UPDATE: Ten dogs from South Korea adopted or on hold
August 8, 2016
The 10 dogs who arrived at AHS from South Korea last week have been adopted or are on hold for adoption.
Thank you for your interest and support in AHS's first international transport!
ORIGINAL: South Korean dogs rescued from dog meat farms arrive at AHS Wednesday, August 3
August 4, 2016
Animal Humane Society welcomed our first international transport this week. On Wednesday, August 3, ten puppies arrived at AHS from South Korea where they were rescued from one of the country’s 17,000 dog meat farms.
This project began when a Minnesota contact put AHS in touch with Nami Kim, an animal advocate in South Korea. Nami works to shut down dog meat farms by helping farm owners find new, more humane ways to make a living. She then builds relationships with organizations in the U.S. that can rehome the rescued animals. These ten puppies were among 300 that were rescued from a dog meat farm and will be Nami’s largest transport to the U.S. to date.
This international transport was paid in full by a group of generous California donors unaffiliated with AHS. Pilots N Paws — an organization made up of volunteer pilots and plane owners who help with animal transportation — assisted with part of the puppies’ journey from South Korea.
The dogs are currently undergoing medical exams and spay/neuter surgeries. We expect they will be ready for adoption by the weekend. Interested adopters should watch the AHS adoption page for when they become available.
More than 2.5 million dogs are abused, slaughtered, and eaten in South Korea each year. Dogs from these meat farms are often tortured before they are butchered because Korean folklore claims meat from tortured dogs enhances male virility, combats fatigue, and balances the body’s heat during the hot summer days. Thankfully, South Koreans increasingly see this folklore for what it is — myth — and the work of people like Nami is helping to tell a new story.
That story involves you. Because of your support, AHS is able to offer the puppies a safe haven and the opportunity for a loving home in Minnesota.
Going forward, AHS hopes to continue helping this cause. We also hope the dogs that arrived this week help serve as ambassadors — not only to bring attention to the dog meat industry, but also to show those in other countries the value Minnesotans and Americans place on companion animals.