Become a Flight Volunteer

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**UPDATE: The outbreak of COVID-19 has made our need for flight volunteers very urgent. If you’re not traveling from Seoul, but want to help, please click here.**


An estimated 2.5 million dogs are raised and killed for their meat every year in South Korea. Since 2017, In Defense of Animals has partnered with Jindo Love Rescue to save hundreds of dogs each year and place them in loving forever homes in the U.S. and Canada.

In order to save so many dogs, In Defense of Animals and Jindo Love Rescue rely on travelers who volunteer to bring dogs with them when they fly from South Korea to the U.S.


Dog meat survivor Tigress got her flight to freedom thanks to a flight volunteer

Dog meat survivor Tigress got her flight to freedom thanks to a flight volunteer


If you, or someone you know, is flying from Seoul directly to the U.S. you, or they, can help give a dog saved from the horrific meat trade an entirely new life.

We currently need flight volunteers flying directly from Seoul, South Korea to:

  • Atlanta (ATL)
  • Boston (BOS)
  • Chicago (ORD)
  • Dallas (DFW)
  • Las Vegas (LAS)
  • Los Angeles (LAX)
  • New York (JFK)
  • San Francisco (SFO)
  • Seattle (SEA)
  • Washington, D.C. (Dulles and IAD)

Volunteering is easy. If you are a traveler who wants to help, just follow the steps below. We will take care of everything.

What You Can Do

  1. Contact Jindo Love Rescue at least one week before you fly, so there is time to prepare. A dog will be booked onto your flight.
  2. Meet your dog meat survivor and our rescue partners at customs in Incheon International Airport before you check-in. Our partners will handle all the paperwork and get the dog checked in.
  3. Check-in to your flight as usual. After landing, simply collect your dog from the baggage collection area and head out to meet the adopter who will be waiting at the airport to meet their new furry friend!

Overall, being a flight volunteer really doesn’t take anything more than sparing some extra time before departing and after arriving — and you can literally save a life!



The outbreak of COVID-19 has made our need for flight volunteers very urgent.

In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, fewer people are traveling, which means dogs with homes waiting for them are stuck. 

Not only is this affecting the dogs waiting to embark on flights to their new lives, and adopters who are excitedly waiting to welcome them, it’s hurting efforts to save even more who desperately need help. 

It’s become a rescue traffic jam, while costs to care for rescued dogs continue to mount — it costs $150 every month to cover care for an individual dog. Many dogs with adopters are waiting for a flight volunteer. More still are waiting to be adopted.

If you’re not traveling from Seoul, but want to help dog meat survivors, please click here.

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