Naval Ship Nireekshak – a specialised Diving Support Vessel, was deployed on 15 Apr 21 to search for the remaining crew likely to be trapped inside the submerged boat (depth in the area approx 130 m – 200m). The diving team embarked onboard the ship had successfully located the sunken boat on 16 April and subsequently recovered three bodies.

The ship is back in the area to continue with the search for the remaining six missing fishermen.



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The Red Dog Dash

The Little Red Dog, Inc. (TLRD) aims to help all new and old pet parents everywhere with their dog walking and training issues. The Red Dog Dash, a nationwide 7 day walk-your-dog-a-thon, kicked off on March 13 and will end on March 20; aims to advocate the importance of walking your dog, raise funds to save more lives and most importantly to have some fun. “TLRD takes dog behavior seriously, and want to help people with their training questions. The issues are exacerbated with all of the new dog owners due to the pandemic, and TLRD wants to help them as well as all of those owners who struggle with walking their dogs or training issues,” says PJ Rosch, CEO & Top Dog of TLRD.

This is a free event to participate in and where participants will be encouraged to walk their dogs twice a day, receive daily training video tips, have access to a Facebook group, daily livestreams with our trainers, partake in fun challenges for giveaways, and so much more that The Little Red Dog, Inc. is super excited about. It will also end on Saturday, March 20 with a nationwide pack walk celebration where all participants will walk their dogs at the same time.

If you’re interested, you can also set up a team fundraising page for the whole company to partake in. The goal is to raise $25,000 during the week of the event to help TLRD continue saving the dogs that need help. Best Life Leashes is the sole sponsor for this event. Check them out here.

You can find more info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/red-dog-dash-2021-tickets-142010765021
For more information about The Little Red Dog, visit www.TheLittleRedDog.info

The Red Dog Dash
Date: March 13-March 20

About The Little Red Dog
The Little Red Dog (TLRD) was founded to rescue unwanted dogs from high kill shelters throughout Southern California, and secure their safety in loving forever homes. TLRD was founded in memory of The Little Red dog and other abused dogs from the Michael Vick dog fighting case and strives to prevent homeless dogs through rescue, training, behavior education, and adoption coordination. Since 2011, TLRD has rescued over 3,500 dogs and placed them into loving forever homes. For more information, visit https://thelittlereddog.org/

About Best Life Leashes
At Best Life Leashes, we have one goal: build quality dog leashes that inspire more people to rescue dogs. It’s a fact that when people hear rescue stories or see that others chose to rescue a dog, they are inspired to do the same. We’ve specifically designed the signature two white stripes on our leashes to be the official symbol for rescue dogs. Proudly let others know that your dog is a rescue and help to end the misconceptions about rescue dogs without having to say a word.


Canada – Search and Rescue stations across Ontario open for 2021 recreational boating season

Four of the Canadian Coast Guard’s seasonally operated lifeboat stations on the Great Lakes will open on March 22, 2021. This includes the stations in Amherstburg, Kingston, Port Dover, and Port Weller, Ontario.

The Coast Guard’s remaining lifeboat stations in Ontario on the Great Lakes will open on the following dates:

Cobourg – April 2, 2021
Goderich, Meaford, and Tobermory – April 9, 2021
Thunder Bay – April 16, 2021

Waterways remain very cold at this time of year and take much longer to warm up when compared to the air, so boaters should ensure they take necessary precautions when near or on Ontario’s waterways. Transport Canada’s Safe Boating Guide is an excellent source of information in preparation for the recreational boating season.

Emergencies on the water can be reported 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, toll-free (within Canada) at 1-800-267-7270, or via marine VHF radio – channel 16.