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RESCUE + FREEDOM PROJECT dba ARME - BEAGLE FREEDOM PROJECT

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: ARME's mission is to eliminate the suffering of all animals. This goal is achieved by rescuing unwanted and homeless animals and by educating the public of the vast extent of the suffering animals endure in our society. Through its actions and words, ARME advances the freedom of all animals.

Programs: Beagle Freedom Project, Documentaries, Rescues.

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98 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 Laurie93

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering with ARME/BFP since 2011. This organization keeps growing and finding new ways to improve the lives of animals. Their passion is contagious and their commitment is unwavering. I'm honored to donate my time and my money to this life changing organization.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I found Rescue + Freedom Project in 2012 (as Beagle Freedom Project) when I was considering adopting a Beagle. While watching the video of a former laboratory beagle taking his first steps onto the grass, I quickly decided that this is a charity that I wanted to support. It was within those first few minutes that I made my first donation.

I was immediately taken in by the dedication and perseverance of the staff. I had always known about animal testing - at least in the back of my mind. It wasn’t until I read about the mission of this organization that realized how prevalent animal testing continues to be. I began the switch to cruelty free products which became much easier with the Cruelty Cutter app. The first walk around the house scanning products was eye opening. Most of the major brands that I had been using continue to use animal testing.

I have also supported the related charity ARME. Now that ARME and Beagle Freedom Project have merged into Rescue + Freedom Project, I can make my donations to one place and the money can be used how it is needed. I shop through Amazon Smile and a percentage of my purchases goes to support Rescue + Freedom Project (as ARME.) How great is that!

For several years we had been hoping to be involved in a rescue. Our wish finally came true and we are now the proud adoptive parents of a beautiful 4 year old girl, Molly. She is sweet & loving and every day is a joy with her. I must thank R+FP for the work that they do. I cannot imagine what would have happened to our little sweetheart without them.

The staff members are expert at helping new families through the fostering & adoption process. We received amazing support all along the way and we are now part of a new family of Adopters & Fosters.

The animals rescued from lives in laboratory cages, have provided a painful & frightening service to companies that the public supports. We owe it to them to support R+FP and rescue as many of them as possible so that they can become the treasured family pets that they were meant to be.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Beagle Freedom Project (now RFP) has been great! We are in love with our energetic old man, Edison (Eddie), whom we adopted from RFP at 9 years old. They were fabulous with pairing us with the right dog to fit our family, and were very open and clear about communicating the rescue to us every step of the way. He loves his two beagle sisters, one of whom is also a rescue. I am delighted with the way that RFP handled the entire process, from pairing us with Edison to fostering him to adopting him! He is part of our forever family, and we have RFP to thank for their excellent service. Truly above and beyond.
I have included pictures of Eddie’s sisters who love him!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Awesome Charity - adopted my beagle Snoopy from them in April 2016 and it literally changed my life. Snoopy has since passed on and I have adopted from them again. These dogs have so much to teach us and thanks to this organization they get the opportunity to not only live out their lives as beloved companion animals but they also educate innumerable people and open so many eyes throughout their lifetime. I truly love Rescue + Freedom Project and all of the people that dedicate their lives to their cause.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our family has followed Beagle Freedom Project (now Rescue and Freedom Project) since they began. We have always had beagles, rescued from various places. We finally filled out an application to adopt a couple years ago and now have 2 beagles rescued through R+FP. Harley and Finn have shown us what so much love can overcome, they inspire our family to do better and be better. They have a lot of trauma from their pasts but are working so hard to move past that. They are both just total love bugs.
R+FP has helped us question what we do with our family. Going to cruelty free products and learning to be aware of what is going on in this country and all over the world to animals in labs.
We love all the work R+FP is doing, from legislation, to cruelty free awareness, rescuing and education. I could go on and on about this amazing organization!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became acquainted with the Rescue & Freedom Project in early 2018. The more I learned about this organization the more I became inspired to help. The volunteers care deeply for the animals they rescue and the resources they share to educate others regarding cruelty free choices was very impressive. My partner and I applied to adopt a beagle and we were thoroughly vetted to ensure we were the right candidates for a precious rescue animals in need. Now we have a beautiful boy named Tucker who has become a central part of our family. He has become a fantastic ambassador for the Rescue & Freedom Project by being invited to The RI State House to help endorse the vote on the Beagle Freedom Bill and he has been the subject of several rescue stories for on-line news publications. We are grateful to all the folks at the Rescue & Freedom Project for all that they do and for giving us the opportunity to assist in this important endeavor.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I recently went through the foster/adoption process with the Rescue & Freedom Project (aka Beagle Freedom Project or ARME) and I cannot say enough good things about this organization. 2 ½ weeks into my foster period – my poor girl suffered a medical emergency that had potentially life threatening consequences. I called the RFP office and was provided with immediate support. We ended up at the ER VET and there was absolutely no hesitation on doing what needed to be done to save this poor little dog.

