We’re closing out 2016 with an adoption challenge. The goal is to fly six Korean rescue puppies to Toronto and find them forever homes before the new year. Help us bring these six precious puppies home for the holidays.
Please donate now to help bring these puppies home for the holidays.
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Update: December 27th
Two of the six puppies scheduled to fly (Jiho and Jini) have contracted a minor skin infection and require veterinary treatment. As the infection may be contagious, we have decided not to fly them until they have completed treatment. The four other puppies are being sheltered in a different location, so they are OK to fly. They will be joined by Dooroo and Wani, who are currently being sheltered at our headquarters in Toronto, so there will still be six puppies at the adoption event.
Jiho and Jini will fly later in the month after they’ve completed their treatment and the infection is gone. Although they won’t make it to Toronto in time for the Home for the Holidays adoption event, we will be sure to find them the forever homes they deserve. At least they’ll be here in time to enjoy the wonderful Canadian winter! :)
Wooftown Adoption Event
If all six puppies are adopted before the end of the year, we will have rescued 200 dogs in 2016. That’s 200 dogs rescued from the Korean dog meat trade and adopted into loving forever homes. You can meet the puppies at our Home for the Holidays adoption event on Friday, December 30th from 4 to 7 pm at Wooftown.
These particular puppies were rescued from a dog tonic shop in Korea. Dog tonic, or Gaesoju (개소주), is a medicinal extract made by boiling a dog in a slow cooker along with herbs such as ginger and jujube. Some believe that the tonic has medicinal properties and increases stamina.
Help Bring Them Home for the Holidays
The first part of the Home for the Holidays challenge is to send the dogs via air cargo to Toronto. The puppies have all received vaccinations and veterinary treatment. Now we need our community’s support to raise the funds for air and ground transport, customs fees and quarantine certificate costs. In total, we need to raise USD$2,500 to fly these puppies to safety. If we raise more than the target amount, the additional funds will be used to fly even more Korean rescue dogs to their forever homes in the US and Canada.
Come to Wooftown and meet the puppies on Friday, December 30th, from 4 to 7 pm at 10 Birch Avenue. If you’ve already adopted from Free Korean Dogs, we encourage you to drop by and meet the other members of the Free Korean Dogs extended family. If you would like to learn more about adopting a Korean rescue dog, this is a great opportunity to ask questions from those with direct experience.
We hope this will be the first of many events to come and the start of a wonderful partnership with our good friends at Wooftown. We are very grateful to Jonathan and his incredible team for hosting this event.
Free Korean Dogs’ founder EK Park shared mixed feelings about this milestone event:
I’m encouraged by the incredible effort and collaboration that went into saving these 200 precious lives. But I can’t stop thinking about the millions we left behind. We must end the dog meat trade.
Patricia Yager Delagrange says
I’m just wondering about adopting one of these rescue dogs from the dog meat trade in Korea – if I live in the San Francisco Bay Area. Is it even possible?
EK Park says
It is possible. However, we really rarely have flight volunteers to SF. So our recommendation is to use a cargo service to get your dog from Korea.
Dear EK and Greg,
You are angels in the universe. I follow your cause and would like to adopt a Korean rescue dog in the hopes of spreading a larger scale awareness and prompt more people to join the cause. If I live in Florida, US, would NYC be the closest adoption event? When is your next US based adoption event?
Also, I have given a donation, but would also like to know if you have a need for donation of time and ideas. I would love to strategize with you aside from finding loving homes for all traumatized yet spared dogs (cats?) how to educate and prevent these atrocities going forward.
Anne Hubbert says
Are these six puppies available for adoption or have they been placed with a family. I would really like to visit on December 30 to find out more.
EK Park says
they will be available at Wooftown. But if you have a specific dog in mind, I recommend you to submit your application. We’ve been getting many requests and some would be adopted before the event. Thank you.
How about Vancouver ?
Greg Mount says
Yep. We’re onboarding a new adoption facilitator in Vancouver right now and are planning to focus on Vancouver adoptions in 2017. Sign up for the email newsletter or follow our Facebook page for updates.
Hi there , wanting to adopt a younging, any pups available? Would love to offer a loving home