Korean K9 Rescue’s second feature on thedodo.com: how to adopt a dog from a korean meat farm

Korean K9 Rescue has been struck by a second stroke of good luck with another feature on thedodo.com!

This time we help inform people “How to Adopt a Dog From a Korean Meat Farm”.


thedodo takes us through the steps.

1. Find a rescue organization near you – That’s where Korean K9 Rescue comes in.

“We take fearful dogs, we take skittish dogs, we take the ones we see a chance of rehabilitation with further once they come here,” Boehler says. “Some of the dogs are not actively social or friendly right away, but we can see that potential in them with a good adopter.”

2. Fill out an application

“A lot of our dogs are Jindo-spitz mixes, and just the breed itself makes very good apartment dogs,” Boehler notes. “They’re very quiet, they’re not big barkers, and they’re very active outside — but in the apartment they can just be a lazy bum.”

3. Make sure you’re ready

“Normally a small, cute, fluffy dog from a puppy mill or pet store is seen as a pet, and mixed-breed dogs are defined as a dog that could be for eating or basically has no soul and is stupid,” Boehler says.

4. Prepare for an interview and home visit

“It’s a law that after five days they have to euthanize in the city shelters,” Boehler says. “So we have a very short window of time to pull these dogs out, and the ones that can be saved, we try to pull as many as we can.”

5. Meet the dog!

“People should know that if they come in to adopt a dog, they should be able to take a little time off work to introduce the dog to [his] new environment,” Boehler advises. “We always tell adopters to go slow and to not do too much too fast too soon with these dogs, because they do need to acclimate, as do most rescue dogs.”

6. Pay the adoption fee!

“Adoption fees vary depending on the organization. When adopting from Korean K9 Rescue, expect a fee of around $500, which helps to offset the cost of transporting the dog from Korea to the states. Korean K9 Rescue donates a portion of its fees to other rescue groups and activists who are fighting the dog meat trade in Korea.”

7. Bring home your new pal (and spend some time with him)

“It’s really critical the first three months that the adopter is prepared to socialize and spend time training and making the dog comfortable,” Boehler says. “Once this happens, I’ve seen these dogs make a complete turnaround from hiding in the crate to basically being the most outgoing dog in daycare.”


Read the full article here: https://www.thedodo.com/close-to-home/adopt-dog-korean-meat-farm



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Korean K9 Rescue Featured on thedodo.com

Korean K9 Rescue has exciting news! We have been featured on the popular animal news website thedodo.com! The article highlights how South Korean president Moon Jae-In has adopted a rescue from the cruel meat trade. The newly-elected leader adopted a 4- year old mixed breed named Tory. This represents a huge step forward for shelter dogs due to superstitions and negative connotations associated with dark coated mixed dogs. Tory will be the very first homeless mixed breed to serve as South Korea’s “first dog”.


Korean K9 Rescue’s activism in preventing the dog meat trade has gained recognition and our Director, Gina Boehler was given the opportunity to say a few words about the subject — “President Moon Jae-In is very aware of the campaigns around the world to ban the dog meat trade in Korea. We believe he will push for change and, in time, it will become illegal to raise dogs for consumption in Korea. He has the power to do it.”


Gina is then quoted again in the article for a closing statement — “I hope that President Moon Jae-In’s adoption of Tory sends a loud message to South Koreans that all dogs are pet dogs,” Boehler says. “We hope this will be a catalyst for a change in mindset, values and compassion and extends to all dogs — even ‘meat dogs’ or strays.”


We are so happy about the recent news and cheers to President Moon Jae-In for his progressive action on animal rights in South Korea. Also congrats to us on our feature. Thank you thedodo.com!

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Adoption Event NYC 7/29 & 7/30

Hi All!

We’re having an adoption event in the NYC area this weekend! Come meet all our adoptable dogs and help them find their forever homes.

Check out our babies here : https://www.petfinder.com/pet-search?shelter_id=NY1374

Saturday 7/29 – Queens, NY @ Wespaw Pets – 44-05 Queens BLVD 11am – 4pm

Sunday 7/30  – Brooklyn NY @ Ps9 Pets – 169 N 9th St 1pm – 5pm

NOTE: If you’ve applied for adoption online please bring out a printed version with you. PLEASE PRINT IT OUT BEFORE YOU PRESS SUBMIT. It would make the process easier for you and also so we could put a face to the name! Link to adoption form here:  




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Deadly Dog Days of Summer – The Boknal Festival

South Korea — the name immediately conjures up images of an advancing country with strong footholds in the tech industry, entertainment industry and is becoming one of the leaders on the world’s stage. Amidst all the modernization and growth, there’s an ugly underworld of inhumane torture and heinous farming of the dog meat trade that many still have no idea about.

