About Beagle Freedom Project


Beagle Freedom Project began in December 2010 when Shannon Keith received information that beagles who were used for animal experiments in a research lab were to be given a chance at freedom. Our mission is rescuing and finding homes for beagles used in laboratory research.

Beagles are the most popular breed for lab use because of their friendly, docile, trusting, forgiving, people-pleasing personalities. The research industry says they adapt well to living in a cage, and are inexpensive to feed. Research beagles are usually obtained directly from commercial breeders who specifically breed dogs to sell to scientific institutions.

Testing done on beagles in university and other research facilities includes medical/pharmaceutical, household products and cosmetics. When they are no longer wanted for research purposes, some labs attempt to find homes for adoptable, healthy beagles. Working directly with these labs, Beagle Freedom Project is able to remove and transport beagles to place them in loving homes. All rescues are done legally with the cooperation of the facility.

Anyone interested in fostering or adopting a lab beagle should be aware of the challenges these dogs have. They will not be accustomed to life in a home and will not have experience with children, cats, or other dogs. They will not be house-trained and accidents will happen, although they learn quickly. Many have gone directly from a commercial breeder to the lab, and have never felt grass under their feet or even seen the sun. They will have been fed a special diet formulated for lab animals and may be difficult to adjust to new foods. They will be unfamiliar with treats, toys, bedding and may never have walked on a leash. They will have lived in cages with steel wire floors and may have inflamed or infected paws from the pressure. They may be fearful of people initially and may have phobias from a lifetime in confinement or from being restrained. They are likely to have been surgically de-barked by the breeder and have an ID number tattooed in their ear. Please also be aware that although these beagles are considered healthy, you will be given very little information about the beagle’s medical history, and you will not be told its origins or what kind of testing they may have been used for.

With time, patience, play, companionship, love – and most of all, freedom – these dogs will learn how to become dogs, and their transformation will be amazing.

Our hope is that with your help, we can encourage more research labs to release animals and give them a chance at life, instead of destroying adoptable pets.

Beagle Freedom Project is a service of Animal Rescue, Media & Education (ARME). Founded in 2004, ARME is a nonprofit advocacy group created to eliminate the suffering of all animals through rescue, public education and outreach. ARME has found homes for thousands of homeless and abandoned animals. In 2004 ARME organized the first-ever "Shelter Drive" to provide creature comforts to homeless animals such as beds, toys and treats. ARME’s Shelter Drive became an annual tradition uniting volunteers with businesses that allowed drop boxes for donations. ARME’s compassionate army also helps feed and shelter displaced animals when Southern California fires strike residential areas. As a 501(c)(3) organization contributions to ARME are tax-deductible. To donate please click here. For more information please see www.armetea.org.

Please note: If you are contacted by an individual claiming to be Maurice Aguirre on behalf of Beagle Freedom Project, this person is in no way associated with us. He is not a member of staff at Beagle Freedom Project, he does not represent BFP and he is not authorized to speak on our behalf.

About the Team

Shannon Keith

Shannon Keith

Shannon is the president and founder of Beagle Freedom Project. Shannon is also an animal rights attorney and international speaker on animal rights issues. Follow Shannon on Twitter.

Kevin Chase

Kevin Chase

Kevin is the Director of Operations for Beagle Freedom Project. An animal activist for 15 plus years, Kevin has been at the helm of several successful Animal Rights campaigns. Kevin brings a creative intensity and enthusiasm to Beagle Freedom Project.


Ryan Moore

Ryan is the Vice President of Social Media & Social Media Fundraising for Beagle Freedom Project & ARME. Ryan is also the Founder & CEO of RM Social Media & Fundraising. He became a huge animal advocate after going vegetarian in 2008 and then vegan in 2009. Ryan is the proud father of BFP's second cat rescue, Bowie, and two of our rescued bunnies. Ryan lives in San Francisco with his other rescued cat and two adopted dogs. You can follow Ryan on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.


Paul Rousseau

Dr. Paul Rousseau

Paul is the scientific adviser for Beagle Freedom Project. He has been an academic physician for 30 years, and has supported the use of non-animal research to better enable us to treat disease in an ethical, moral, and medically sound manner, and in so doing, eliminate the unbearable and needless suffering that laboratory animals endure on a daily basis.

Kevin Lien

Kevin Lien

Kevin is the webmaster for Beagle Freedom Project. Kevin is also the owner of the vegan clothing line The Vegan Collection. A vegan for 23 year and counting, he along with his wife are the parents of four wonderful dogs adopted from Los Angeles shelters. Follow the Vegan Collection on Twitter.

Lorna Campbell

Lorna Campbell

Lorna has worked in animal welfare since she arrived in the US six years ago. Previously, in her home country of Scotland, she was a newspaper journalist. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two dogs, Belle and Harris. Belle was rescued from a California laboratory in August 2012 by Beagle Freedom Project. Follow Lorna on Twitter.

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