Earlier this year, on two separate occasions, hundreds and thousands of beagles were rescued from an animal research breeding center in Virginia. 43 of these beagles ended up at the Helen Woodward Animal Center, a California shelter, where several of them were able to celebrate their first birthdays during the rescue’s DOGust event.
According to a statement from the Helen Woodward Animal Center, DOGust is “the unofficial birthday of all shelter dogs whose birthdays are unknown.” This year, the dogs at the shelter were able to celebrate with a ‘paw-rtys’ birthday party, including pupcakes, gifts and lots of love and attention from staff members.
For Sheffield, Cambridge and Wales, three baby beagles who had just arrived at the shelter a week earlier, the birthday party likely marked the first time they were given treats or toys. “Their tails are all wagging, the birthday party was an exciting new experience for the furry group,” the shelter said. “It is a special privilege to witness the milestones of their journey to understanding love.”
Host families also participated in the celebrations at home. Edinburgh, nicknamed Honey and believed to be six, threw a princess-themed party. A “7” shaped birthday candle adorned her pupcake and she wore a “Happy Birthday” crown alongside her human siblings.
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According to the shelter, the rescue of these beagles is part of the largest operation by the Humane Society of the United States, after seven months of investigating dozens of animal welfare law violations at Envigo, the facility. from where the dogs were rescued.
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