RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) – Seventy-nine beagles rescued from a mass breeding facility, which has been cited for dozens of animal welfare violations, are moving into foster homes in central North Carolina.

These dogs are just some of 4,000 removed from the Envigo facility in Virginia, which provided dogs to labs for animal testing.

Gambit is, understandably, a bit shy, but after a few moments his nose gets the better of his nerves, and the curious beagle takes a closer look at the camera capturing his every move.

“They’ve never lived in a house before, they’ve never seen grass before,” said Dan Savarese of Triangle Beagle Rescue.

Gambit, along with Ladybug and her puppies, are among 4,000 beagles at the breeding facility.

Federal investigators cited Envigo for dozens of animal welfare violations. The Department of Justice stepped in to help turn the beagles over to the Humane Society of the United States, and dogs will now be rescued nationwide, including Triangle Beagle Rescue.

After announcing that it would be getting some of the beagles from the Envigo facility, Triangle Beagle Rescue was overwhelmed with people wanting to help.

“We had over 200 foster family requests,” Savarese said. “We actually crashed our website.”

The rescue also received donations of harnesses, beds and supplies for the beagles.

Savarese and other volunteers traveled to Virginia to pick up the dogs last week.

“We went over the installation; we were escorted by the marshals,” he said. “The dogs were definitely not acclimatized to a lot of human interaction, but they didn’t seem overly traumatized.”

Almost a week after arriving in North Carolina, all the dogs are settling into their foster families.

Ladybug is a doting mom, taking care of her puppies, who are just beginning to open their eyes. Gambit is still a bit skittish, but enjoys playing with the other dogs in his foster home and clearly enjoys cuddling.

“He’s doing pretty well, and I think it might be a matter of a few more weeks before he acclimatizes to the good life,” Savarese said.

Although there has been huge interest in adopting beagles from the Envigo lab, Savarese said Triangle Beagle has other beagles available for adoption and rescues dogs all the time. Finding homes for them can help free up space and resources so the rescue can bring more beagles from Envigo’s facility in North Carolina.

If you want to know more about the beagles rescued from the Envigo lab, click here.

All adult beagles will be spayed or neutered before they are available for adoption and they will also receive dental and other veterinary care as needed, CBS 17 found Monday.

As for Gambit, Savarese said, “he’s starting to realize that things are better on that side.”

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