What is the Rescue + Freedom Project?
The Rescue + Freedom Project (RFP) is a non-profit organization aimed at providing freedom + families to animals rescued from conditions of caged cruelty.
RFP specializes in the rescue, rehabilitation, and re-homing of animals in special need. We focus on the survivors of laboratory experiments, the Asian dog meat trade, puppy mills, those exploited in entertainment like “racing” greyhounds, and unique international cases of abuse and neglect.
RFP is not just a “rescue organization,” it also runs a robust advocacy agenda that calls for reforming and ending these abusive institutions. The emotionally powerful rescue stories serve as a vehicle to prompt a public conversation about these conditions of animal cruelty and what we can do to create a positive change.
What kinds of animals does RFP rescue?
All kinds from big and small! Beagles rescued from laboratory experiments make up the majority of the animals rescued, as RFP and its predecessor Beagle Freedom Project, is the global leader in the rescue of animals from research.
RFP has also had the privilege cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, goats, horses, ferrets, mice, rats, and even goldfish from laboratories in 36 states and 8 countries.
RFP has taken in scores of dogs from the Chinese meat trade, special cases of depraved abuse in countries like Iran and Lebanon,
and as well as senior dogs and cats languishing in the US shelter system.
Where do these animals come from and how do the rescues work?
Through investigations, global rescue partnerships, liaisons in law enforcement, and professional contacts in the animal testing industry RFP is able to identify survivors for rescue and rehabilitation.
If you work in a laboratory or any other condition where animals are cruelly caged, please do not hesitate to contact our anonymous whistleblower line. We want to help!
Is the Rescue + Freedom Project the same organization as Beagle Freedom Project?
Yes! Beagle Freedom Project started as a mission of ARME (Animal, Rescue, Media, and Education), but in just a few short years quickly grew into a global rescue phenomenon. To accommodate the number of beagles and other animals from laboratories,
as well as the survivors from other special conditions of caged cruelty, the charity renamed itself as the Rescue + Freedom Project.
If you are a beagle lover, don’t fret. Rescuing beagles from laboratories will be our primary focus until all the cages are
Why are beagles the breed of choice for laboratory experiments?
Beagles are sadly the breed of choice for the same reasons they make great family companions. Beagles are docile, people pleasing, and very forgiving. They are easy to “maintain” in cages and do not have a tendency to bite when being hurt.
Are there humane alternatives to using animals for research experiments?
Yes, many humane non-animal methods of research are already in use which are more accurate, faster and cheaper than animal experiments. In vitro or “test tube” studies are performed with microorganisms, cells, or biological molecules isolated outside the body. Computer modeling takes the vast amounts of data collected from cell and molecular experiments and applies sophisticated algorithms to predict outcomes in the human patient. Robotic technology, such as the EPA’s “Tox 21” robot, can conduct 1000 experiments at once, saving as many animals and as much as a million dollars in testing costs. Organ on a chip is a microchip that simulates the functions and physiological responses of an organ or organ system. Epidemiological studies analyze health and disease data collected from populations of people and patients. Human-based clinical research including microdosing (tests using very small, safe doses of drugs), accurately predicts outcomes in people where animal-based experiments often fail.
In fact, using the term “alternatives” to animal testing is framing the question incorrectly, because it wrongly assumes that animal experiments are working, and need to be replaced by something else. The FDA has stated that 92% of drugs shown to be effective in animals later failed in human clinical trials, often with deadly consequences. Examples abound where treatments, vaccines or drugs tested safe on animals have gone on to seriously harm or kill people. Alternately, medical advances have been delayed by misleading animal data.
Medicine is advancing rapidly, and with the mapping of the human genome, scientists are now working to make drugs tailored according to an individual’s DNA because drugs don’t react the same way from one patient to the next. This relatively new field of Pharmacogenomics seeks to reduce or eliminate adverse drug reactions. As science advances, the use of animals as a model of human disease and treatment is becoming increasingly outdated and archaic.
What can fosters and adopters expect from a rescued animal from a lab or other condition of caged cruelty?
Every animal is different, but some of the universal traits of a newly released survivor is that they behave like puppies in full grown bodies. They are not house-trained, leash-trained, understand word commands, do not have a name, and are completely unfamiliar with toys, furniture, and being outside at all. Every foster is given an exhaustive tip-sheet and given 24 hour support in helping the new dog acclimate to this better life.
What can I do to help?
A lot! For starters, make sure you are a living a cruelty-free lifestyle and do not support any company that still chooses to test on animals. The Cruelty Cutter smartphone app makes this so easy. You simply scan the barcode on any cosmetic, bath and beauty, household cleaner and it will instantly tell you if that product is tested on animals or not.
You can sign up to foster and adopt an animal in need. Homes are needed in just about every part of the country and rescues often happen on 48 hours notice, meaning R+FP needs a healthy list of supporters ready and willing to open their homes and their hearts.
You can also support our advocacy programs. The Beagle Freedom Bill is our signature piece of legislation that mandates all healthy dog and cat survivors of research experiments must be placed up for public adoption. It has already passed in six states (California, Nevada, Minnesota, Illinois, New York, and Connecticut) and is pending in a dozen more.
Simply socially sharing the stories of the survivors amongst your network of friends and family is an important way to spread the word.
Finally, the Rescue + Freedom Project is a 501(c)3 not for profit organization. This effort to help animals can only exist with public financial support. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation today.