UPDATE: 4 Puppies Saved From Being Killed for Boknal Days in South Korea
It’s estimated that the majority of dogs killed for meat in South Korea are killed during Boknal days which are the three hottest days of summer in July and August. Thanks to our South Korean rescue partner Jindo Love Rescue, four puppies were spared this horrific fate.
Even though the majority of South Koreans don’t eat dog meat, and there have been promising signs recently that the dog meat trade is nearing an end in the country, thousands upon thousands of dogs are still brutally killed for meat on these days.
Thankfully, this spring, Jindo Love Rescue helped four puppies escape this tragic end. A volunteer who was leaving their foster center in Gimhae was lucky enough to spot them in a cage where someone had attempted to keep them hidden until transport by covering it with planks and camouflaging it as a trash site.
When she got closer, she saw the puppies fearfully huddled together in a corner, all covered in feces with no food or water.
They were being raised for Boknal, but the area wasn’t zoned for that and Jindo Love Rescue was able to use it as leverage to rescue them. Sadly, as is too often the case with puppies who receive little to no care, they all started showing signs of illness and were hospitalized for distemper. Even more heartbreaking is that two of them, Cata and Cougar, didn’t survive this devastating disease.
While we hoped they would all get a second chance and forever homes of their own, we’re glad they were spared a horrifying end and were able to experience kindness. This is one of the most difficult aspects of rescue, compounded by hefty and unexpected veterinary costs, but we’re still rooting for Puma and Panther who have recovered and are now doing well at Jindo Love Rescue’s foster center; we can’t wait for them to find the perfect adopters.
You can help support our efforts to save more dogs like these from the meat trade in South Korea by spreading the word about our ongoing need for flight volunteers, adopting one of these deserving dogs, and donating to support their care and travel.
Please also sign and share our alert urging South Korea to end the dog meat trade for good.