Humane Animal Rescue of Pittsburgh (HARP) was among five local organizations including Animal Friends, Beaver County Humane Society, Butler County Humane Society, and Washington Area Humane Society that teamed up for a cooperative rescue and transport effort to transport 21 beagles to western Pennsylvania. The dogs were relocated from the Virginia-based Envigo facility that breeds beagles for the laboratory industry after an investigation conducted by the Humane Society of the United States resulted in the surrender of up to 4,000 dogs in July.

Of the 21 beagles that arrived at HARP’s North Side location on Monday evening, 4 will remain in HARP’s care.

Due to the tremendous interest in the beagles, we have created this page to help answer the most frequently asked questions:

Can I adopt one of the beagles?

The 4 male beagles (8 months) at HARP are currently being evaluated and receiving care from our medical and animal care teams. Staff will also be working with the animals to help them adjust to their new surroundings and prepare them for adoption. They are not available for adoption at this time and we will not be accepting applications for the beagles until they are ready for loving homes. Please continue to check our website for updates!

There are many other animals currently available for looking for their forever family. To learn more, go to

Can I foster one of the beagles?

The beagles are still being evaluated and we are unsure how many will need fostering at this time. However, HARP is always in need of foster parents! To learn more about our foster program, click here.

I called about the beagles and no one has returned my call yet. When can I expect a call?

We’ve been receiving numerous calls, emails and messages from supporters wanting more information on the beagles. We are so moved by the outpouring of support and want to thank everyone for the love! While we strive to answer every message we receive, our first priority is ensuring the animals in our care receive the best care possible. We put together this page in the hopes of answering the most common questions we’re receiving in the most efficient way. We thank you for your patience!

Can I come and visit the beagles?

The beagles are still being individually evaluated and are not ready to meet the public at this time. We will update everyone when they are ready for visitors!

How can I help the beagles and the other animals in your care?

HARP and partners in the rescue are always in need of community support. Please consider supporting by donating (financial or items for the shelter’s wish list), volunteering, fostering or adopting – whether it be an animal from this rescue operation or any of the many animals currently available for adoption.

If you’d like to donate, please click here. Thank you for your compassion and support.