In just nine years, B.O.N.E.S. has rescued more than 1,250 beagles
that were surrendered, abandoned, neglected or abused, and found loving, adoptive homes for them
throughout New England!
Additionally, the Sensational Senior Beagle Program was established to provide senior dogs
a home with a "supported adoption" for their remaining years.
We can only continue to rescue beagles with your help.
The stories below are just a few of the happy endings made possible by
our dedicated team of volunteers and the generous donations of supporters like you...
Ferguson (Fergy) spent his first three years in a research facility before being released to B.O.N.E.S. Upon arrival at his foster home, Fergy's foster mom carried his crate into her backyard. With a leap of faith, Fergy flew out of his crate to experience his first time stepping on grass and being in an open space.
Fergy took all of his "firsts" in stride and that beagle tail never stopped wagging. With love, patience, and many food rewards, Fergy began to appreciate life as a cherished family member. He mastered housetraining, climbing stairs, playing with other dogs and living in a house.
On the way home from his first beach outing, Fergy's foster mom remembered that a one year celebration was happening at the local dog park. They stopped by and Fergy's personality made him an instant hit.
Lisa, a local shelter and dog park volunteer, was there and had recently visited the B.O.N.E.S. website looking for the right pup after losing her beloved dog. Once Lisa held Fergy and learned he was available, she knew she could love again. It was serendipity - Fergy and Lisa were meant for each other.
Lisa and her mother officially adopted Fergy and renamed him "Cooper." They are thrilled to hear the pitter patter of little paws in their home again. As the adoption was being finalized, Lisa's mom said to Cooper's foster mom, "Thank you for bringing joy to our home again.
A pet store contacted B.O.N.E.S. about a sick pup that needed help to survive. The product of puppy mill breeding, she had a liver disease and we knew she had a long and tough battle ahead, so she was named "Hope."
When she first arrived in foster care, she did not act like a typical six-month-old beagle. She only weighed nine pounds, played very little during the day and was only awake for about an hour or so in the evening.
Hope endured extensive medical workups that would ultimately lead to liver shunt surgery. She was also fed a special diet for her liver condition, learned housetraining, to walk on grass and to navigate stairs.
After ten months of nurturing in foster care, Hope was ready for adoption. Luckily, a repeat B.O.N.E.S. adopter, who had donated to Hope's care, was watching her online page for updates and contacted B.O.N.E.S. to adopt Hope. He was committed to providing routine testing to meet her challenging dietary and medical needs throughout her life.
Hope's foster family drove her several hours to her new home. They met with the adopter's veterinary team and all members of the household to teach them how to monitor Hope and attend to her needs.
She is now a healthy 22 pounds and enjoying life with a pack of beagles, including two other B.O.N.E.S. alumni. Hope is the spark of this household and enjoys romping around a fenced yard.
After a series of life changes, Fenway's family asked B.O.N.E.S. to help rehome him. Fenway had severe separation anxiety, so his family agreed to keep him until he was adopted to make the transition easier.
Young, handsome Fenway spent a long time on the "available beagles" page. Many potential adopters inquired, but only a committed, beagle-savvy adopter with another young, playful dog could provide Fenway with the home he needed.
After five months, a devoted couple - with two other B.O.N.E.S. beagles - decided to give Fenway a chance. They took him as a foster-to-adopt in order to assess his needs and whether they could handle them. Even though he was a challenge, they officially adopted Fenway.
Fenway's adopters exemplify what rescue is all about. They made a commitment to stick by him and he has flourished. They recognized his anxiety as a behavioral issue for which they administered patience, structure and tender loving care. At first, Fenway wouldn't cuddle but now he sleeps in their bed and lets them hug him. He still struggles with the anxiety of being left alone, but there has been some improvement.
Fenway's family recently said, "Oh, he is a nut but we love him anyway. He is different from any dog we have ever owned and it has certainly been an experience for us. In the end, he's ours no matter what and we love him regardless of his flaws!"