Adoption Policy & Guidelines

Adopting a Beagle

First and foremost, don't decide to adopt a dog just because you feel sorry for the animal. The decision to bring a dog into your home requires careful thought and consideration. Owning a dog means making a commitment to care for him for his whole life - no matter what that entails!

Beagles can live 15 years or longer; therefore, it is essential for prospective adopters to be fully prepared to make a long-term commitment and understand all of the responsibilities of becoming a Beagle's life-long guardian. A dog will depend entirely on you; be realistic about what's involved! Consider your lifestyle, the type of home you live in, other household members and pets. Will a new dog fit in? What about your work hours, personal commitments, travel obligations, and financial situation? Will they allow you to meet all of a dog's needs now and in the future? Will you have the time in your daily schedule to properly care for a dog including training, socializing, and providing at least one hour of physical exercise each day? Caring for a dog will be an added expense. Can you meet the financial obligation that owning a new dog will present? These are just a few of the important questions you (and your family), need to ask yourself and honestly answer before taking the next step toward dog ownership. To start, you can download a checklist of the top 10 most important things potential pet adopters should consider to ensure they have the best possible adoption experience by clicking here.

Is a Beagle Right for You?

We believe Beagles are wonderful little hounds that make great companions and fantastic family pets, but we also know that they are not the right breed for everyone. Beagles are the smallest of the "scent hounds" and come in two different sizes: the 13" Beagle, which stands up to 13 inches at the shoulders and usually weighs less than 20 pounds, and the 15" Beagle that stands 13 to 15 inches at the shoulders and generally weighs between 20 and 30 pounds. They have a short coat and require minimal grooming. Originally bred for tracking hare (rabbits), many Beagles today still possess strong hunting instincts and have an extremely keen sense of smell and stamina.a typical tricolor Beagle In general, Beagles are loyal, playful, and very social dogs with good temperaments and friendly dispositions, which often makes them a popular choice for families. Beagles are capable of being very independent, have a tendency to roam, and can be downright stubborn at times! They are often endearingly referred to as "little Hoovers" because of their ability to inhale food like a vacuum. Beagles are naturally curious and often have a playfully mischievous side, which many never outgrow. They will obey their noses first and foremost and must never be allowed off leash. Beagles can be easily distracted making them more challenging to train unless properly motivated. Because they are very social dogs, Beagles do not enjoy being left alone for extended periods of time. They can become lonely, frustrated and bored, leading to behavior problems such as barking or howling and destructive chewing. Make no mistake; it's a package deal. If you don't have prior experience with Beagles we strongly recommend you invest time researching ALL of the characteristics of the breed before deciding if a Beagle will truly fit your lifestyle and meet your expectations of a canine companion. As one of the oldest recognized dog breeds, and one of the most popular, there is a lot of very useful information about Beagles as well as advice on dog care and training that can be accessed electronically by searching the Internet (try, as well as numerous books and DVD's available through online sources including and, retail book stores, or the public library. We suggest you begin by visiting All About Beagles, from the National Beagle Club of America, then read these articles to help you get started: The Beagle "Most excellent diversion" By Marian Buechert, and The Perenial Puppy by dog trainer, Jacque Lynn Schultz, CPDT. You can also visit some of the helpful links on our home page to learn more about Beagles and other canine topics.

Just like people, Beagles have unique personalities. Some are very outgoing and playful while others are more reserved and mellow. Because our adoptable Beagles live in foster homes, we get to know each dog very well. Our goal is to place them in loving, permanent homes and to that end we seek to achieve the best fit possible - the right Beagle for the right home - and not just any home will do! We do not accept applications for specific Beagles because we cannot guarantee the availability of a particular dog or that he/she would be a good match. We have many wonderful Beagles and Beagle-mix dogs of different ages, sizes, colors/markings and personalities available for adoption and we work hard to find the best possible forever home for each one.

Safe Hounds Beagle Rescue does not operate a kennel or shelter, nor are we affiliated with any municipal facility or animal welfare organization. Each Beagle lives with a volunteer foster family while awaiting a forever home. We believe this is the best environment for the dogs because it allows us to attend to their individual needs, and also gives us the opportunity to us observe and evaluate each dog in a home setting to assess their readiness for placement in an adoptive home. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate visitors to our foster homes. Once an applicant has been approved to adopt we will arrange an introduction with a dog at the applicants' home, or other convenient location. If a good match is not available, pre-approved applicants are offered the option of being placed on our waiting list to be contacted when a suitable dog comes into our foster program.

We want the adoption experience to be positive and pleasant for everyone. Therefore, to avoid any confusion or disappointment, please be sure you have carefully read our Adoption Policy & Guidelines above before submitting an application to adopt a dog through our rescue organization.

Adoption Application

If you have decided that a Beagle is the right breed for you, and you have reviewed and understand our Adoption Policy & Guidelines above, we invite you to submit an Adoption Application. To download/print our application please click here. Note: this is NOT a fill-in electronic form. We are working to provide this functionality and hope to have it available soon. Adobe® Reader® is required to view and print the application. If you do not have Adobe® Reader® you can download and install the FREE software by clicking the "Get Adobe Reader" button below. Please, DO NOT attempt to manipulate or alter the application form in any way, or to copy/paste any part of the application into an email or other document format. Our experience has been that this often results in an unreadable format which may result in your application being rejected. See below for details on how to submit your completed application.

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If you experience problems opening or printing the application, we can send a PDF file to you by email or a paper copy by postal mail or fax. To have an application sent to you, please click here to send an email request. Be sure to include your full name in the email message and your mailing address, if you would like a paper copy sent to you by mail, or your 10-digit fax number if you'd like the application faxed to your attention.

Once you have completed the application it may be returned to us by:

Fax:  888-389-4272 (toll-free) or


Postal Mail:
Safe Hounds Beagle Rescue, Inc.
P.O. Box 515
Blairstown, NJ 07825

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