One of the biggest challenges for dog rescue in Korea is to find a place to shelter rescued dogs. That’s why we are so grateful to Ms Jung and her Chungdo Shelter.
Most private shelters and city pounds are overcrowded. Our current shelter is small and cannot hold many dogs so we often have to search for places to temporarily board our rescue dogs.
Ms Jung has been running a private shelter, located in a small village surrounded with mountains in Daegu, in the south of the Korean peninsula. It is not easy for her to take care of over 150 dogs by herself, but when we asked for help she always finds room.
Many of our rescue dogs have stayed at her shelter during medical treatment or while waiting for adoption. She has dedicated her whole life to dogs who need help, and often says that when you leave the world you bring nothing with you. Why not share with the weak and poor animals?
When I go to Korea, I try to visit Ms Jung’s shelter and help her with international adoption. Several of her dogs have been adopted by our supporters in the US and Canada. This time I visited the shelter with Gina Lori, our adoption facilitator in NYC.
Gina raised some funds to help the dogs at Mr Jung’s and also brought some medication for the dogs. We stayed at the shelter overnight, sleeping in one of the dog rooms where senior dogs stay. The room was full of dogs very curious about us. The room also had gigantic pee pads (layers of newspaper) and lots of poop. But we had a wonderful night there; it was a doggy heaven lightly frosted with pee and poop.
Ms Jung’s wish is for her dogs to find their forever loving homes abroad. She has not had good experience with adoption in Korea. Sadly people often dump their dogs when they get sick or “make trouble,” and the dogs they abandon often end up in the dog meat market. How frustrating to work so hard to save a dog from the dog meat trade, only to see the adopter sell the dog right back into the meat market.
Ms Jung is getting old and is busy taking care of senior and sick dogs, with no time for young dogs. We are trying to help the dogs at Ms Jung’s shelter to find homes in the US and Canada. Please help us find forever homes for Ms Jung’s dogs.