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Before You Adopt

Are you considering adding a beagle to your family?

The beagle’s small size, adorable looks, and friendly and loving personality make it a very popular family pet. The decision to purchase or adopt a beagle (or any pet for that matter) should be made only with careful consideration and planning. There are many things to consider before making the decision to adopt a new pet. Ask yourself the following questions:

Are you ready to care for a beagle for the rest of his or her life? Beagles live on average 12-15 years. Be sure you’re ready to make a lifelong commitment to your pet.

Are you financially prepared to support a beagle? The cost of purchasing or adopting a dog is only the start. Don’t forget dog food, toys, treats, bedding, routine and emergency veterinary care, and kennel expenses if no one will be able to care for your dog when you go away.

Will you be able to exercise your beagle once or twice a day? Beagles are high-energy dogs and need daily exercise to burn off that excess energy. And, being scent hounds, they need to “get out and sniff.”

Are you prepared to train your beagle so she or he will be a well-behaved family member? Beagles are very clever, but they are inherently stubborn and can be mischievous or even destructive when it comes to acquiring food (beagles are notorious “chowhounds”). They respond well to diligent and consistent training, particularly if a positive approach with a food reward is used. This is true for puppies as well as adult dogs.

If you’re a parent, do you want a beagle just as much as your children do, and are you prepared to provide the majority of its care? Don’t make the mistake of getting a dog “for the kids” and assume they will take care of it. You will have the ultimate responsibility. And if your children are toddlers, are you prepared to supervise all interaction between them? This is an absolute necessity in order to prevent accidental nipping or worse.

Still with me? Great! Let’s talk about puppies versus adult beagles.

While beagle puppies are adorably cute, they don’t remain that tiny ball of fur for long, and they require much effort and training during the first year. Puppies need to be housebroken, and until they are a few months old they need to go out several times during the day and once or twice at night. Make sure your work and family schedule can accommodate his or her needs. Puppies are little whirlwinds of energy when they’re awake and they need to be watched constantly so they don’t get in trouble. It’s like following a 2 year old around. If puppy care isn’t for you, then consider adopting an older dog. Click here to read about the advantages of giving a forever home to an older beagle.

Now lets discuss a few of the negatives. First, when beagles are outside, they must always be either on a leash or in a securely fenced area. If they are loose, they will run away. While they are busy tracking whatever scent gets their interest, they will not pay any attention to cars. Next, most beagles will bark and howl on occasion, and this can be a great source of annoyance for neighbors. And lastly, beagles shed a lot. This is how all short-haired dogs maintain their coat length. If you have allergies or consider yourself a “neat freak,” beware! If you’ve read this far, you might be saying to yourself, “Gee, is there anything good about beagles?” Of course there is! Beagles are cute, funny, loving, and a constant source of delight, but please make the right decision! Make sure that a beagle is the right dog for you.

Adoption Process

AZBR requests a $5 application fee. You may pay through Paypal or send the application fee via check to our mailing address:

PO Box 61193

Phoenix, AZ 85082-1193

We appreciate your understanding as AZBR continues to make every effort to save all beagles in need of a home.

Arizona Beagle Rescue is proud to be able to to have so many wonderful beagles coming through our organization. Your patience with our adoption process is very much appreciated! Please follow the steps below to start on your way to helping save a life.

1. There are 3 ways to Complete and Submit your adoption application:

  • Apply instantly and submit online. Please fill out the online adoption application form below in its entirety.
  • Download the adoption application in PDF format. Please save to your computer and email to If you choose to print and fill out the form by hand, please mail to AZBR at PO Box 61193, Phoenix, AZ 85082-1193.

2. Home Visit: Our Home Visit Coordinator will contact you to set up a home visit.

3. Discuss with our Adoption Coordinator: After an APPROVED home visit and application, our Adoption Coordinator will contact you to begin the selection process.

4. Meet the Fosters: Set up a time to meet with one of our foster dogs, or join us at one of our adoption events.

5. Make the Match: Once you have selected the beagle that stole your heart, our Adoption Coordinator will complete your application process with an adoption contract.

6. Happily Ever After: Set up a time with the foster parent to pick up your new family member.

Below is a list of fees associated with the adoption of one of our beagles. Please keep in mind the adoption fee does not cover AZBR's costs to rescue and care for a beagle prior to adoption. Therefore, AZBR relies on donations from the public to make up the difference. AZBR is a non-profit organization and all adoption fees and donations go directly to the beagles we continue to rescue.

Adoption Fee Donations (Effective 8/01/13)

0 - 2 year old................................................$300

3 - 4 year old ...............................................$250

5 - 6 year old................................................$200

7 - 8 year old................................................$150

9+ year old...................................................$125*

(*March 2014 through December 2016: senior adoption fees are being waived ($0 adoption fee, $25 microchip fee is still required) due to a very generous Beagle-lover offering to sponsor all senior adoptions through the end of 2016.)

