Surrendering a Dog or Puppy to BTTR

We are Beagles to the Rescue a small 100% volunteer run rescue located in Chesapeake Virginia. Being so small, we usually only have a few adult dogs at a time in our rescue and often there are 100s of beagles all across Virginia, North Carolina, needing a place to go each month. We take in dogs from shelters, hunters, and families when they have a beagle in need. We generally only take in dogs within 2 hours of our facility in Chesapeake, VA. Most of the time the surrender must be able to provide transport to us.


We strive to make sure that every dog in our care is happy and healthy until the find their forever home. Please check out our Alternatives to Re-homing Page and our Options for SurrenderingPages before contacting us. All dogs adopted from BTTR must be returned to BTTR if you are unable to keep them.


Beagles to the Rescue has a unique set up that is not suited to every dog. Our dogs live at an open boarding kennel which is similar to a giant dog park. The kennel has 5 acres of fenced in grassy fields for the dogs to run and play in. Each dog has his or her own crate with blankets and bedding. Dogs have access to the climate controlled kennel area 24 hours a day and are only crated for meals twice a day and at night. The kennel also has paying boarding and daycare clients so dogs need to be comfortable in larger groups of similar sized dogs.


All dogs at the kennel (boarding and rescue) must be able to pass a temperament test for the safety of the other dogs and kennel hands. Surrenders must be willing to pick up the dog and make other arrangements if the dog fails the temperament test.  



Dogs with some medical issues

Heartworm positive dogs

Pregnant or nursing moms

Litters of puppies*

Shy or under socialized dogs

Dogs that have only lived outside

Smaller beagle mixes (Healthy weight ~35lbs and smaller)

Extremely overweight or underweight dogs



Dogs that jump/climb 4ft fences

Dogs that are dog aggressive

Dogs that cannot be crated

Dogs with separation anxiety

Dogs that are aggressive or have a bite history

Dogs that cannot be spayed or neutered by our vet**

We are not able to purchase dogs

Beagle/Hound mixes that are taller than 16” or heavier than 40lbs



*For accidental litters even if the owner wants to keep the mom we can help! For pups under 6 weeks and under (or in utero) mom comes to stay with us (if at all possible) and is provided with a safe quiet area and knowledgeable volunteers to act as K9 midwifes. If the owner wants to keep mom she comes back home when the puppies are around 8 weeks for her milk to dry up. BTTR can make arrangements to get mom spayed, vaccinated, and on to enjoy life. For owners unable to reclaim mom she will be posted for adoption along with her pups to find a forever home.


**Our vet us unable to spay/neuter dogs over the age of 6 years that are heartworm positive, dogs undergoing heartworm treatment, have a heart murmur, or dogs with severe medical issues (contact us if you are unsure)


If you’re interested in seeing if BTTR has a place for your dog please submit our Online Intake Request Form and email us some pictures of your dog (see the photo guidelines/suggestions below) to or text them to 757-447-7773. Please include your dog’s name and your contact info along with the photos in the email to make matching photos to request forms easier. Not submitting photos will delay the intake process.


Once you have submitted a request one of our volunteers will contact you with-in 48 hours

For Urgent requests please call 757-447-7773 to speak directly with our Adoptions and Intake Coordinator Christine, please leave a message if you get her voicemail she will return your call as soon as possible.


Photo Guidelines and Suggestions

Photos help us determine how big your dog is and what breed your dog is (if your dog is a beagle mix). There are many sizes of beagles so a good photo helps a lot. 

Please include photos of: Your dog standing from the side, your dog’s face.

Photos of your dog, laying down, in a costume, or that a zoomed in really close or from really far away are not particularly helpful. Below are some examples of good photos and some that are less helpful




Examples of Good Intake Photos (Note these are Adoption photos not actual intake photos)

Examples of Bad Intake Photos (again these are adoption photos not intake requests)