After a long and heartbreaking journey, Daegong is now part of our Olympic family in Canada.
Daegong’s journey began in Korea, where he was devocalized to prevent him from barking. Now when he tries to bark it sounds like he’s coughing. He was then abused and abandoned by his original owners.
He passed through several foster homes in Korea, but had no luck in finding a forever home. He was abandoned over and over again before being found by one of our colleagues, Chungsol, a Buddhist nun and dedicated dog rescuer in Korea.
After giving Daegong a thorough vet checkup and vaccinations, Chungsol asked if we could find a nice forever home for Daegong in Canada.
The Olympic-size Journey Home
Pretty soon Daegong, along with five of his friends, made the long journey to Toronto, Canada. We posted Daegong’s profile on our adoption site, which is where Meagan Duhamel first laid eyes on Daegong.
Meagan Duhamel is a two-time world pairs figure skating champion and Olympic silver medalist. She also adopted Mootae, another of our rescues, earlier in 2017. This time she had her parent’s in mind. As it happens, Daegong and Mootae were shelter mates back in Korea.
Daegong is incredibly well mannered for a dog that has been abused and abandoned so many times. As soon as Daniel sat down, Daegong jumped right up into his lap and it was love at first sight. Some dogs just refuse to let their will be broken.
Daegong was very lucky to find his Olympic family in Canada, but each year over 2.5 million dogs are slaughtered for their meat in Korea. Small dogs like Daegong and Mootae are often used to make Gaesoju, a medicinal dog tonic.Of all the dogs slaughtered each year in Korea, about seventy percent are killed during Boknal, a dog meat festival held during the hottest days of summer.
We are so grateful to Meagan, Heidi and Daniel for inviting Mootae and Daegong into their Olympic family, and saving them both from a horrible fate. Together we will end the Korean dog meat trade.