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Beagles of New England States (B.O.N.E.S.) was founded in June of 2003 with a mission to rescue, rehome, spay/neuter, and provide necessary medical care to beagles in need in the New England area. We endeavor to improve the quality of life for beagles in New England through outreach and education programs.

In fifteen years, B.O.N.E.S. has rescued more than 1,485 beagles
that were surrendered, abandoned, neglected or abused, and found loving, adoptive homes for them
throughout New England!

Additionally, the Sensational Senior Beagle Program was established to provide senior dogs
a home with a "supported adoption" for their remaining years.

We can only continue to rescue beagles with your help. Please click here to make your donation.

The stories below are just a few of the happy endings made possible by
our dedicated team of volunteers and the generous donations of supporters like you...


ElmoIn the spring of 2018, B.O.N.E.S. received a surrender form for a 14 year old senior dog named Elmo-a somewhat shy but much loved member of a long time B.O.N.E.S. volunteer family.

ElmoTragically, Elmo's Mom, who had always been his primary caretaker, had recently lost her battle with brain cancer. When it was clear Elmo would need a new home, his remaining family members turned to B.O.N.E.S. for help.

In early May, Elmo joined a very special new foster family, one with years of experience with senior dogs. Earlier in the year they, too, suffered a major loss when their 17 year old beagle passed away leaving them with just one dog. While they were not looking to adopt another dog and weren't ready to actually start fostering, they agreed to take Elmo as an emergency foster dog for three to four weeks.

Elmo immediately bonded with his foster Mom and after some time also with his foster Dad. Elmo delighted everyone with his zest for new experiences. As his foster Mom wrote, when exploring new places on leash, "he trots rather than slowly walks so that we almost have to jog to keep up with him!" Elmo loved everyone and would cuddle every chance he could.

What happened next is the stuff that dreams are made of...when it came time to move Elmo to another foster family, his foster Mom and Dad said they didn't want him to make another transition so they agreed to keep on fostering him until the Adoptions team could find him a forever home.

Less than two weeks later, we received a call from Elmo's foster Mom asking if they could adopt him. Mom, Dad and his beagle sister were in love and did not want Elmo to leave. So on June 20, 2018, Elmo joined his forever home as an SSB and has been living the good beagle life ever since.

Aroo to Elmo!


CooperWe often talk about where B.O.N.E.S. beagles come from. Most come from shelters, rescues or from owners who must surrender their dogs. But a few years ago we accepted the invitation of a well-established and respected college's Vet Tech and Animal Behavior program to bring in beagles who "graduate" at the end of each semester.

CooperDuring their semester in the college, these dogs live at the college under the care of the college's attending veterinarian. Veterinary tech and animal behavior students are paired with each dog and play a major role in their care, training and enrichment.

Cooper was one of these dogs. At the end of May, 2018, he graduated from the college program and moved into foster care with one of our wonderful foster homes.

In foster care, Cooper learned all the finer points of living in a real home. Each morning he woke up from sleeping on his dog bed or in the bed of his foster parents and went outside to walk around the yard then come in for breakfast. After breakfast he might go for a long walk around the lake with his foster family, play with his foster siblings or take a nap on the couch. Life was wonderful. It was during his time in foster care that we learned how much Cooper loved humans.

While Cooper was enjoying life in foster care, a wonderful family was approved to adopt one of our dogs. They were looking for a special dog that would bond well with humans of all ages.

Our adoption counselor learned about Cooper and thought it would be a great fit. The foster home spoke to the adopter and all agreed that Cooper was the right dog for them.

Cooper's new mom drove several hours to pick up Cooper on a Friday. On the way home, she took a break from her drive and brought Cooper into a Petco. Once inside, Cooper showed how much he really loves humans. He stopped to visit everyone in the store and spent the most time with children.

Since getting to his forever home, Cooper has been informally training to become a therapy dog by visiting pet stores, meeting children and sitting quietly while they read to him. He will soon start formal training for his Canine Good Citizen certificate. Once he passes, he will begin formal therapy dog training and eventually will go to the hospital with his Mom and work with children.

Besides training, Cooper is living the good life with his two humans and has become quite the "water" dog. He learned to swim at his Grandmother's lake house with his two Labrador cousins. He has his own kiddie pool and plastic froggie. Next to swimming, he loves to catch tennis balls that are thrown to him. His best friends are a cat that visits often and his cousin Gabby who is also a beagle.

Aroo to Cooper!