Lily is a 5-year-old beagle who was retired from medical research in 2017. She gets severe anxiety anytime she goes on a car ride. Before discovering Treatibles, she would shake and drool until the car ride was over. She is now given Treatibles chews prior to car rides, allowing her to relax and enjoy her time in the car. She now loves her trips to the park!
Juno is not only the CFA (chief freegle ambassador) for the BeFreegle Foundation, she is the original freegle, the beagle that inspired her mom Kate to create the BeFreegle Foundation. Juno, now 12 years old, retired from biomedical research in 2010. Juno loves Treatibles, with Tater’s Sweet Potato Tots being her favorite. She also loves digging in the backyard and aroooooing the song of her people outside every morning. Sadly, she has a terrible fear of thunderstorms. Treatibles are given to her when a storm is approaching. The chews help to keep this sweet little girl calm until the storm passes and she can continue her excavation of the backyard.
Maya, also known as Maya Papaya, is an 8-year-old beagle who retired from biomedical research in 2013. Maya is a sweet beagle girl who loves hiking and snuggling with her favorite humans. She also has separation anxiety and doesn’t like when her humans have to go to work. She gets a Treatibles chew before her humans leave each day for work. This really helps take the edge off her anxiety and allows her to rest peacefully with her canine siblings while her humans are at work.
Millie is a 1-1/2-year-old purebred beagle who retired from biomedical research in January 2020. We are thrilled to report that she was recently adopted by her forever family. She is a sweet and very social girl who loves people, especially kids, and other dogs. Millie enjoys Treatibles before car rides to help with motion sickness.
Celia is a 1-1/2-year-old purebred beagle who retired from biomedical research in January of 2020. She is available for adoption. Celia is an active girl who loves to run zoomies in the yard at her fostered home. She’s an excellent cuddler and is working hard on her house training and leash walking skills. Celia is hoping for a forever home soon with another dog to play with.
“We give [Treatibles] to all of our freegles to help take the edge off any anxiety they may have as they transition to their new leash on life. We give them Treatibles chews before a car ride, adoption event, or even in their foster home if they need a little help”
– Kate Aubry, President and Founder of BeFreegle Foundation
BeFreegle Foundation is a unique not for profit organization dedicated to providing sanctuary and rehabilitation for dogs that have been used in research laboratories. Officially founded in late 2013 and launched in 2014, BeFreegle’s mission is to provide former research dogs a new leash on life through release, fostering and eventual adoption. To date, more than 200 retired research dogs have found their forever home through BeFreegle.
“We are committed to helping retired laboratory dogs live out the remainder of their years as beloved pets in forever homes,” said Kate Aubry, President and Founder of BeFreegle Foundation. “Our ultimate goal is to give these dogs a new leash on life.”
“Our dogs come from a biomedical research environment and the transition from lab to foster home can be very stressful for them,” shared Kate. “Dogs, mostly beagles, are used in medical research as mandated by the FDA. Coming to us, they have no real world experience and can be easily stressed and overwhelmed by all of the sights and sounds of everyday life we take for granted.”
Through truly amazing foster families, these special former research dogs are transformed into adoptable dogs, ready for their forever homes.
“We discovered Treatibles through one of our adopters. Their ‘freegle’ (retired research beagle) Apollo, was having difficulty with motion sickness in the car. His mom told us about this amazing product, Treatibles, that helped Apollo learn to love car rides! Since learning about Treatibles we give them to all of our freegles to help take the edge off any anxiety they may have as they transition to their new leash on life. We give them Treatibles chews before a car ride, adoption event, or even in their foster home if they need a little help,” offered Kate.
The Foundation relies on donations from both the private and public sectors. Every donation made to the BeFreegle Foundation goes directly to providing transportation for dogs from research facilities, veterinary care for all of the dogs in the organization’s foster care, exceptional training for fosters and volunteers, supplies to keep the dogs fed and healthy, and education and awareness within local communities about the need for good homes for former research animals
For fundraising and donation information, please visit https://befreeglefoundation.org/donate/ or call 1-844-BeFreegle ext. 10.
BeFreegle Foundation is a not for profit, charitable organization formed under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. Donations to the BeFreegle Foundation are tax-deductible as charitable contributions for US federal income tax purposes. There are no donation limits or restrictions on contributions to the BeFreegle Foundation.