After you submit your application an adoption counselor will contact you to learn about your lifestyle, home environment and everyone in it. We will also discuss what you are looking for in your new furry family member. Being flexible on a boy or girl beagle as well as a large age range will increase the chances of welcoming a beagle in a shorter time frame. Our team knows all of the SBR candidates and will work with you one-on-one to find the right fitting beagle for your home.
Beagles are very unique little characters. Do not even consider adding a beagle to your family based on looks alone. Behind that sweet face is a very stubborn and single-minded scent-hound! Do your research - talk to vets, talk to beagle owners, read books, talk to us.
Beagles are clever and they are fantastic athletes. Make sure all gates, doors and fencing are in good working order. Repair and secure all before you bring your new beagle home.
Beagles have been known to open gate latches. Secure with clip locks. Beagles can let themselves out of yards if a fence is in disrepair or has low or weak spots. You do not want your new beagle lost or injured before they become accustomed to your home. Do a thorough once over to make sure your beagle will be safe and secure in your home & yard.
Here are the basics you will need to have on hand for your newly adopted beagle.
Do thorough research on food types, talk to your veterinarian and talk with suppliers of pet food. With so many great pet stores offering a wide variety of top quality food, it’s really your choice, and what your new dog will eat. Sometimes in the beginning it might be trial and error so perhaps small bags to start with until your find the right one.
SBR will help select the best candidate to fit your life and all in it. If your home includes other dogs, cats or kids of any age it is best to be prepared to follow integration guidelines to insure the best chance for full integration and a happy life together. It can sometimes take time and effort, but the end results are unconditional love for a lifetime. GO SLOW, TAKE TIME. Knowing what steps to follow and more important what NOT to do will help everyone. Click appropriate links for successful integration tips that apply to you. Be prepared by educating yourself on what will work.
Beagles LOVE their human family. Your new beagle should always sleep inside the house, preferably in the same room as a family member, especially at first. Do not expect your beagle to sleep in a remote room such as kitchen or laundry room which makes your new beagle feel isolated rather than included. A crate in your bedroom is a great integration tool helping your dog feel safe, avoid accidents, and prevent anxiety. And beagles love to sleep on the bed with their family!
The simple answer to this question is to integrate your beagle by taking baby steps. Your new beagle has a lot to learn and get used to. Every home is different; every beagle is different. It will take time and patience. The most important thing to remember is that SBR is here to help you after adoption with advice and to answer questions to help your new beagle fully integrate. Remember that you’ve made a life-long commitment to your new rescue dog.
Here are links on the most common questions people have when bringing home a new beagle.
SBR treats health issues that are apparent when beagles come into our rescue or conditions that develop during their time with us in volunteer foster homes. SBR may treat health issues that develop during their time with Foster-to-Adopt homes, with prior approval from our Medical Coordinator and are not obviously the result of the trial adopter's behavior and activities. Owner surrenders to SBR often come with their medical history and records, but sometimes this information is not available. Dogs that we pull from shelters often come without much history and we must evaluate visually from experience. SBR will always divulge any conditions that are known and treatment protocols.
Even with the most careful and thoughtful selection on adoption day…life can happen, things can change. If for any reason, the beagle you adopt is not the right fit, or you can no longer care for the beagle, SBR will take them back. If it’s not the right fit, we will work with you to find a better fit for your home and family. We ask you to connect with SBR to make arrangements to return your dog to the rescue. Situations where an adopted beagle bites a person or attacks another animal, will have to be considered on a case-by-case basis.
We are fortunate to have adopters come from all corners of the Pacific Northwest and Canada to work with our team to adopt the perfect beagle for them. No matter where you live, our policy is that all parties (human and dogs) must come to meet adoption candidates in person, so we will not fly a beagle to you. This is the only way to observe the interaction and ensure a responsible lifetime match. If you, and all in your home are up for a trip to the Seattle area, we welcome your application. Should the adoption not be for life, the beagle must be returned back to SBR. Out of area adoptions are fine as long as you travel to us to adopt and commit to travel to return a beagle if need be.
We generally request that children be 5 years or older. Beagles are so food motivated that you will have a better experience with older children. We do make rare exceptions so every application is equally reviewed and interviewed by an Adoption Counselor.
Sorry, no. Strays have to go to a shelter to give their owner a chance to find them during a stray hold period. We are happy to assist the shelter in placing a beagle if they request it. Please contact your local animal shelter for further information.
Sorry, no. Our policy is we do not adopt to homes with invisible fence systems in place. Beagles are a scent driven hound that will follow its nose miles away from home. Due to this ingrained trait, a beagle will not have a problem crossing an invisible fence perimeter to follow that rabbit or squirrel. However, when the chase if over and there is no high desirable item to follow home, a beagle will not cross the invisible fence perimeter to go back home. And invisible fence will not keep other dangerous creatures from getting to your beagle as well. Here is some good information on invisible fences: https:// www.petmd.com/dog/training/why-invisible-fences-dont-work Electric and barbed wire fences are not acceptable either.
A fenced yard is preferable as beagles need to be able to explore and use their noses to sniff around the yard, so a 6' fence works best. Beagles also tend to be loud barkers and escape artists so a taller fence helps. However, in some cases a specific beagle can do well in an apartment/condo or unfenced house. If we have an apartment appropriate beagle, we will try to prioritize applicants in these types of home environments. However, we will not adopt to a home that desires to use a bark collar. In this case, a beagle may not be the right fit for you home.
Indeed we are and have been for years, since January 2002. Judy and Kim were our founders, along with 3 other beagle passionate people. We started out being part of another rescue before we branched off. We are an IRS approved non-profit, Tax ID #03-0377785.
Many places: private homes, local shelters, out-of-state shelters and rescues, lab-release and international rescue partners in Mexico and Asia.
We are a foster-based rescue, so we do not have a central shelter for people to stop and say hello. Our dogs are either in a foster home or on their way to the Pacific Northwest from a rescue partner. Please fill out an adoption application and an Adoption Counselor will contact you.