Previous Adopter and Multiple Dog Adoption Incentives Available

This adoption fee helps provide, but not limited to:

  • Spay or Neuter ($70 to $100)
  • DHLP Vaccination ($15 to $20)
  • Rabies vaccination ($25)
  • Microchip & pre-paid registration ($50 to $75)
  • AZBR identification tag ($7)
  • A dental cleaning on any dog with excessive tarter build up that is considered to be a health concern, determined by our partner vets ($200 to $300)
  • Vet visits on any dog needing routine care or any dog that may have been showing symptoms of illness while in our foster care program ($80 to $infinity!). AZBR makes an effort to care for all beagles brought into the rescue no matter the illness and cost to treat.
  • Training assistance from a professional trainer (Invaluable)
  • Peace of mind that AZBR has done our best to evaluate each foster beagle while in our care, and AZBR will be as thorough as possible about each dog's personality and any health issues if known (An exceptional and consistent approach)
  • Consistent breed education (Always helpful)
  • AZBR Beagle event notification via AZBR Alumni & Friends Yahoo group! Multiple events throughout the year to bring your beagle to (Priceless)

Minimum Adoption Requirements Include:

  • A loving home environment where animal companions are treated as members of the family
  • A full fenced, secured yard or approved alternative plan
  • Access to an air-conditioned home environment
  • Arizona Beagle Rescue approves applications from apartment residents on a case by case basis. We believe that an apartment home can be a fine home for one of our beagles, BUT not just any beagle. We are very careful about which dog we place in apartment style living. A young beagle can become very vocal and destructive if left in a small area without access to the outdoors. We will only place an older beagle who is calm and has the personality to enjoy the confines of an apartment without a problem. Beagles are very active, even in their older years, so any apartment approved family would be required to walk their beagle on a daily basis for their welfare and well-being. We will require a landlord letter stating that they are allowing you to adopt a beagle from AZBR prior to your home visit being scheduled. If you are an apartment renter and want to adopt an older beagle who we can recommend for your apartment living, then please feel free to submit an application.

Not ready to adopt? Consider Fostering a Beagle!

Please give a homeless Beagle a new leash on life!

Our goal is to find a loving, prepared and permanent home for each dog we place.

Adoption Application

Thank you for your interest in adopting a Beagle through Arizona Beagle Rescue (AZBR). AZBR is a 501(c)(3), non-profit, no-kill, and all volunteer organization dedicated to Beagle rescue. We provide rescue, education and referral services for Beagles from area shelters and Beagles from homes that can no longer keep their dog.

AZBR does not have a shelter; all of our dogs are fostered in volunteer homes or kept in their current home until a new home is found. AZBR’s adoption fees range from $125 to $300, depending on the age, health and adoptability of the dog.

The adoption fees help pay for the healthcare, spay/neuter, and vaccinations of the Beagles we rescue. The adoption fee does not necessarily cover AZBR’s cost to get a dog ready for adoption; we rely on donations to cover the rest!

AZBR is not a source for Beagle puppies. Young healthy puppies are not usually turned into rescue. Most of our rescue dogs are 1 to 8 years old and desperate for a loving home to care for them forever. If you are interested in a puppy or if we do not find an immediate match for you from our available dogs, we can put you on our waiting list after we receive your application fee, completed application and have also completed your required home visit. If you are set on a young puppy, we can offer tips on selecting a quality breeder, and avoiding the numerous casual Beagle breeders in Arizona. PLEASE DO NOT PURCHASE A PUPPY FROM A PET SHOP; these dogs are bred in out-of-state puppy mills in horrific conditions, and they can have serious health problems. People who purchase puppies from pet shops and casual back-yard breeders, support an industry that is interested only in profit, not the health or well being of the animals.

If you are interested in adopting a Beagle, please fill out the adoption application and send it to AZBR, preferably via email or fax. A $5.00 non-refundable application fee is required to process any adoption application. AZBR volunteers cannot answer detailed questions about the current available dogs until your application and home visit have been completed and approved.

The average length of time from application through adoption can be up to 2-4 weeks. The more open you are to age, color, gender, physical condition or Beagle mixes, the likelihood of us finding a match for you is higher. We are an all-volunteer organization. Our first priority is to bring needy Beagles into a foster home as quickly as possible, and provide them the care they need. A handful of volunteers handle intake and fostering activities, as well as adoptions, home visits, website updates, voicemail and email checking, public outreach, fundraising, events and other critical administrative tasks. Our volunteers also have jobs, families and pets of their own to tend to. We thank you for your patience and understanding.

The adoption process will involve:

  • Receipt of your $5.00 non-refundable application fee by mail or PayPal link
  • Review of your application
  • A home visit
  • Approval of your application and home visit
  • Discussion on which Beagle(s) may be a good match for your family
  • Beagle Meet and Greet
  • Adoption


Complete the adoption application

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