PAWS Animal Adoption Center in Camden is one of ten animal welfare organizations across Maine that have collaborated with the Humane Society of the United States to receive dozens of beagles as part of the historic removal of beagles from a mass breeding facility in Virginia. This flight to Maine will mark the final transfer of the last remaining beagles from the facility to animal shelter partners for adoption.

The Humane Society of the United States has coordinated the removal of approximately 4,000 beagles housed at an Envigo RMS LLC facility in Cumberland, Va. which bred dogs to be sold to laboratories for animal experimentation.

“PAWS is excited to be chosen as one of the Maine shelters to receive some of the beagles,” said Shelly Butler, executive director of PAWS Animal Adoption Center. “These dogs have endured so much unpleasantness and have been forced to live in cages for too long. On Sunday we welcome these dogs to our facility where we will begin assessing their physical, mental, and social states so they can begin the healing process and to get ready for a real home. Through an abundance of love and care PAWS will help these dogs start a new life in Maine.”

The transfer plan has taken place in stages over the past 60 days. Wings of Rescue, a national pet transport nonprofit, will fly the beagles from an HSUS temporary shelter in Maryland to Northeast Air in Portland Sunday, Sept. 4.

Other organizations participating in this partnership include Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland (Westbrook), Animal Welfare Society (Kennebunk), Franklin County Humane Society (Farmington), Greater Androscoggin Humane Society (Lewiston), Humane Society Waterville Area (Waterville), Kennebec Valley Humane Society (Augusta), Pope Memorial Humane Society (Thomaston), Responsible Pet Care of Oxford Hills (South Paris), and Tall Tails Beagle Rescue (Mechanic Falls).