May 13, 2013
My wife and son and I live in Arlington, Virginia and we adopted a beagle from BREW two years ago. What a compassionate and effective organization! It was immediately obvious that the people at BREW truly love these dogs and they spend enormous amounts of their own time and resources caring for them before working with families and individuals who wish to adopt them. BREW takes in stray or abandoned beagles and, as much as their resources permit, fosters the dogs in the homes of dedicated volunteers before offering the dogs for adoption. They demand almost nothing from people seeking to adopt, other than that we provide the dogs with a safe home, food and appropriate veterinary care. They screen potential adopters with home visits and provide the dogs with medical care, including vaccinations, before adoption. BREW often provides long-term palliative care for sick animals and healing these beautiful beagles who have often been neglected or cruelly treated. Our pet was a stray found in rural Virginia (probably an abandoned hunting dog, but that's just a guess), but BREW takes in dogs that have spent their entire lives in research laboratories or in abusive situations where the dogs were permanently kept in small cages or tied to trees outside in all types of weather. We selected our dog Willie at an adoption event and it was a tough choice because all of the eligible dogs were well-mannered and trained to some degree. This training comes at almost no direct cost to prospective adopters, though we make a voluntary donation to BREW every year. BREW also cares for permanently injured and seriously ill beagles themselves and they don't offer any pet for adoption before making sure they are safe to place with a family with children or other appropriate living situation. The BREW website contains many examples of beagles from heartbreaking situations, who will likely never be adopted and who will be cared for by BREW and its volunteers for the rest of their lives. The volunteers at BREW were extremely helpful and informative regarding Willie's temperament and, to the limited extent they knew, his history. It took about five weeks from the time we first contacted BREW until we were approved to adopt a BREW beagle, during which time we were interviewed at our home by a volunteer. Once we were approved, we could select any beagle that had been medically treated and evaluated as safe for adoption. Willie was completely house-trained the day we brought him home, which must have been something that his foster accomplished. And you could never ask for a more affectionate or well-trained animal than our beagle! This was solely thanks to BREW; we didn't have to do anything except provide him with a loving home and slowly teach him that he was never going to be deliberately hurt or abandoned ever again. BREW charged us less than $100 to adopt Willie, which could not possibly have covered the cost of vaccinations, food and health assessment, let alone the volunteers' time in training and caring for him. Obviously, no one is making any money here; BREW is 100% about caring for needy animals on a volunteer basis. We receive a regular newsletter, but we never get fundraising calls from BREW. My family and I strongly recommend BREW to anyone who is looking for a safe, loving pet and we would urge you to visit their website and consider making a donation to help them continue their generous and compassionate work.
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