In just eleven years, B.O.N.E.S. has rescued more than 1,350 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...
Sweet Willie's owner is currently under investigation for animal cruelty. B.O.N.E.S. was contacted by the cruelty investigator and asked if we could take him in and provide much needed medical treatment for issues caused by his living circumstances. We didn't hesitate. Willie lived outside all year and in deplorable conditions with no protection from the elements.
We put him into an experienced foster home and rushed him to one of our N.H. veterinarians. He is close to being totally blind, was diagnosed with trench foot as a result of being forced to stand in urine all year round, had nails that were growing up instead of down and had possible frost bite on his head and ears. While we waited to hear if he had frost bite (which he didn't), his foster mom went to work carefully bathing, drying and gently medicating his foot pads every day for four weeks to help mend the cuts and reduce the swelling in his paws.
Besides a special diet, Willie gets Vitamin E and fish oil supplements. His pads are healing, his nails are beginning to look healthy and growing in the right direction and his coat is shiny. What is so amazing about Willie is that he doesn't let his blindness slow him down nor does he fear humans after being treated so poorly. He is loving, cuddly and very silly. While he will be a special needs adoption, we know that the family who adopts Willie will be all the luckier to have him in their lives.
It's hard to imagine Lillian's life prior to joining B.O.N.E.S.' Sensational Senior Beagle (SSB) program and even harder to imagine why a previous owner didn't search everywhere for this sweet little lady before she ended up at the Worcester (MA) Animal Rescue League.
Lillian moved from the Worcester ARL to a B.O.N.E.S. foster home in Vermont and ultimately to her home in MA where SSB Lillian (Lily) became the third member of an established beagle household. There was some concern that the resident queen beagle might be overbearing and too territorial but Lily's loveable nature prevailed and there was never a problem.
Puppies are cute but seniors make loyal, loving companions. And furthermore, Lily's owner says that you can actually teach old dogs new tricks especially if they are food motivated as many beagles are – Lily has learned to sit up for treats! We love our SSBs!
True to his gender, Baxter, 16, has an eye for the ladies-particularly his Maine (and main) Mom who adopted him when he was nearly 12. They are completely bonded and he rarely lets her out of his sight.
Baxter was surrendered to B.O.N.E.S. when he was 11, after living his whole life with his original Mom. He was fostered for five months under the B.O.N.E.S. Sensational Senior Beagle (SSB) program. Only one interested adopter came forward during that time so his foster home took the plunge. His Mom says "He was almost 12 and I couldn't bear to see him go through another major change. He just wants to be loved, fed and let out a few times a day. He's happy to be a coach potato!"
This great old guy is the second oldest in the B.O.N.E.S. Sensational Senior Beagle (SSB) program – and is still going strong thanks to meds, acupuncture and a loving home. We just love these "happily ever after" stories, don't you?