Castaway Pet Rescue is privileged to partner with a facility that utilizes beagles for research purposes. When the beagles are no longer needed for research studies, they are retired and released to our organization in order to find permanent and adoptive homes. If you are interested in adopting a former research dog, visit the “Our Pets” section to view profiles of our current adoptables. If there are no beagles available, please complete an adoption application and note that you are interested in a research beagle and you will be notified when one becomes available.


What are some Frequently Asked Questions about our Beagles?

What sort of research were the dogs involved in?

The dogs receive small amounts of drugs that are being investigated for use in humans. These are non-harmful doses that have no lasting effects. Blood samples were taken from the dog in order to determine whether or not the drug was sufficiently absorbed.

Why do animals have to be used in testing at all?

While great effort is placed in searching for artifical alternatives to animal testing, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) requires certain animal testing to be performed before approval is given to drug products intended for human use.

Are the dogs healthy?

The dogs are typically around 4-5 years of age when available for adoption and prior to being considered for adoption, blood “work” is done to evaluate the general health of the dog. To the best of our knowledge and the facility releasing the animal, these dogs are indeed healthy and suffer no long term effects from research that we are aware of. However, a dog of any breed can have spontaneous or inherited health issues which would not be detected with routine veterinary examinations.

Have the dogs been well treated and socialized?

The dogs come from a research facility that has high standards for care of their animals. Thus, the dogs are very friendly and love attention. In most instances have been part of a “Beagle Socialization Program” in which they interact with other dogs and people in “play mode.”

Do the dogs get along well with other pets?

The dogs have been housed with one or more other beagles. In most cases these dogs have done very well with other pets (e.g. other dogs, cats) and children. But keep in mind that each dog is an individual and our adoption counselors may recommend an alternative dog if we believe it is best for the well-being of the dog. Generally speaking, these dogs have such wonderful temperaments and dispositions that they are well suited for most any family.

What are some challenges to be expected?

In most instances, house training has gone very well. We recommend crate training, in which the dog is kept in a kennel when he/she cannot be closely monitored until house training has been completed. The time required for house training varies with the individual dog and the circumstances.

The dog may be hesitant about walking on a leash, going up and down stairs, and other activities they do not encounter in the research environment.

What about fostering rather than adopting?

We are in great need for foster families to provide homes for the dogs until a “Forever Family” can be found. We cover all neccessary expenses for all the dogs in foster care (including food, veterinary expenses, kennel if needed, etc.). All you need is a little time, a little love, and a place you call home.