About

We are a passionate and dedicated group of volunteers in New York City. We work in partnership with local and regional South Korean dog rescuers/activists and high-kill shelters. Many of our dogs come from the brutal dog meat trade and are also puppy mill survivors. These two billion dollar industries work hand in hand with each other. We bring them to the US for adoption because they have a very low chance of ever finding homes in their homeland because of the “stigma” associated with unwanted dogs.

We are also working to end the dog meat trade in Korea where over 2.5 million dogs a year are tortured and slaughtered for consumption because of the belief that tortured dog meat gives medicinal benefits. Our #BanDogMeat Movement is creating awareness and pressure on the South Korean government to put an end to this brutal trade.

Please email us at info@koreank9rescue.org for more information and follow us on Facebook.

Korean K9 Rescue, Inc. (P.O. Box 1092, Long Island City, NY 11101) is a New York not-for-profit corporation that was incorporated in January 2017 and is working with legal counsel to obtain section 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. Check the IRS guidelines regarding contributions to organizations with pending IRS applications. Any updates to Korean K9 Rescue, Inc.’s status as a tax-exempt organization will be posted on Korean K9 Rescue, Inc.’s website.

 


 

Gina Boehler
Founder/Director

Gina started rescuing dogs and cats locally in 2012 and has since re-homed thousands of homeless dogs throughout New York City by working with a large private Brooklyn no-kill animal shelter. She is always on call for animal emergencies.

Born in South Korea, Gina came to the US at a young age and learned about the plight of the Korean dog meat trade several years ago. Armed with a background in animal rescue and activism she founded Korean K9 Rescue and is working to end the dog meat trade in Korea with the partnership of many local and regional Korean activists and rescuers. Gina believes together we can change values through acts of compassion, not necessarily just words.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Tina Khanolkar

Board Member 

Tina graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in English and currently is a project manager at an IT company.  She is a new member in the dog rescue world – in fact, she adopted her first dog from a Korean rescue group in December 2016.  After learning about the dog meat trade in Korea, she decided that she would like to help create a new dog rescue group based in New York.

 

 

 

 

 


Jenny Lee
Board Member/Foster

Jenny is a community manager and loyal friend to dogs everywhere. She fosters dogs with Korean K9 Rescue because she wants to live in a world where all animals (including humans) have another chance at a joyful life.

Check out Jenny’s piece on The Blood Sausage Meat Dogs and follow her fostering adventures on Instagram.

 

 

 

 

 


Nick Sadiku
Operations Manager

Nick Sadiku graduated from St John’s University with a BS in Finance and has over 10 years of financial services experience. His hobbies include playing soccer, running, and Muay Thai.

Nick’s passion for animal rescue first sparked when he adopted his dog, Cena. Five years ago, a rescuer saved Cena, a blind and deaf double dapple Dachshund, from a cruel life at a backyard breeder’s home in Virginia. The rescuer’s selfless act for Cena made Nick realize that volunteering to help animals in need and advocating for animal rights could make a difference — even if it is just for one animal, it will change that one animal’s life forever. He strongly believes in the importance of being a voice for the animals and especially raising awareness about the dog meat trade.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Sue Dao
Director of Philanthropy 

Sue Dao is from New York City and works in Sales and Marketing for the Specialty Food Industry. Sue has always had a great love for animals in general and dogs in particular. Last year, she adopted a rescue by chance and that started her education in the inhumane treatment of animals around the world. Sue is currently working to raise funds and awareness in an effort to end the dog meat trade in Korea.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Lindsey Gibson
Foster Coordinator

Lindsey is a health researcher and writer with a master’s degree in public health from NYU. She has two decades of experience working with dogs and adopted her own dog, Ali, through KK9 in 2017. She is a passionate advocate for the voiceless and brings her experience in program coordination to the foster coordinator role. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Erika Cabrera
Volunteer Coordinator

Erika is a mother of one and a Pre-School teacher. She obtained a Master’s Degree in Early Education from Grand Canyon University. Although she loves teaching, she has developed a strong love for dogs and other animals. She has always loved animals but truly discovered her passion for dogs after learning about the terrible dog and cat meat trade in Asia. It was when she attended a protest against the Dog Meat Trade that she met Gina. Since then, they have been working together to help as many dogs as possible to give them a chance at a better life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Hannah Saona
Dog Trainer

Hannah’s passion for dog psychology began in 2009 when she adopted her first beloved dog, Lucas. Her dedication to rehabilitate Lucas into a well-behaved companion inspired the founding of her own company, The Fit Pup, where the goal is to “master the walk.”

With more than seven years of experience working with dogs and owners from all walks of life, Hannah is in her element when it comes to pack walks. She has trained with renowned dog behaviorists like Cheri Lucas and Brian Agnew, and continues to advance her education on the latest training techniques in dog psychology. In short, Hannah is Korean K9 Rescue’s very own “dog whisperer.”

 


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