- 7 years ago
- Wedding: October 2008
I am, admittedly, a huge dog lover (given the choice I typically like dogs more than most people). Since adopting our yellow lab, I’ve realized more and more how selfless, judgement-free, loving, and accepting dogs are, and the thougth that people harm them or abuse them just absolutely breaks my heart.
Someone sent me this video and an accompanying article last night and it tells the story of 72 beagles who were rescued from a lab in Spain where they were having chemicals tested on them (and I learned most dogs used in testing have chemicals, pesticides, or pharamceuticals tested on them until they are slowly poisioned). They lived their whole lives in metal cages and had never interacted with other dogs, seen the sunlight, or felt the grass. The article said that beagles are specifically targeted for testing because of their docile and trusting nature. Of the 72 dogs rescued, 37 were adopted in Europe, and the rest were flown to LA to be adopted in the US. This video follows just a few of them after their rescue and arrival in the US. There are only a few times in my life when I can say I LITERALLY ‘burst into tears’, but that was my honest, gut reaction when I saw this video.
It inspired me to email all of the rescue organizations in my area seeking volunteer opportunities (something I’ve been saying I wanted to do for a while now). I hope it inspires others too. If nothing else, this is a heartbreaking but also joyous and touching video that reminds us that anmials need our help and protection!! Watch and share it!