It has officially been 2 months since we rescued and took custody of the 15 dogs from a restaurant in Yongin, Korea where they were destined to be handpicked for slaughter whenever a patron ordered fresh (dog) meat soup off the menu. They were kept in small, filthy cages on the property behind the restaurant, strategically positioned away from public eyes despite being known in town for selling dog meat.
Today, all 15 dogs are currently staying at our partner boarding house and we are happy to report they continue to do well while enjoying their new found freedom. 8 dogs were recently deemed healthy enough to undergo their spay/neuter surgeries, with another 6 dogs scheduled to receive their surgeries during the last weekend of the month.
6 New Faces:
With the addition of 2 litters, we now have 6 puppies who are growing up fast! The first 3 are from Rosie, who gave birth 2 weeks after being rescued. After a dramatic labor in which an emergency c-section was required, she gave birth to 5 beautiful babies. Unfortunately, 2 of the puppies were stillborn. Her surviving puppies have thrived, and with the help of our friends from social media, have been named Rolie, Olie, and Polie.
Less than 2 weeks later, our other pregnant rescue Suzie gave birth. Although a less dramatic birth, it was none the less stressful as 2 puppies were stillborn and one passed shortly after. While motherhood instincts agreed with Rosie, who we suspect is not a first-time mother, Suzie needed a little more guidance and intervention in caring for and feeding her babies. Her babies, Chadol, Chasoon, and Chawoo are doing well despite a rocky start. Chadol, who was the runt of the litter, needed to be hand reared by our volunteers as his mother refused to nurse him. Unfortunately, Suzie also tested positive for heartworms, of which she is currently being treated for. Once complete, she will undergo her spay surgery as soon as it is deemed safe.
Princess Finds Her Happily Ever After:
Earlier this month, Princess became our first Yongin rescue to arrive in Canada! After passing her health exam and behavioral assessment with flying colors, Princess was spayed, vaccinated, and took her freedom flight to Vancouver where she met her forever family. Now known as Millie, she joins her adoptive brother Benny (formally Laon) who is also a FKD alumnus and dog meat trade survivor
It’s certainly been a hectic 2 months with still a ways to go, but we’re moving upwards and onwards!
Written by Sara Liao, Board of Directors & Adoption Manager