And if you adopt a laboratory dog?

Want to welcome a dog while doing a good deed? In addition to the associations through which you can adopt your future four-legged companion, there are laboratories that allow you to adopt dogs that have been used in science. Explanations

Few people know this, and yet adopting a lab dog is possible. It's even a good idea since, not only will you have the joy of welcoming a dog into of your home, but you will also make a happy one! Since 2001, the famous National Veterinary School of Alfort has its own kennel of 30 places where Beagle females are used for scientific purposes. But when their "mission" ends, many of them are then adoptable.

What were the Beagles doing in the laboratory?

These Beagle dogs, directly from specialized breeding laboratories, or having participated in studies in veterinary or human pharmaceutical laboratories, served reproductive research to improve our knowledge of:

  • The physiology of reproduction in the canine species;
  • medical assistance for procreation for the development of breeding techniques (artificial insemination, egg freezing, etc.) and the control of the reproductive cycle (in particular to stop it);
  • This research is also used to train veterinary students.

Specifically, these bitches were simply sterilized at the time of their ovulation . They do not suffer from physical damage

What was their daily life?

Beagle bitches stay at the kennel of the Veterinary School between one month and three years . They live in groups of three bitches, in boxes and have access to outside courts. Animal nurses take care of them daily, while veterinary students participate in a sponsorship program that allows them to go out on a leash.

During their stay at the kennel, they must (re) discover and learn: "they are at an intermediate stage because they are like puppies, they are new to life , do not know leash walking or cleanliness, but at the same time they do not know the family life, "explains Karine Reynaud, researcher in Reproductive Biology and head of Beagle female laboratory adoptions at the National Veterinary School of Alfort. It is therefore necessary to teach them everything, and above all, to socialize them.

In what state are they when they are proposed for adoption?

"It all depends on the temperament of the dog," says Karine Reynaud, but the breeding from which they come also counts (all the bitches do not come from the same breeding, NDLR): some were very well socialized, but others are more fearful, could have been hypo- stimulated and suffer from a deprivation syndrome. With these bitches, we leave them at first quiet between them, then we mix them with other bitches better in their paws so that they take confidence, we leave them, we give them treats, and we bring them a presence human, "she continues. The positive reinforcement is the key here: "we use a lot of food!

Why Adopt a Laboratory Beagle Bitch?

For Karine Reynaud, adopting a laboratory Beagle dog is:

  • "adopting the same principle as a adoption in a shelter, especially because it gives a chance to an adult dog "
  • is also" to have a support from the Veterinary School since we know these bitches and their history, unlike shelter dogs whose history is not always known ";
  • " It's also a way to thank those animals that help and are useful to science, "adds the specialist

What do you need to know before adopting a laboratory beagle?

"They are extremely close to humans, robust, have good character and have no physical problems" , believes Karine Reynaud. All these qualities have no doubt helped to make Beagle a breed particularly used in scientific research work. But Karine Reynaud warns: " we must be aware that our Beagles are not always perfect bitches , they can be anxious at first". It takes "patience" to be tamed a Beagle!

However, these adoptions are generally well done: the Veterinary School records between 30 and 40 adoptions Beagle females per year. "And 95% of them work," says Karine Reynaud

How to adopt a laboratory beagle?

For the adoption manager, " correctly assess dogs and families is paramount . " No way for her to give a person a dog that does not match him! She therefore makes a drastic selection and, for shy bitches, favors families where there is already a first dog.

To be a candidate for adoption, you must first contact Karine Reynaud then go to the National Veterinary School of Alfort to meet the bitch (s) adoptable (s). 60 euros of participation fee are requested at the adoption.

Good to know: Karine Reynaud will intervene at the event "The Animal on the Move", on October 1st, at the University of Nanterre, and will explain that "to adopt Beagle dogs laboratory... it works!

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