The Adoption Staff is beyond fantastic – every person at RFP that I have spoken with has a clear priority and that is to do whatever is necessary to save all the animals that they can.

Beagles are the sweetest, gentlest dogs and what happens to them inside these facilities is the worst kind of horror. The very idea that we “have” to do research on animals for household cleaning products, cosmetics and lawn care products is reprehensible. I no longer purchase or support the manufacturers of any products tested on animals and I will be forever grateful to RFP for showing people the truth and stepping up to help when so many others look away.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first heard of Beagle Freedom Project (now called Rescue Freedom Project) when they rescued the 40 beagles from Spain and the story broke on the news. As an animal lover and having had beagles for more than twenty-five years, I was profoundly touched and immediately began to follow and support them. Support grew to volunteering and educating myself on the horrors of animal testing. I’ve had the privilege to foster for them and witness just how much they care and truly love their rescues – ensuring each dog goes out the door with a GPS tag and following up periodically with the foster parent to ensure their pets are thriving. They are incredibly careful and meticulous when placing a pet in a new home.

In addition to the incredible lives they save (and second chances they give to animals who have known nothing but suffering in cages while being submitted to unimaginable testing), what makes Beagle Freedom Project unique is that they also have a legislative arm. As of now, six states have passed the Beagle Freedom Bill, requiring that laboratories turn over the animals that are healthy once they are done with their testing. They also direct their members as to how they can contact their legal representatives to support legislation affecting the welfare of animals.

Beagle Freedom Project has inspired me to make life-changing choices: I now only purchase cruelty-free make-up and as many cruelty-free cleaning products as I can find. It is one thing to read about the horrors of animal testing, but once you’ve met a brave little blind laboratory survivor or seen their ears, tattooed with a serial number, or just looked at the pain and fear in their eyes, it changes you forever. There is no excuse in the 21st century to test on animals and I am forever determined fight until this cruelty stops. I am extremely proud to support and be a member of Beagle Freedom Project.

Ana M. de la Noval

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering for Rescue + Freedom Project (formally Beagle Freedom Project) since 2014! This organization from the very beginning has always been dedicated to the animals. I was moved by everyone that I met while volunteering, each person was passionate about their jobs and the mission. After volunteering for quite some time, I was able to meet some of the rescue survivors from animal testing as they stepped on grass for the first time. That moment was so moving that I decided that I wanted to help this cause in any way possible! I have since fostered two kittens and receive the best support from the staff. My input as a foster truly matters when it comes to the animals well being and they make the fostering experience truly one of a kind! If you are able to foster with R+FP do not hesitate! It is the most rewarding experience!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted from R+FP a couple years ago now and we couldn't be happier! Megan our adoption counselor was fantastic through the whole process! The adoption process was straight forward and we have had continued contact with R+FP though email, and the adopters FB group. It was been a great way to share information and questions with R+FP and other adopter and just brag about about our fur baby! :) I love this organization!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We love what is now Rescue and Freedom organization. This amazing group that rescues animals from being tortured at laboratories across the world is who we adopted our two Beagles from. Their mission to end testing on animals is inspiring. The staff and volunteers work tirelessly to help animals!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I first became aware of Rescue + Freedom Project in about 2011. We had a greyhound at the time, but my husband and I agreed, the next time we were looking to add to our family, we would contact what was then known as Beagle Freedom Project. Our greyhound passed away in 2012, and when we felt we were ready, we contacted BFP.

While we were waiting to adopt a BFP-rescued dog, we adopted a dog a friend had rescued from an abusive living situation.

Fast forward to 2015. After waiting several months our patience was rewarded! In June we got to pick up Yori, who had been flown in from Korea. He and Scrappy, our other dog got along great, like they were brothers. Although only about 1/3 Yori's size, Scrappy acted as a mentor to Yori, and showed him how to be a dog's dog.

In 2016, Scrappy passed, so it was time to get Yori a companion so he could "pay it forward," and show another lab-rescued dog how to be a dog. We let BFP know, and, before long, we got the call asking if we were ready to take a rescue from China. Of course, we said yes, and added Sato to our family.

I can't express enough good about Rescue + Freedom Project. I truly respect Shannon Keith's vision and refusal to give up or say no when any kind of animal needs help The staff's tireless efforts and infinite patience make them a joy to work with. I know this is tough work, but everyone at R+FP has always been exemplary. Staff members even kept in touch with us while we were waiting to adopt.

