Beagle Freedom Project

Educate. Legislate. Liberate.

Valley Village, CA   |
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Beagle Freedom Project

EIN: 55-0882647


Beagle Freedom Project (BFP) is the world-leading animal rescue and advocacy non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and rehoming of animals exploited for research and other forms of cruelty, abuse, and neglect. BFP strives to build a better, more compassionate world for both animals and humans alike through educational, legislative, and social reform.

Ruling year info



Ms. Shannon Keith

Main address

4804 Laurel Canyon Blvd Ste 534 % Shannon Keith

Valley Village, CA 91607 USA

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Subject area info

Animal welfare

Population served info

Children and youth


NTEE code info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Animals around the world are neglected, mistreated, and exploited by various industries for profit. Beagle Freedom Project speaks out on behalf of victims of animal cruelty and abuse to make their voices known and their stories heard. Beagle Freedom Project works to prevent all forms of animal cruelty and captivity, with an emphasis on ending animal experimentation, worldwide.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Legislation: The Beagle Freedom Bill

Beagle Freedom Project (BFP) is the world's leading advocacy organization dedicated to educating the public about the dangers and cruelty of animal testing, legislating to ban the use of animals in research, and liberating animals used in experimental research.

BFP's signature legislation, the Beagle Freedom Bill, requires any public or private facility receiving tax-payer funding, to release dogs and cats, once the tests have concluded, to a qualified rescue so that they have the opportunity at freedom and love, thus avoiding the industry practice of euthanization.

In 2014 Minnesota became the first state to pass and successfully implement the Beagle Freedom Bill. Since then, 12 states, have passed the Beagle Freedom Bill. BFP is currently supporting similar bills in four other states and continues to partner with legislators in the remaining states, as well as federally, to adopt and implement the Beagle Freedom Bill.

Population(s) Served

Beagle Freedom Project (BFP) launched Cut the Cruelty, a program dedicated to raising awareness about the scientifically unreliable, inhumane treatment, and life-threatening use of animals in research and engaging and empowering the public to affect change. BFP's first investigation was launched against Marshall BioResouces (MBR), the largest breeder of beagles, hounds/mongrels, ferrets, and other animals used in testing. MBR has a retail division, Marshall Pet Products, that sells ferrets, food, supplements, cage accessories, and more, to the public. BFP brought this information to retailers, many immediately pulled any products from their inventory, including, one of the largest online stores.

In an effort to make shopping cruelty-free easy for consumers, BFP designed and developed the Cruelty-Cutter app for smartphones. With the app, the shopper scans the product's barcode and the database will let them know if it has been tested on animals or is cruelty-free.

Population(s) Served

In 2010, Beagle Freedom Project (BFP) was founded when an individual reached out to help rehome two beagles used in a laboratory. Since then, BFP has successfully rescued, rehomed, and rehabilitated over 3,000 animals used in research, as well as in other cruel and abusive situations. Costs associated with rescue include transportation, emergency veterinary care, such as vaccinations, spay or neuter, dental care, a full blood screen, and other ancillary costs.

Because some animals require ongoing care beyond the initial rescue, BFP created programs, like Save Our Seniors and Sponsor a Survivor, to help those high-cost long-term medical needs.

Population(s) Served

Where we work


Gold Eco Certification 2010

Earth Saver's League

Nonprofit Excellence 2011


Public Awareness Award 2015


Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of animals rehomed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Liberate - Rescue efforts

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Number of animals rehabilitated

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups

Related Program

Legislation: The Beagle Freedom Bill

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Beagle Freedom Project aims to:

1. Rescue animals in need directly from captivity, cruelty, and abuse.
2. Educate the public on the various issues and industries perpetuating animal exploitation and cruelty, with an emphasis on ending the archaic institution of animal testing, research, and experimentation.
3. Encourage members of society to adopt a cruelty-free lifestyle and act on behalf of animal welfare.
4. Create and change laws for the betterment of animals by implementing legislative change, protections, and reforms.

Beagle Freedom Project works to directly release and rescue animals from captivity and cruelty from animal-abusing industries such as animal testing facilities and kill shelters.

In addition, our organization continues to pass legislation across the nation to change laws and implement protections for animals, including our Right to Release/Beagle Bill which mandates the public adoption of healthy dog and cat survivors of testing and experimentation. The Beagle Bill has been signed into law in 13 states thus far.

