Helen Woodward Animal Center Part of Largest Dog Rescue Mission in U.S.


Beagles Rescued From Lab-Testing Breeding Facility Arrive at the Center


Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.  (July 22, 2022) – Over 4,000 beagles at a Virginia mass breeding facility, bred for lab testing purposes, are being released from the facility after an investigation uncovered inhumane animal treatment, such as inadequate veterinary care and insufficient food. Thursday, as the Department of Justice began the process of shutting the facility down, the first 432 beagles were removed with some making their way to the West Coast. Helen Woodward Animal Center is honored to assist as 43 of these beagles arrived at the Center for medical checks before heading to foster homes in preparation for adoption.



This initiative is part of the Humane Society of the United States’ ‘largest operation ever.’ A seventh month investigation by the U.S. Department of Agriculture found over 70 Animal Welfare Act violations at the Virginia facility named Envigo. The disturbing conditions include being held in unsafe temperatures and unneeded euthanizing, some without anesthesia.

Animal Rescue Organizations from California, Wyoming, and Texas are opening their doors to the 4,000 canines this week. The Helen Woodward Animal Center is one of two California organizations (and the only in San Diego) to be a part of this incredible life-saving mission.




“This has been a challenging year for many shelters and we know that trying to find organizations that have the room for such a large number of canines is tough” stated Helen Woodward Animal Center Adoption Services Director Hella Tyler. “We are grateful to have such an extraordinary group of foster families that can help us save these lives.  These puppies really need love and human kindness to show them all of the wonderful things a normal puppy’s life should provide. We couldn’t be more thrilled to assist with this rescue.”To donate to assist with this rescue, please click on:  www.AnimalCenter.org/BeagleRescue

Because of the huge intake, the Center is also in need of some supplies to send off with the fosters including x-pens, toys, bowls, and leashes. These supplies will help the rescued pups feel more comfortable after their traumatic upbringing. If you would like to help with supply donations please donate gently used items or head to our Beagle Rescue Amazon Wish List.


Due to the high volume of adoption requests received, Helen Woodward Animal Center Staff will be contacting potential adopters after applications have been submitted.

Please find the adoption application at https://www.cognitoforms.com/HelenWoodwardAnimalCenter1/ApplicationToBeConsideredToAdoptBeaglesFromEnvigo


Due to Hurricane Hilary, all  departments will be closing at 3pm today.  Stay safe!