In an industrial like building there are rows upon rows of kennels and the sounds of loud barking echoing through. As you walk down each aisle, scurrying little feet follow you along, begging for pets and starving for attention. These are the residents of the Yangpyung Pound – a high kill city shelter.
Dori was one of 4 puppies born to a family rescued from the floods in Korea where they were intended to be slaughtered for meat during Boknal, a traditional South Korean day of eating dog meat.
It was love at first sight when we adopted Gracie from Free Korean Dogs rescue. She was spared the cooking pot in South Korea, where millions of dogs are brutally killed in the dog meat trade each year. Many of these rescue dogs come with a history of trauma.
In December of 2017, I had the opportunity to volunteer as a flight courier for two dogs, Tongki and Barny, who found their forever homes through Free Korean Dogs. I write my experience in the hopes that more people volunteer for this wonderful organization.
As we countdown to celebrate the new year, the mental images of 240 Korean rescue dogs meeting their forever loving families in 2017 brought some cheerful tears to my eyes.
Some dog owners do not realize how traumatic and terrified their dogs feel when they are abandoned, surrendered and dumped.
Matilda is a 3-year-old female Labrador mix rescued from Korea. This sweet girl is looking for her forever home in Toronto.
Da-Haeng is a survivor of the Korean dog meat trade. He’s a brindle Korean Jindo dog approximately two years old. One eye needed to be removed, he has very little sight in the other and he’s currently being treated for heartworm.
We are sometimes asked why we focus on helping dogs in Korea when there are so many dogs in Canada and the US that need our help. The answer is simple: compassion knows no borders.
Estefi and Meijun adopted their beloved Guillermo from Free Korean Dogs on February 03, 2017.
Here is a letter from Emily and Nevan who adopted the beautiful rescue dog, Finn, from Korea.
It took an 8-hour car ride and a 14-hour flight, but Hoi and Sidney have finally arrived in Toronto. These two dogs rescued from a puppy mill in South Korea got the best Christmas present of all: a loving forever home.