I know they can hold it for 10 hours, but there will be the rare accident. Personally, I can't stand to leave Lucky alone for the 8 hours I am at work. I come home on my lunch breaks to let him out and play with him. I sacrifice free lunch at work to do this. So Lucky is only home about 4 hours alone at any given time. There are days when work is too busy and I cannot go home for lunch. He does just fine on those days too. Lucky does have his own room with a huge bed and a nice low window for him to look out of. I also play music (doggie music) to calm him. He sleeps most of the day. If you don't have a fenced in yard or room for your beagle to stay in while you are gone, I definitely suggest crate training. Oh and WELCOME by the way! /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif I hope you do indeed decide to get a rescue!