“As a child I loved my dogs and my pony and other small animals. In fact all dogs and all animals were a source of beauty and pleasure”, says Janie.
“As I grew older I was acutely aware of how we as a species systematically abuse and use animals for our own needs and profit. My eyes were open, no burying my head in the sand or denial when it came to finding out about vivisection as a teenager. This knowledge has been hard to bear for a lot of my life. Once known, one cannot forget sadly.
During my twenties and thirties I adopted four beagles Harry, Rudy, Homer and Georgia, all from different beginnings and all rescued. They gave me so much love and strength and hope, I loved them all with all my heart.
I met Phil in 2014 and we married in 2017. Phil would say I have opened his eyes to the world of animals, it is better to be educated than ignorant he says. He is an incredibly intelligent man so we can talk about it all and figure out if we can change the world at all for animals! Phil is also a dog lover, was bought up in Wales with border collies, this breed was his favourite. However, now having experienced the love of Scarlett, he now advocates beagles are astoundingly loving and intelligent, Scarlett and Daddy are inseparable!
I was so lucky to have been put in touch with Louise, the founder of FLOE last year. She is an amazing lady with vast knowledge of the vivisection industry. The work she is doing to help animals makes us very proud to be her dear friends and Scarlett adores her.
We have followed a US-based rescue charity for several years and applied to adopt an ex-laboratory beagle in early 2016. Several months later we were contacted by the charity and vetted as prospective adopters for an imminent rescue from a European laboratory. Seven dogs – five girls and two boys – were liberated and brought to the UK for rehoming and we were lucky enough to be offered Scarlett.
Part of the agreement when adopting is that details of the testing laboratory or what the animals were used for is never disclosed. The laboratories do not want this information to be released for obvious reasons. The strict confidentiality does at least help secure the release of more animals in the future with ‘no questions asked’, so giving those animals a second chance at life instead of simply being euthanized.”