South Korea is the only reportedly known Asian country to legalize dog farming to satiate the demand for the meat. With an estimated 10 million dogs or more killed per year, the industry continues to exist even among much debate and protest from its citizens, especially the younger generation.


1.Moran dog meat market protest during Chobok, Boknol 2.Insadong campaign to ban the dog meat trade

Though the consumption of dog meat is a year round practice, the most popular time of year to partake in the eating of dogs is during the summer months and especially during the 3 days of Sambok (삼복). Sambok encompasses the time period which covers the 3 hottest days of the year that typically begins in July and ending in August. The first day of Sambok is Chobok, the second day is typically 10 days after the first day and is known as Jungbok. The last day is called Malbok, which occurs 20 days after Jungbok. The combination of these three days make up Sambok, which is also known as Boknal (복날) – the dog eating days of summer.

During Boknal, the most popular dog meat dish is boshintang (보신탕) aka gae jang guk (개장국), which is roughly translated to “reinvigorating body soup.” Though never medically proven, this purportedly energy boosting soup is supposed to reduce the heat in your body during these hottest days of the lunar calendar. It is in these old beliefs that by torturing the dog prior to slaughter in ways such as electrocution, hanging, or beating would enhance the meat’s medicinal qualities as well as making the meat taste sweeter and more tender. It is through this prolonged period of brutal torture that butchers drag out those final moments prior to the dog’s death so that heightened adrenaline and cortisol can flood the system.


Yangsan city, Kyungsang do, Over 200 dogs at this unregulated unknown dog meat farm

Boknal makes up about 70-80% of the annual consumption of dogs. With approximately 17,000 known dog meat farms in South Korea, there are many more that are hidden and tucked away from the public eye. The sizes of these farms range from a few dogs to a thousand dogs or more. Dogs are kept in wire cages raised off the the ground which causes deformity to their paws. The day the dogs actually have their paws touch the ground for the first time will be the day they are dragged off to the slaughterhouse. The cages in which they are born into are old, rusted, and the living conditions are inhumane with minimal shelter from season to season. They are fed rotten scraps and live alongside their own fecal matter. Most of these dogs will never see to live past 1 year old as it is the belief that dogs at 10 months of age to 1 year old yield the best meat for consumption.


Unknown dog meat farm in Yangsan city, Kyungsang do

It is often assumed that Nureongi (누렁이) or Hwang-gu (황구) aka yellow dog was the main type of dog bred for consumption in South Korea. However, it has been revealed that no dog is immune to becoming a victim of the dog meat trade. Even the nation’s beloved dog, Jindo, is often found to be on these dog meat farms and tortured for food, just like any other.

Many other types of dogs are also consumed, including purebred dogs and even personal pets. Dogs that owners no longer wish to keep due to whatever reason are often times dropped off and abandoned at these dog meat farms. Whether they are family pets or just a stray or unexpected litter, many of these dogs find themselves at these horrific slaughterhouses awaiting their death by torture.


Unknown dog meat farm in Yangsan city, Kyungsang do

Purebred dogs from the puppy mill industry churns out litter after litter to supply to pet shops. Once the breeding dogs are no longer productive, these dogs are frequently sold to dog meat farms for meat or to gaesoju (개소주) shops to make dog tonic. Gaesoju is a medicinal elixir where dogs are cooked along with Chinese herbs to create a tonic that is believed to cure certain ailments as well as invigorate one’s health.

Some Koreans still believe that there is a difference between a pet dog versus meat dog (nureongi) in that meat dogs are not suitable as pets and their only use being livestock for food. This ignorance has led many South Korean citizens to look the other way when it comes to these meat dogs but in reality, they are no different from any other dog. In fact, the nureongi stems from the Spitz family of dogs, same as Korea’s national dog, the Jindo.


Unknown dog meat farm in Yangsan city, Kyungsang do

Though the segment of society that partakes in eating dog meat are generally elderly men and blue collared workers, there are dog meat restaurants in the tourist areas of Seoul as well. Many of these places are tucked away in quiet alleys servicing white collared workers. Though eating dog meat is believed to be for health purposes and to assist with men’s stamina, there has never been documented scientific evidence. Despite these facts, the amount of dogs killed during Boknal still persists and a generation of people still believe these unjustified myths.


Call to action!

Will you help write to our Congressmen for the 2.5 million Korean victims?

