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Dogs Rescued from South Korean Dog Meat Farm Available for Adoption at HSWC

HAGERSTOWN – Earlier this month, the Humane Society of Washington County (HSWC) accepted eight dogs rescued from a dog meat farm in South Korea by Humane Society International (HSI). Several of the dogs are available for adoption today. The others are expected to be available later this week after they are spayed and neutered. The Korean dogs include an adult Terrier mix, an adult Lhasa Apso mix, and six 5-month-old Jindo mix puppies.

“As a member of The Humane Society of the United States’ Shelter and Rescue Partner program, HSWC is regularly asked to take animals from cases across the country. This time we were asked by their international arm, HSI, to take animals from the other side of the world. Knowing these animals were helpless victims of the dog meat business, we just couldn’t say no,” said Kim Jones, Director of Operations. “We are happy that these dogs will now be able to enjoy fulfilling lives with families who love them.”

HSI worked with the farmer and local groups in South Korea to close down this dog meat farm, which held more than 200 dogs and puppies. The farmer, who had raised dogs for human consumption for 14 years before approaching HSI for help, will transition to a more profitable and humane livelihood by expanding his medicinal herb farm. This is the thirteenth dog meat farm in South Korea that HSI has helped close down.

HSI transported the dogs to the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands to be rehomed.  

Available animals at HSWC, including those from South Korea, are spayed or neutered, microchipped, vaccinated and up-to-date on worm and flea preventatives prior to being placed up for adoption. The HSWC also provides adopters with a complimentary health visit at a participating veterinarian, as well as an option for 30 days of free health insurance for their new family member. These services are valued at more than $450.

The Humane Society of Washington County exists to promote the welfare of companion and domestic animals through educational programs and initiatives that reduce pet overpopulation, endorse fostering, enrich adoptions, and encourage responsible pet guardianship.