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SOS Beagle Rescue Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Results: Founded in 1991 with approximately 3000 beagles saved to date

Target demographics: with animal welfare

Direct beneficiaries per year: 220 beagles

Geographic areas served: New Jersey, Knoxville, TN, and Birmingham, AL

Programs: pulling abandoned beagles from shelters and finding them permanent adoptive homes.

Community Stories

17 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Julie D.7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our introduction to SOS Beagle Rescue was in 1998 when we adopted Ollie from the rescue organization. I was very impressed with how thoroughly Linda ‘vetted’ us before allowing us to bring Ollie home. She wanted to meet each member of our household, which already included 2 beagles. Luckily, we passed muster and were able to spend many wonderful years with our Ollie. We also adopted our precious Meagan from SOS Beagle Rescue. I have been a volunteer with this organization for many years. My role is to check references of potential adoptees. Each applicant must provide personal references, along with a veterinary reference if they currently have a pet, or recently lost one. This organization is dedicated to placing rescue beagles with individuals or families that will give them the best love and care. I feel that Linda Forrest, the director, is exemplary in her leadership. She has cultivated a hard working pool of volunteers and is always available to answer questions.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We adopted our beagle from SOS in July 2019. We had a phenomenal experience with the rescue. We walked away feeling extremely well informed with our decision to adopt. Linda provided us with so much information and helped us tremendously with choosing the dog that was best for us. Tuck has been an absolutely wonderful addition to our family and we cannot imagine life without him. I had such a positive experience with the adoption that I began volunteering there in August 2019. I am so incredibly proud to be part of this organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We were told about Linda Forrest and the SOS Beagle Rescue by a friend who fosters beagles for another beagle rescue. It quickly became obvious that Linda is truly dedicated to her cause and gives very much of herself to these homeless dogs. Care is taken to ensure the animal is only adopted to those who meet the necessary qualifications. Ample instructions are provided at the time of adoption as to the proper feeding, medical care, etc. Two of those dogs are now part of our family and we couldn't have asked for any better. We would highly recommend this rescue!

Michele Miller W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

SOS Beagle Rescue is the best. I have adopted 3 beagles from them. The application process is easy and expeditious. The dogs are all fully vetted, spayed or neutered and microchipped. The adoption fee is very fair in comparison to other rescues.

Michelle S.25

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been involved with SOS since it's inception. Over the years, SOS has found loving forever homes for hundreds of beagles. I know no-one better than the crew of SOS at being sure to make every effort to find the best match between the beagle and their families. Linda Forrest has made this her life's passion and has continually expanded her network of volunteers to house, transport, foster, work at fundraisers and educational exhibitions, rescue fairs. etc. It's incredible impressive to see the good that SOS has done for our beagles.

The photo is several years ago at the AKC's Meet the Breeds in NYC where SOS volunteers spent two days educating the public on the joys of beagle ownership. That year we had a special guest at the booth, the Westminster Best in Show winner Uno join us!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our beagle boy 8 years ago and from day 1 we fell in love with our pup and SOS. The screening process is very thorough and our meeting was perfect. We already had one young beagle (mix) who was having some anxiety and we asked that she be the guide when we adopted a second dog. She met a few pups her size and age range and seemed to click with one. To be sure they would be great companions we met with him a second time and they did great. They have been together ever since. We were so smitten with SOS that our family had been involved with the organization on several occasions and we have even fostered some dogs. ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ For SOS Beagles and Linda!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Not only has our family adopted several beagles through this rescue, but I have also become a volunteer, helping to screen adoption applications...so I know how this nonprofit works from both sides. As potential adopters we were carefully vetted and have always found a perfect beagle match for the humans and other critters in our family. As a volunteer I see how caring SOS personnel are and how tirelessly they work, accepting dogs into rescue from a variety of situations, nursing them back to health when necessary and finding just the right homes for them. A group of foster 'parents' helps evaluate many of the newcomers and works to help them on their way to becoming solid canine citizens. All of this is done with patience, diligence and love.

Jane R.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have adopted from and been a volunteer with SOS Beagle Rescue for many years.
SOS Beagle Rescue does outstanding work! They go above and beyond to provide great care for the dogs they take in and work hard to make a good match between the dog and the adopter. They make adopting a pet a wonderful experience and they are also there to give advice for the lifetime of the dog.
Just an all around wonderful organization!

DT T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our lives have been forever changed for the better thanks to our two beagle rescue dogs. Lucy was 10 years ago, and we were lucky enough to get a puppy (Olive) a few months ago.

