Grete & Dobb
/ Terri Fraser
I first became aware that animals were
still being used for cosmetic and household products testing in 2014 when I ran across a video online that showed nine beagles in Las Vegas touching grass for the very first time in their entire lives. Can you imagine? That video moved me so much that I had to do something. I reached out to the rescue organization and applied to adopt an exresearch beagle. Within a week, I received a phone call from Beagle Freedom Project (BFP), and a few weeks later I was giving my very first freedom ride to a special little senior beagle named Nelly who had spent 10 years as a research subject. That little girl would forever change my life and open my eyes to the business of animal testing. She was brave and quirky; she was a fighter; and most importantly she was filled with love and forgiveness. Nelly thoroughly enjoyed her life as what we affectionately call a Freagle—A Free Beagle. She became the poster child of a true survivor for BFP. My heart shattered into a million pieces
10 | Freedom
Photo by Matt Stamey
in late 2017 when Nelly passed away due to complications from her time as a research subject, but I knew she’d want me to open my heart to another survivor. I contacted BFP a few weeks later and let them know that I’d be interested in adopting another beagle. As it turned out, there’d recently been a research facility release that had not yet been made public, and there were several dogs that would be coming up for adoption. It took about a month to coordinate, but I was able to help transport four female beagles to their new homes here in Jacksonville! One of those little girls was Gretel, who was bred by a breeder who specifically sells baby beagles for animal testing purposes. Gretel is among the lucky few released by animal testing facilities to a life of freedom when their usefulness as a test subject ends.