I appreciate the professionalism of the staff and their attention to detail for the animals and those who step up to adopt, as well as to foster. This is just a wonderful organization!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We adopted our little blind beagle, Mini, from the ARME/BFP (now RFP), after losing our beloved dog Rogue, to cancer. BFP were so kind and professional and matched us up with the perfect dog to join our family. It's so true what they say - we "rescue" the animals but it's really them rescuing us.
We have also fostered two dogs with this organization - a truly rewarding and wonderful experience. Every step of the way, whether adopting or fostering, everyone who is part of this organization has shown great care, compassion and focus on the animals' needs and well-being.
I'm honored to be a small part of the very good work they do on a daily basis and am proud to be associated with the organization.

1 Lori L.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This amazing organization is now named Rescue+Freedom Project (RFP). I have fostered three rabbits and two Beagles through them. They rescue any and all animals from laboratory testing facilities all over the world.

RFP also educates the public on which products are still being tested on animals and which are not. An app "Cruelty Cutter" is a great tool to find these products.

What RFP does for laboratory animals is literally life changing for all involved.

1 Ryan M.3

Donor

Rating: 5

Rescue + Freedom Project (formerly Beagle Freedom Project) is an outstanding org. I adopted my cat Bowie and two bunnies that were all rescued from animal testing from them.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

First found this organization on FB as Beagle Freedom Project, now Rescue & Freedom Project, Beagles one my favorite breeds, I was curious about them and learning what they had to say. Of course to my horror, I learned my favorite breed is the most experimented on, coming from I science background, I began to question for myself the needs for experimentation and why we still doing it in this antiquated way. Face it we have people living in space, I believe the technology is there to end this practice. Having now having fostered a pig and adopting two dogs, I know we have to move forward with this mission, which I believe will be much more beneficial and accurate for human studies. In the meantime I'm committed to seeing every animal get a chance for however long to know a family and

1 Sara E.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been fostering for ARME for about 2 years now. What they are doing for the animals is so important. Everyone is friendly and knowledgeable about what the animals need and want. I 100% support this organization!!

1 Stephanie M.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

ARME/BFP is by far the most supportive and organized rescue organization I have ever fostered for. The level of compassion and support both emotionally and financially is amazing. I have fostered for many organizations and I have never felt so supported and I live 4 hours away from them! I cannot give them enough thanks for everything they have done for me and my foster doggies, one of which I have adopted:) love them so much!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have adopted rescues from other organizations and have never received the type of dedication and commitment that the ARME and RFP (Rescue Freedom Project fka Beagle Freedom Project). I am amazed what this animal rescue group does by saving all types of animals from the streets to labs all across the world with their network of compassionate employees to all the volunteers! From the employees to the volunteers or the vast network of foster families they are a dedicated group that take a personal interest in your fostered/adopted animal from the very first moment to the last. The RFP becomes an extended family that you can only dream about.

Currently I am a 3x Foster-Failure and if I had a larger place I probably would have more.
Dusty - RFP (11/2011 to 5/2018)
Dazz - RFP (10/2011 to _____)
Milo - ARME (4/2016 to _____)


1 Bree F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

**This rescue has rebranded as Rescue + Freedom Project**

I have been fostering for RFP for two years now, and have been a foster failure twice of RFP kittens. This rescue is the most professional rescue I have ever worked with. They are passionate and dedicated people, but also possess great customer service skills which is so refreshing. They trust me as a foster and take my input into account when it comes to things like veterinarians and adoptions. The welfare of their rescued furbabies is always most important. They are also very successful at fundraising which alleviates so much pressure from their fosters and adoption efforts. They are able to find the best home for each animal. Plus, the Cruelty Cutter app is so great!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

ARME dba BFP is a wonderful organization. I am a kitten foster for ARME, and they are extremely professional and attentive to the needs of their foster babies. They never turn away an animal in need.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I work in biomedical research and whenever possible I work to see that animals are adopted out to loving families after a study. These studies are reviewed by institutional animal use boards, and are done for the medical benefit of humans and animals. If animals have been killed in a terminal study (i.e., cancer surgery research) I have worked to get the bodies donated to wildlife rehabilitators to feed injured and orphaned wildlife. I really like to see life celebrated and not wasted.

Unfortunately, this non-profit makes adopted animals into ambassadors against biomedical research, causing research labs to stop adoptions. This group's work had led to the needless killing of many animals that could otherwise have found homes. This group creates intimidation, scaring the laboratories that adopt out animals... in response the labs don't cease animal research, they stop adopting to avoid getting attacked publicly for doing valuable research.

Shameful that animals needlessly die because this group has had a chilling effect on adoption of retired research animals.