More Feline Freedom!
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FROM

Beagle Freedom Project
September 2014

Cats are sadly used for a variety of experiments in laboratories. There are over 20,000 in U.S. labs and are most famously used in very grisly neurological experiments.

After three to five years inside laboratories, Lewis, Clark, Henry, Felix, Annie, Cookie, Violet, and Rose are all experiencing freedom for the first time. Their reaction to space, toys, each other and human affection has been mixed. Most of them are curiously exploring their new surroundings and gobbling up whatever tasty morsel they can get.

ARME and Beagle Freedom Project (along with amazing volunteers) rescued eight cats from laboratory life this last week! The four boys and four girls had spent all of their three-to-five years of life languishing in small steel cages... until now!

Lewis, Clark, Henry, Felix, Annie, Cookie, Violet, and Rose are all experiencing freedom for the first time. Their reaction to space, toys, each other and human affection has been mixed. Most of them are curiously exploring their new surroundings and gobbling up whatever tasty morsel they can get. A few of them though are understandably uncertain about everything and have found a few choice hiding spots in their fosters’ homes. Slowly, but surely, they are coming out of their shells.

cats out of labs

cats out of labs

cats out of labs

cats out of labs

Their natural feline instincts have not been ruined. They all love climbing, whether on chairs, window sills, couches, and their special cat towers. Six of the cats have been paired off in separate homes and have each other for company and reassurance. Annie lives with another cat (who is being kind and attentive to her) and Cookie is enjoying some peace, solitude and dedicated gentle human affection.

cats out of labs

cats out of labs

cats out of labs

cats out of labs

Cats are sadly used for a variety of experiments in laboratories. There are over 20,000 in U.S. labs and are most famously used in very grisly neurological experiments. Most laboratory cats never make it to freedom – these eight are very lucky!

Like the beagles BFP frequently rescues, these cats are survivors and are resilient. They can and do adapt to a normal home environments. Laboratories frequently make the argument that all such “lab animals” should be euthanized when the testing is done because they were “purpose bred for research” and are therefore incapable of normal lives. The success of these 8 sweethearts and the 7 other cats BFP has rescued exposes this lie.

This group of eight cats will be looking for their forever homes in the coming weeks. More laboratory cat rescues are in the works and fosters and adopters are needed in all parts of the U.S.!


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