Mision Statement

Our mission is to rescue homeless, abandoned, and injured dogs; to provide each dog a temporary home, comprehensive care and rehabilitation, and to prepare them to be adopted into a permanent home.

Vision Statement

We envision the day when every pet born will be assured a loving home and proper care all its natural life and will not suffer as a result of abuse, neglect or ignorance.

About Us

Safe Hounds Beagle Rescue, Inc. is an all-volunteer animal rescue organization that was founded in 2005 for the purpose of saving homeless Beagles and Beagle mixed dogs and finding them permanent homes. We were officially incorporated as a New Jersey non-profit corporation in Februrary 2006. We are also a Federally designated 501(c)(3) public charity.

Safe Hounds is dedicated to reducing the suffering and often needless euthanasia of shelter dogs both near and far. The majority of the dogs that enter our program come to us from public animal control facilities ("dog pounds"), and animal shelters. Many of these animals are simply out of time and would otherwise be euthanized if we did not intervene. We believe they deserve a second chance. We also try to do our part to help the veterinary community when they reach out to us for assistance, by taking in injured or special needs Beagles. Demand for our services is always high and although we would like to save them all, we must often turn dogs away. As a general rule we do not accept dogs directly from the public except under extreme circumstances, which are considered on a case by case basis. Safe Hounds Beagle Rescue is supported by donations, a variety of fundraisers, and adoption fees. Although most of the dogs we take into our program come from public facilities, we receive no federal, state, or local funding of any kind. The success of our rescue and our ability to carry out our mission depends on the generosity of our members and supporters.

Our commitment to every dog entering our program encompasses both their physical and emotional needs. Comprehensive care that focuses on each dog as an individual is provided in a supportive, nurturing, home environment, with the goal of preparing them for placement in a suitable permanent home.

Safe Hounds Beagle Rescue also strives to educate the public about the Beagle breed with emphasis on the humane treatment of all companion animals, proper care and guardianship, the importance of spaying and neutering to reduce pet overpopulation, and to raise awareness of companion animal welfare issues. We believe dogs enrich the lives of people and are deserving of our care and compassion.

We're making a difference...one dog at a time.

The Starfish Story

A wise man was walking on the beach one morning before he began his work. As he looked down the beach he noticed a human figure in the distance that appeared to be moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself at the thought of someone who would dance to the day, and so, he walked faster to catch up.

As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young man, and that what he was doing was not dancing at all. The young man was reaching down and picking up small objects, and throwing them into the ocean.

He came closer still and called out "Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?"

The young man paused, looked up, and replied "Throwing starfish into the ocean."

"Why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?" asked the somewhat startled wise man.

To this, the young man replied, "The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I do not throw them in, they will certainly die."

Upon hearing this, the wise man scoffed, "But, young man, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You cannot possibly make a difference!"

At this, the young man bent down, picked up yet another starfish, and threw it into the ocean. As it met the water, he said, "I made a difference for that one."


The Starfish Story is adapted from
The Star Thrower by Loren Eiseley, (1907 1977).
The story has appeared in many places and in various forms, usually with no credit given to Mr. Eiseley. Sometimes it is a young girl throwing the starfish into the ocean, sometimes an old man, but in any form it is a beautiful and inspirational story that reminds us we ALL can make a difference.


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