More than 800 people applied to adopt beagles rescued from MI animal testing

Published: Apr. 17, 2019 at 5:38 PM EDT
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The beagles rescued from animal testing in southwest Michigan are up for adoption.

"The dogs in question are going to need some time," said Anna Chrisman, a Michigan Humane Society, or MHS, spokesperson.

But now, the 36 beagles

at Charles River Laboratory in Mattawan, Michigan, are almost ready to be adopted.

"And it's a little bit of everything from not just decompressing. Also, our behaviorist need time to evaluate them appropriately," Chrisman added.

That was a positive update last week from the humane society to our sister station WDIV.

On Wednesday, Chrisman told WNDU more than 800 people in the U.S. applied to adopt the adult dogs. The April 12 special announcement was made on


In a new statement to WNDU, Chrisman said, "The best homes for each dog will be determined by their assessment and what we know of their likes, dislikes and preferences.

"Our medical staff needs time to make sure they are checking them out thoroughly for any pressing health issues or things like that."

MHS says it "makes every effort to only adopt out healthy and manageable animals" and wants potential adopters to set the right expectations.

The organization is still working on a timeline but hopes to get the beagles adopted "sooner rather than later".

And as of now, the adoption application process is closed. However, Chrisman said MHS is very grateful for the outpouring of public support.