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.
There is no doubt 2017 represents an important and amazing year for Free Korean Dogs. Of the 240 dogs we rescued, some were saved directly from the dog meat traders while some were saved from various high kill shelters in Korea. The rehoming process is the next huge challenge after we rescued these dogs – finding foster homes in Korea, flight volunteers and interviewing hundreds of very qualified adopters are no easy tasks. But the joy of seeing each of the Korean rescue dog finding its own forever home is indescribable.
Over 70% of these dogs were adopted in Toronto, Canada. In 2017, our organization was able to match 7 disabled dogs to their wonderful new families in Toronto. We are very grateful to our very generous Canadian adopters who opened their hearts to the ones who need help and love the most.
According to the Chinese Lunar Calendar, 2018 is the year of the dog. We look forward to making further progress this year to combat the dog and cat meat trade industry in Korea. We will put more efforts to work with Korean animal rights activists to stop the inhumane practice and save more dogs.
Please help us free more dogs from suffering in Korea.