Forget all the reasons why it won’t work,
and believe the one reason why it will.

This blog was originally written to encourage readers to vote for Beagle Freedom Project in a recent fundraising campaign. Though that campaign is over, BFP can always benefit from donations to help with the feeding, vetting, and care of the hounds they rescue from testing labs. You can donate here.

As you all probably know, Beagles have a very special place in my heart.

All 3 of my girls have been rescues, and all 3 have had special needs of some kind ranging from overcoming neglect and learning to be loved, losing a jawbone from abuse, or being fed up to 85-freaking-pounds and then handed over to animal control to be killed.

Over the years I’ve learned that Beagles are sweet, loving, smart, funny and extremely loyal.

They are also the laboratory research animal of choice.

Yes, that’s right. Beagles are routinely bred to be sold to laboratories across the country and the world as test subjects for cosmetics, household cleaners, foods and medications, in part because of their innocent, trusting natures.

Many of these babies spend their entire lives in a crate, in a test lab. Never feeling the love of a friend or the sun on their faces or the grass under their feet. Ever.

And often, when these labs are finished with these “test animals”  ~ they are killed.

That’s why the Beagle Freedom Project has a very special place in my heart, and why it’s the organization I’ve chosen to sponsor, through my photo website, to help bring change to the lives of some deserving little dogs.

The Beagle Freedom Project, based in Los Angeles, CA, rescues, rehabilitates and finds homes for former laboratory beagles from all over the world.

But that’s not all.

According to founder Shannon Keith, 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 animals through rescue, public education and outreach. ARME is dedicated to saving animals globally and ending animal exploitation.

All this from one small organization with some extremely dedicated and hard-working volunteers. It ain’t cheap, it ain’t easy. But nothing good ever IS.

And that’s why I’m asking for your help.

ARME has been nominated for a Chase Giving Grant.

There is the potential to win thousands of dollars.

But . . . the voting ends TODAY.

I’m asking, urging, begging, you to spend 2 minutes of your time (easily part of your FaceBook time!) to go to the Chase Community Giving site and vote for ARME.

It’s easy, it doesn’t require you to register for anything and you can potentially get extra votes if someone on FaceBook “likes” your vote.

The simple steps are here on the Beagle Freedom site.

I thank you, I thank you, I thank you! And those Beagles? They thank you too!

In case you did not see the video released when Beagle Freedom Project rescued 40 Beagles from a research laboratory in Spain, here you go. Watch these guys touch grass for the first time in their LIVES! And, because I love you, you can see more videos here.