HRes401 Reps Group List #98 – #118 (cosponsors of HRes30)

seth.moulton@mail.house.gov, christine.raymond@mail.house.gov, peter.billerbeck@mail.house.gov, haim.engelman@mail.house.gov, nick.stewart@mail.house.gov, thomas.macarthur@mail.house.gov, justin.durbin@mail.house.gov, chris.griswold@mail.house.gov, corey.solow@mail.house.gov, katie.r.allen@mail.house.gov, aaron.wasserman@mail.house.gov, james.himes@mail.house.gov, justin.meuse@mail.house.gov, rachel.kelly@mail.house.gov, emily.richardson@mail.house.gov, samantha.schifrin@mail.house.gov, don.bacon@mail.house.gov, jeffrey.kratz@mail.house.gov, patrick.flood@mail.house.gov, elizabeth.sonvilay@mail.house.gov, dan.kouchi@mail.house.gov, michael.doyle@mail.house.gov, kate.werley@mail.house.gov, bill.pasrell@mail.house.gov, aileen.monahan@mail.house.gov, dylan.sodaro@mail.house.gov, raja.krishnamoorthi@mail.house.gov, maria.oparil@mail.house.gov, midushi.pandey@mail.house.gov, bill.posey@mail.house.gov, christen.kapavik@mail.house.gov, hailey.hart@mail.house.gov, eliza.ramirez@mail.house.gov, thomas.suozzi@mail.house.gov, ellie.arbeit@mail.house.gov, lina.dakheel@mail.house.gov, mike.coffman@mail.house.gov, steve.linton-smith@mail.house.gov, adam.perin@mail.house.gov, stephen.lynch@mail.house.gov, natasha.silva@mail.house.gov, mariana.osorio@mail.house.gov, steve.chabot@mail.house.gov, jonathan.lowe@mail.house.gov, james.burchfield@mail.house.gov, brian.mast@mail.house.gov, sarah.miller@mail.house.gov

List Broken down by Rep:

98. Rep. Moulton, Seth [D-MA-6]

99. Rep. Tenney, Claudia [R-NY-22] – NO EMAIL

100. Rep. MacArthur, Thomas [R-NJ-3]

101. Rep. McEachin, A. Donald [D-VA-4] – NO EMAIL (mailbox unattended)

102. Rep. Kilmer, Derek [D-WA-6] – NO EMAIL

103. Rep. Himes, James A. [D-CT-4]

104. Rep. Price, David E. [D-NC-4] – NO EMAIL

105. Rep. Bacon, Don [R-NE-2]

106. Rep. Hanabusa, Colleen [D-HI-1] – NO EMAIL

107. Rep. Doyle, Michael F. [D-PA-14]

108. Rep. Pascrell, Bill, Jr. [D-NJ-9]

109. Rep. Krishnamoorthi, Raja [D-IL-8]

110. Rep. Pallone, Frank, Jr. [D-NJ-6]
Cosponsored 7/18/17

111. Rep. Posey, Bill [R-FL-8]

112. Rep. Ross, Dennis A. [R-FL-15] – NO EMAIL(mailbox unattended)

113. Rep. Capuano, Michael E. [D-MA-7] – NO EMAIL

114. Rep. Suozzi, Thomas R. [D-NY-3]

115. Rep. Coffman, Mike [R-CO-6]
AR AGsteve.linton-smith@mail.house.gov


Written by: Winnie Ma

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The Blood Sausage Meat Dogs

Is a dog’s suffering worth less than six dollars? This billboard in South Korea made us sick to our stomach. It reads: “Dogs’ blood for sale: 600 grams for ₩6,000. Meat cuts also available.” The wretched letters on the advertisement are accented with red ink.

Earlier this month, news of the dog blood billboard spread across social media networks in South Korea. The response? Many were outraged, horrified, and sad for the dogs. One commenter wrote, “This is the most shocking thing I’ve seen so far.” But while most of the online reactions were red-hot with anger, not many people were willing to take real action to rescue the dogs from their bloody fate.

That is, until a small group of courageous women took matters into their own hands. Soyoung Kim and her friends decided to save the dogs after animal protection agencies declined to help them.

What awaited the women at the dog blood farm was worse than what they had imagined.

Thirteen dogs were packed into dirty, hazardous cages. They were eating the only food given to them inside a blue feeder: rotten internal organs of other deceased dogs. According to the farm owner, the dogs are aware of where their food comes from since they witness the bloodbath. No water bowls, or mercy, were in sight. Despite these deplorable conditions, Soyeon Yu, one of the rescuers, shared how she was surprised that most of the dogs still greeted her with their tails wagging.

“You don’t think I’m the only in this area, do you? How many dogs can you save?” the farm owner taunted the rescuers. And he’s not wrong. His farm is located in Hwaseong—a city where it’s not uncommon to see dog meat sold in many of its restaurants and dog meat slaughterhouses occupying filthy farmlands. Each year, South Korea’s industrialized and unregulated dog meat trade tortures and kills two million dogs for human consumption, according to government data.

