BANGALORE, India — 156 Beagles felt the warm embrace of sunlight for the first time in their lives after being freed from an animal testing facility in India.
Earlier this year, and agreement was made between the Committee for the Purpose of Control and Supervision of Experiments on Animals (CPCSEA) and 665 laboratories that stated dogs couldn’t be tested on for more than three years. The government also prohibited testing soaps and detergents on animals.
42 of these Beagles were released to Compassion Unlimited Plus Action (CUPA) who are dedicated to re-homing these dogs.
Under the care of CUPA, these dogs are receiving their first baths, first ear cleanings, first hugs and first rubs. Seven volunteers are making sure these dogs will learn to trust humans and to adapt to their new lives.
“They are still hesitant to meet people. When they came out of the lab, they were visibly terrified. They were always kept in the dark and did not know about the outer world,’ Chinthana Gopinath, a volunteer at the CUPA, told The Daily Mail UK.
“Some could not even walk properly and were wobbling as they had never walked! They looked for dark corners and hesitated when our volunteers approached them. But thankfully none of them were sick.”
One of the most heart-warming moments was when the dogs stepped outside for the first time. After spending their whole lives inside cages without much food, it was truly a moment of freedom.
CUPA has even held their own adoption meeting with potential new families for these innocent dogs. 25 have already found their future forever families.
The remaining dogs are being fostered with CUPA’s foster parter, Hotel for Dogs. There the dogs will learn about home and family life which is vastly different from their cold, metal cages.
“These dogs need extra amount of love, care and attention,” Chinthana told The Daily Mail UK.
“We are looking for loving homes where they will get the best life ahead,”
If you’d like to keep up to date the the progress of these strong pups, you can visit the CUPA Facebook page.