Though testing on animals for products like cosmetics is generally frowned upon the United States, there are still laboratories throughout the country that use them for testing. For a woman named Julie Germany, she knows this all too well: she was a volunteer in one such lab. It was there that she met a young coonhound that was bred and born for the sole purpose of being a test subject. The dog resided in a government funded laboratory in Washington, D.C. It is in that facility that doctors use dogs to practice surgical techniques. But Julie was determined to make sure these dogs knew they were loved.
Julie spent her lunch hour each day visiting the lab to interact with the dogs there. She would take them from their cages on walks and shower them with the love and attention they needed. Of all the dogs in the laboratory, the coonhound named Violet stood out from the pack. She looked so sad in the lab and did not want to get back in her cage when play time was over. It was then that Julie made a promise to Violet: she promised her that she would get her out of there. Dogs in that particular facility apparently either were adopted or euthanized.
So, a few months later Julie got a call that Violet was no longer needed at the lab. This was her chance; Julie went over to the lab and fulfilled her promise to Violet and got her out of the facility. Although it has taken some time for Violet to adjust to life on the outside, she is slowly coming out of her shell and even making friends with her new brother: a cat named Bart. Violet still battles strong anxiety, but has made huge leaps in her time with Julie and it’s all up from here for her!