We have been active volunteers over the years and really enjoy helping the dogs, as well as the adopting families with their choice. Excellent organization!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have adopted twice from SOS Beagle Rescue. The volunteers are friendly, and the dogs are thoroughly vetted. The adoption fee is quite reasonable, too. I highly recommend them.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I foster beagles that are rescued by SOS. We are so pleased at the professionalism, care, effort, and true dedication to animal rescue SOS Beagles exemplifies. Linda and her crew are dedicated to finding homes that are beagle ready as smoothly and quickly as possible. The rescue is active in the community in the New Jersey area and is proven with how quickly the rescued beagles get adopted. We are so happy to be a part of an amazing process to see these fun loving dogs get their furever homes!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My family has adopted several beagles from SOS over the years. Linda always takes the time to make sure everything is done correctly and that the dogs get everything they need. She rescues beagles from all over the east coast and matches them with homes. I refer people all the time because I know they will have a fantastic adoption experience.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I started fostering for SOS in February. Linda and her team have been great supports and always helpful. If someone is ever looking for a beagle I always recommend sos!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted a beagle a week or so ago, and we LOVE him. We were told that the dog was not quite house trained, and when we brought him home, he instantly settled in, and he hasn't shown any signs of not being properly house trained. It was great how the SOS Beagle people wanted to make sure that we could handle the dog, and told us everything that could've possibly been a issue. We also have a cat, so we wanted to make sure that he got along with the cat. The SOS Beagle people matched us up with a perfect dog, and he is amazing with cats. SOS Beagle has been so nice to us, and they found us the best dog to fit our needs.

Seachell

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I are volunteers with SOS Beagle Rescue and have adopted 3 beagles from SOS...Lacey in 1995, another Lacey in 1998 and our most recent little joy, Jenna, who came to us this past March after our second Lacey died from renal failure at age 15.

Linda Forrest, who is director of SOS Beagle Rescue is a true miracle. She has devoted her life to rescuing hundreds of beagles. From my experience this rescue is run like a well oiled machine. When someone wants to adopt there is a strict adoption process i.e. extensive background checks of the person's home and references. If that person is interested in a specific dog and Linda does not believe that dog would be a good fit for that home she is not afraid to tell the client that. She has a knack of placing the right dog with the right home environment. Her paramount concern is for the dog to be happy and safe in a new home.

When a dog is adopted out that dog has been temperament tested/kid friendly/cat friendly tested. Each beagle has been seen by a vet and has been given a clean bill of health. If a medical issue does arrive those issues are dealt with before that dog is put up for adoption.

This rescue has an incredible group of dedicated volunteers who support Linda in any way they can. When you deal with someone like LInda and see her fierce dedication it is easy to want to be involved in the rescue.We do various events throughout the year and being with like minded people who simply LOVE Beagles is so much fun. Linda organizes each event, gets the volunteers together, brings 2 or 3 dogs up for adoption, sets up tables of items to sell to support the rescue and we all just have a blast! It's all about BEAGLES!

In today's world, it is reasonable to be skeptical of charities/rescues as there as so many disreputable organizations. But SOS Beagle Rescue is an organization that you can trust. Linda's dedication to this incredible breed is amazing! Her main goal is to make sure each dog is happy in their new home. When a family adopts their picture is taken and placed on the website. Seeing the smiles on their faces is what it is all about. I am so happy to be a small part of SOS Beagle Rescue!

Donor

Rating: 5

My husband and I have owned a Beagle that we rescued from the Humane Society for 14 years (since 1997). Shortly after adopting Pete, we became intereste Beagle Resue. SOS Beagle just happened to be the site we came upon when doing research in the beginnings of the Internet. We were immediately impressed with thier thoroughness, diligence and loving care they take with all of their rescue dogs as well as the people who are seeking them out as a potential aveneu to adopt a dog. We have been regular monthly donors for over 10 years and SOS always sends us a very nice thank you letter at the end of the year along with our tax information. They religiously send us pictures of Beagles we are "sponsoring". They have always kept us up to date with any changes, improvements, etc. in their organization.

The care they take with the animals in their care is remarkable. With vaccinations, medication, surgury, training, etc.

And they are also very diligent and careful about who they let adopt and have a very rigorous system in place to match the correct owner to the correct dog.

We recently put in an application to adopt a Beagle so that when our 16 year old dog is no longer, we will be able to help them as soon as possible and adopt a dog that is right for us. Their screening and application is impressive. They called our references within a day and approved our application within 3 days.

SOS is one of only 3 charities that we donote to on a regular basis and I am proud to do so!

Robbie Young

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

I remember the first time I saw SOS Beagle online. They were featuring a very old beagle who had been left in a cemetary for dead. He was blind. He had tumors and trouble walking. I think all they really knew was that he was geriatric and didn't have long to live. The information started off something like this, "not sure who is going to want such an old guy..." He was a cross-post at SOS Beagle for another shelter. But SOS Beagle took the time to show compassion and to reach out over the internet - just a voice in the darkness for this one little creature among the many homeless beagles and dogs that they foster and place in homes. It takes great courage to face such tremendous odds without knowing that anyone is even listening.

I took Homer home with me a few days later. He lived over a year and a half with my other two beagles - Henry and Harry.

I was impressed by the level of concern SOS Beagle had for the placement of beagles. It felt like adopting a member of your family - as it should. I was further impressed with how they get beagles from one shelter to another - using a car pool chain of volunteers that must have involved countless hours of planning and coordination. All to move a little creature to a permament home.

I think this kind of dedication and perserverance in an organization is highly commendable.

Review from Guidestar