Is Adoption in the Cards for Your Next Beagle?

  1. GPS1504
    The acquisition of rabbit dogs can be a very particular thing for some individuals. In a recent article, we touched on picking out a puppy and the qualities you might like a puppy to possess. Depending on who you ask, you may be given different reasons as to why a certain puppy is or is not the best in a litter. Bloodlines are of high significance and certain lines are favored over others. Although there are many factors that go in to the decision of picking out a dog, what if all of that was wiped clean across the board and only unknown variables remained?

    For one thing, how do you know a dog's place in the litter if the litter is not present? For those who say you should always pick the one with the most black or perhaps the runt, knowing these things could be impossible if you are faced with a lone pup. If the comparison amongst litter mates is removed, are you still interested in looking at that particular dog?

    Photo: Friends of Jackson County Animal Shelter Pets

    On top of that, what if the Beagle you are looking at is not a pup at all, but an adult dog? Adult dogs have a lot to offer, especially those that are trained and have field experience. Those dogs are often sold and proven performance replaces the need to see that dog in comparison against litter mates. When you know a dog will do its job, it is much easier to determine if that dog has a place in your home.

    But what about the dogs who did not have a place in anyone's home or pack and were filtered into the shelter pipeline? They could be there through no fault of their own and simply because of bad luck. Owners die and families don't always want to retain that person's animals. Families take on dogs that are not always a good fit for their environment and sometimes give them up. Perhaps the dog got lost and an owner never came forward to pay the impound fees. Of course, it is entirely possible that the dog may have been surrendered for many other reasons, but the bottom line is that shelter dogs are often shrouded in a mystery we are not able to instantly understand.

    Photo: Friends of Jackson County Animal Shelter Pets

    I recently came across a Beagle in my local shelter. He looks like a decent dog. His markings are nice and he's put together well enough. Why that dog is there we may never know, but the question that remains is would you give a shelter Beagle a chance to become a part of your pack? Although it is entirely possible that the dog may have been surrendered because of a failure to hunt, he could have been lost or surrendered for other reasons. There is only one way to find out, but having run across a nice looking Beagle in a shelter, would you be willing to take a chance on him or her and bring that dog home?

    Statistics on Beagle surrender and euthanasia are not readily available due to most shelters either not tracking or not reporting the breeds that filter through. The Humane Society of the United States estimates that between 6-8 million dogs see the inside of a shelter annually. Of that number, half, or 3-4 million, are euthanized. Even if Beagles account for 1% of the lower euthanasia figure, that is still 30,000 dogs put down annually. Whether or not that is true is anyone's guess without statistical proof, but the only fact that can be garnered regarding dogs in shelters is that some of them are Beagles.

    Photo: Friends of Jackson County Animal Shelter Pets

    Where you get your rabbit dogs from is a personal choice that is respected by the rabbit hunting community. Everyone knows that a sure bet is always better than a gamble. Even so, if you prefer a game of chance, there are plenty of Beagle rescues that can help you find a dog if that is an avenue you wish to pursue. The only roadblock you may face in that most hunters prefer not to spay and neuter while shelters and rescues do tend to require those procedures be done on the dogs they adopt out.

    Is a shelter Beagle something you would be willing to embrace? Why or why not? Let us know in the comments!

    If you wish to know more about the Beagle pictured, contact the Jackson County Animal Shelter in Gautier, MS at (228) 497-6350 or check out the Friends of Jackson County Animal Shelter Pets Facebook page.

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  1. GPS1504
    I agree. One of my best, most loyal dogs is a shelter dog. She's a herding dog as opposed to a hunting dog, but a great one nonetheless.
  2. rockybayoubeagles
    Shelter dogs often seem to know that they're rescued and are loyal for it. Clyde in this article is a very good looking dog. Definitely doesn't appear to be a full blooded beagle, but I bet he can still hunt!