On April 17, 2021, Free Korean Dogs (alongside our Korean rescue partners) liberated 15 dogs from a restaurant in Yongin, Korea who was raising them for dog meat soup. They were kept in filthy, rusted cages and fed only scraps of human waste, waiting to be handpicked for slaughter whenever a customer ordered “fresh” dog meat soup off the menu.
Rosie was one of the 15 rescued dogs. She was visibly pregnant at the time, and gave birth to 5 beautiful puppies 2 weeks later. Due to her weakened state resulting from a life of negligence and malnutrition, she managed to naturally deliver only one of the puppies until she was too weak to carry on. An emergency C-section was performed, and 4 other babies came into the world shortly after. Unfortunately, 2 were stillborn and only 3 survived.
We are unsure if this was her first litter, but we know it will be her last. Rosie also underwent a spay surgery during her cesarean, ensuring her life would never be threatened again, and keeping with our responsibility as a rescue to stop contributing to the worldwide issue of homeless dogs and overpopulation.
Our sweet girl has already proven herself to be an amazing mother in caring for and nursing her babies. We are happy to report both mother and puppies are doing well so far after the traumatic birth. We feel extremely lucky the puppies were born in our care; had Rosie gone into labor at the restaurant, it is likely both she and her puppies would have succumbed to fatal complications. Once they have been medically cleared, the family will be moved to our partner shelter where they will receive the best possible care and attention.
Sponsor Rosie and Her Puppies
Rosie and her puppies are looking for your help so they can continue their journey to recovery and prepare for the next chapter of their lives in search of forever families. Rosie’s treatments have included diagnostic testing, x-rays, bloodwork, c-section and spay surgery, medication, and boarding. The puppies have and will be provided wellness exams, vaccinations, deworming, prevention medications, and spay/neuter during appropriate stages of life.
Contribute wholly or partially to their medical bills. Every little bit counts; no amount is too little. If you are not in the position to donate at this time, please help us share their story so we can continue to spread education, awareness, and rescue programs for dog meat rescues.
Written by Sara Liao, Board of Directors & Adoption Manager