BFP's worldwide, with the expertise, capability, and capacity of handling severe cases of trauma and providing the comprehensive veterinary care and diagnostic rehabilitation to treat and nurse rescued animals back to health – physically, mentally and emotionally.

We have a robust network of hundreds of volunteers, adopters, and fosters as well as a dedicated team of part-time and full-time staff who are committed to the betterment of animal welfare worldwide.

As of 2022, we have rescued over 3,000 animals across 42 states and 10 countries, passed the Beagle Bill in 13 states thus far, and have released the Cruelty-Cutter app, which makes shopping for cruelty-free items easy, with now over 600,000 users worldwide.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We serve people allover the world who volunteer, foster, donate and adopt from us.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Suggestion box/email, social media,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Highlighting more of our success stories and giving more details about our rescues.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    It puts the power into the hands of our supporters and thus makes us all one big community so that those who enjoy and are involved in our mission feel and are included and want to get more involved because they are heard.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,


Beagle Freedom Project
Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30
Financial documents
2021 BFP 990 2021 2019 990 2019 2018 2018 990 2017 2017 990 2016 2016 990 2015 2014 2012 ARME PROFIT AND LOSS STATEMENT
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2020 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 5.15 over 9 years

Months of cash in 2020 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 18 over 9 years

Fringe rate in 2020 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 8% over 9 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

Source: IRS Form 990 info

Beagle Freedom Project

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Beagle Freedom Project

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

This snapshot of Beagle Freedom Project’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $876,176 -$272,122 $71,996 -$130,804 $197,915
As % of expenses 69.4% -15.9% 4.2% -7.5% 12.2%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $853,347 -$297,941 $63,312 -$138,662 $184,050
As % of expenses 66.4% -17.1% 3.7% -7.9% 11.2%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $2,138,521 $1,440,832 $1,797,833 $1,731,639 $1,822,845
Total revenue, % change over prior year 36.0% -32.6% 24.8% -3.7% 5.3%
Program services revenue 0.0% 1.6% 2.0% 1.7% 1.2%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.1% 0.1% 0.1% 0.1%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 92.7% 90.6% 88.0% 96.2% 95.0%
Other revenue 7.3% 7.8% 9.9% 2.1% 3.7%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $1,262,345 $1,712,954 $1,723,744 $1,745,769 $1,623,009
Total expenses, % change over prior year 33.2% 35.7% 0.6% 1.3% -7.0%
Personnel 36.2% 32.3% 52.4% 43.9% 38.7%
Professional fees 18.5% 9.5% 3.9% 2.5% 11.7%
Occupancy 3.1% 3.2% 4.2% 5.2% 4.2%
Interest 0.8% 1.7% 0.8% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 4.7% 0.0% 0.0% 0.6% 1.3%
All other expenses 36.7% 53.4% 38.7% 47.7% 44.1%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Total expenses (after depreciation) $1,285,174 $1,738,773 $1,732,428 $1,753,627 $1,636,874
One month of savings $105,195 $142,746 $143,645 $145,481 $135,251
Debt principal payment $0 $12,456 $674,714 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $1,151,392 $0 $0 $476,802 $27,984
Total full costs (estimated) $2,541,761 $1,893,975 $2,550,787 $2,375,910 $1,800,109

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Months of cash 19.1 12.2 15.4 12.1 13.5
Months of cash and investments 19.1 12.2 15.4 12.1 13.5
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 19.3 12.2 15.7 11.3 13.5
Balance sheet composition info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Cash $2,008,241 $1,735,783 $2,210,454 $1,762,498 $1,831,301
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $1,933 $0 $0 $0 $40,816
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $1,193,471 $1,197,040 $47,042 $523,844 $552,842
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 2.8% 5.0% 81.7% 8.8% 11.1%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 22.1% 24.4% 0.0% 5.9% 2.8%
Unrestricted net assets $2,501,919 $2,203,978 $2,267,290 $2,128,628 $2,312,678
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total net assets $2,501,919 $2,203,978 $2,267,290 $2,128,628 $2,312,678

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Material data errors No No No No No


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization


Ms. Shannon Keith

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Beagle Freedom Project

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Beagle Freedom Project

Board of directors
as of 01/20/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Mando Dorame

Beagle Freedom Project

Term: 2022 -

Shannon Keith

Beagle Freedom Project

Angela Talamantes

Beagle Freedom Project

Mando Dorame

Beagle Freedom Project

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/8/2022

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/31/2021

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  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.