The farm owner, an elderly man, told the rescuers that dogs’ blood is usually sold to workers from Vietnam and China who use it to make blood sausage. He also proposed a deal to the rescuers: pay him if they wanted to save the 13 dogs. The price of their freedom? ₩1,300,000 (approximately $1,140). The rescuers were distraught but had no other option. Thanks to Yu’s Instagram posts asking for donations, they were able to pay for the dogs and some of the veterinary costs to help rehabilitate them.

But the dogs’ road to recovery has been far from smooth.

All of the dogs were malnourished, suffering from poor hygiene, and are battling deep emotional scars. When they were finally freed from confinement, most of them were confused and clinging to their rusty cramped cages out of fear. One of the dogs died shortly after taking a few steps outside of his cage at the farm. To honor his brief but brave life, the rescuers held a funeral and named him Hwansaeng, which means “rebirth” in Korean.

Three other dogs died due to poor health. As of June 20, 2017, nine survivors remain. Four are currently receiving treatment for heartworm and tick infections. The other five dogs are recovering well at a local no-kill shelter.

Due to increasing complaints, the farm owner took down the billboard selling dog blood. Hyunwoo Kim, one of the women who helped bring the dogs to safety, told us that the rescuers will remain vigilant about prevention:

We’ll continue to keep a close watch on the dog blood farm so that they don’t raise more dogs in that ugly manner ever again. Yet, this farm is just one of many in operation. Too many dogs are under constant abuse and slaughtered in an unnecessarily cruel way. Dog-eating countries, such as South Korea and China, claim that it is part of their culture passed down through many generations. Such claim, however, is no longer justifiable given the abundance of other alternative food sources, which were not readily available in the past.

Shutting down a single slaughterhouse may not sound like a big victory, but it is a bold step at weakening the merciless dog meat trade.

Korean K9 Rescue is excited to partner with Bodam, a South Korean organization that supports at-risk dogs and international pet adoptions, to give the surviving dogs from the farm another chance at a happy life in New York City and Seattle. If you are interested in adopting one of the nine brave Korean K9s, please fill out this application.

With South Korea hosting the 2018 Winter Olympics and its president Moon Jae-in publicly supporting animal rights, the conversation about legislating a ban on dog meat is critical now more than ever.

Will YOU please join us in speaking out for compassion?


Here’s how you can help:


  1. Tell the city of Hwaseong to shut down its dog meat farms.

    Share this article with your friends and use the #BanKoreanDogMeat hashtag on social media to amplify KK9R’s call to end South Korea’s unregulated dog meat industry.

    To make a targeted impact, hold Hwaseong’s Mayor and its citizens accountable by adding a post on/tagging Hwaseong’s social media pages:
    – Hwaseong’s Facebook page: facebook.com/hscity
    – Hwaseong’s Twitter: @hwaseong_city  
    – Hwaseong’s Instagram: @hwaseong_city

    Here are some sample messages*:
    Bloody @hwaseong_city needs to #BanKoreanDogMeat. Read about this slaughterhouse and stand with me: <bit.ly/SHORT URL TO KK9R ARTICLE GOES HERE> #화성 #개식용반대

    *The two Korean hashtags at the end of the message mean “Hwaseong”  and “Against Dog Meat.”
  2. Join our #BanKoreanDogMeat Movement

    Follow Korean K9 Rescue on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for the latest news on our rescue efforts and future adoptions events.

    You can also subscribe to our newsletter <LINK TO NEWSLETTER ? GOES HERE> for periodical updates.
  3. Be a KK9R Ambassador

    When you open your home to a dog rescued by KK9R, you become an ambassador for your adopted/foster dog and to the millions of dogs waiting to be freed in South Korea’s dog meat industry.

    To be part of our KK9R Ambassador Network, please fill out this application to adopt or foster a dog.
  4. Make a donation to support KK9R’s mission

    Korean K9 Rescue saves dogs from slaughterhouses, puppy mills, and high-kill shelters in  South Korea. Our rescued dogs have a slim chance at finding forever homes in their homeland because of the stigma around former meat dogs/rescued dogs being “dirty” and “stupid.” As you can see from these adoptable dogs, that’s far from the truth!
    We proudly partner with Korean rescue groups to provide our dogs a second chance at a happy life in the U.S. We also give back a portion of every adoption fee to reputable rescue groups that save dogs day and night.
    Donate today  to help us give a brighter future to more dogs.

If you have any questions about KK9R, email us at koreank9rescue@gmail.com. Thank you for your loving support for our dogs.

Special thanks to Hyunwoo Kim for helping us gather photos and translate parts of this article.


Written by: Jenny Lee

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