We’re excited to announce that Free Korean Dogs is establishing a new shelter in Korea. The planned opening date is January, 2017 and there’s already a long lineup of rescue dogs in waiting.
EK is in Korea working to secure the property, construction, required permits and all the many other details that go into making it happen. We are very fortunate in that she will be working on this project with our latest team member, Jinoak Oh. We have been collaborating with Jinoak for some time now, so we’re very excited to have access to her incredible experience, insight and connections.
Strategic Plan for Rescue and Adoption
The shelter project is part of our overall strategic plan to establish an efficient, reliable and cost effective rescue and adoption operation. Our primary focus is the adoption of dogs rescued from the Korean dogs meat trade. As you can imagine, however, the process is both complex and expensive. The operation consists the following services:
- Boarding, nutrition, recovery and socialization
- Veterinary services (through our local partners)
- Ground transportation from shelter to airport
- Forwarding services for health certificate, transport and customs documentation
- Cargo and flight volunteer air transportation
- Adoption assistance at destination airport
- Love, compassion and lots of belly rubs
Upping Our Game
In our first year of operation, we learned a lot about dog rescue and international adoption. The best practices and lessons learned along the way will help us as we step up our operation to the next level. The next few months will be a flurry of activity and full of new challenges. It will be well worth it, however, as every dog deserves a loving home.
There are so many dogs needlessly suffering in Korea. But we can make a real difference on the ground in Korea by saving as many dogs as possible, as cheaply and efficiently as we can. We need to make every dollar count to move as many dogs to safety as possible before it’s too late.