In Korea, over two million dogs are tortured and slaughtered for human consumption every year. As part of the efforts to stop the dog meat trade, many animal rights activists work hard to shut down dog meat farms run illegally. But it is not easy. The biggest challenge is to find homes for the dogs rescued from a dog farm. While small pure dog breeds are popular in Korea, the ‘farmed’ dogs have a very difficult time to get adopted because of the stigma. Once in awhile we hear tragic news that the farmed dogs got euthanized after being rescued because no one adopted them. The poor dogs had nowhere to go. One of our missions is to help out the farmed dogs to get adopted. Since January, we have been working with Kyung Hee Kim who shut down a dog meat farm in Paju, Korea last November.
Kim and her colleagues discovered a place in a small town in Paju that had endless sounds of dogs barking and whining. Over the fence, they could see dogs and puppies bunched up in small cages. The cages had the typical wire floor which made dogs’ small feet constantly fall through the floor. There was a total of 80 dogs and puppies; the dog farm owner said that the full grown dogs were used for meat and the little ones for broth. Some dogs were nervous and terrified but many of them were quite friendly. They waved their tails to strangers despite their situation.
Kim and her colleagues thought that it was not right to leave the dogs in such atrocious condition so they decided to rescue the dogs. The dog farm owner didn’t want to give them up at first. It took a long time to convince him to sign the agreement that he would leave the dog meat business completely and surrender the dogs to the group.
At the time of rescue, 9 puppies were still feeding on breast milk with 3 mother dogs. More than twenty puppies were about 3 months old. The rest of the dogs were mostly younger than 1 year old. So far, 20 dogs have been adopted in North America. But still there are 60 dogs left behind.
We bring two of the rescue dogs to Toronto in mid March. It takes tremendous amount of work, dedication and funds in taking care of the dogs and flying them over to Canada. We wish that we can bring them all to Canada, but we cannot do it without your help. These beautiful 60 rescue dogs deserve a happy life just like any other dogs. Please support the cause of making a difference in the lives of these poor dogs.