Why should I adopt a rescue dog from Korea?
First, it is important to understand that dogs play a complex role in Korean society. Two million dogs are raised in cages and brutally slaughtered for their meat. Some dogs in Korea have a luxurious lifestyle while others are tortured beyond most people’s imagination.
Even though the “meat” or “farmed” dogs in Korea are rescued, they rarely have a chance to be adopted due to the “stigma.” If we don’t rescue dogs from high kill shelters or from the streets or markets, they often end up in the dog meat farms/markets.
When dog rescuers see that rescue farmed dogs are adopted by a loving family, they will become more inspired and work harder to save these farmed dogs as well. You are adopting just one dog but the impact of your action will be huge.
Where does the dog come from?
FKD works with six different dog rescue groups & shelters in Korea. The dogs from our partners are rescued from dog meat trade, euthanasia or being strayed. Successful adoption for this segment of dogs within Korea is very low. FKD specializes in finding suitable forever homes for these dogs in Canada. FKD works with our partnered rescue groups & shelters in the selection of dogs that are healthy & friendly. If necessary, we send our rescues to foster homes and training schools.
Does the dog get vaccinated and spayed/neutered?
All dogs FKD selected are spayed/neutered and microchipped and completed all standard quarantine and vaccination processes at our partner animal hospitals in Korea. The adopters will get the health certificate that proves the dog has received vaccinations for Rabies, DHPPL, Influenza, and Kennel Cough. Each dog also must have proof of completing Giardia and Heartworm tests.
How much does it cost to adopt a Korean rescue dog?
The adoption fee is $720 CAD including tax and 280 CAD for disabled and senior dogs (over 8 year old). The adoption fee helps to offset the cost to transport the dog from Korea to Canada.
Why is your organization named “Free” Korean Dogs if you charge an adoption fee?
In our organization name, we are referring to “freeing” or liberating the dogs from the dog meat trade and suffering. It is not a monetary reference.
Where are the dogs currently? Can we meet them?
Most dogs on our website are still in Korea. Upon matching the dog to a suitable home in Canada, FKD will start to coordinate the necessary travel plan through flight volunteers or airline cargo services. FKD does not provide a “Foster to Adopt” option.
Is foster to adopt possible?
It is possible but only in very special circumstances. We don’t encourage foster to adopt.
Do you send Korean dogs to the US or UK ?
No. FKD only takes applications from residents in Ontario, BC & Quebec, Canada:
- Ontario – Greater Toronto Area, Barrie, Brantford, Cambridge, Guelph, Hamilton, Kitchener, London, Waterloo & Ottawa
- BC – Greater Vancouver Area, Langley & Surrey
- Quebec – Montreal
I am a little bit nervous about adopting a Korean rescue dog. Is there anything I should know?
No, it is similar to adopting a rescue dog in general. Each dog has a unique history, experience and personality. As with any dog, they will need some time to adjust to their new home with you. We ask that you provide our rescue dogs with love and patience – we know that they will return the favor many times over. We also have the great online community, FKD Adopters Network.