South Korean Dog Adoption: Save a Dog From the Dog Meat Trade

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South Korea's dog meat trade is massive, with an estimated 2.5 million dogs raised and slaughtered every year, but we are doing everything we can to save precious lives and find homes for the innocent victims of this unfathomably cruel trade.

If you’re considering adding a new member to your family, adopting one of these dogs can make an epic difference — and it’s easier than you might think!

Meet Our South Korean Dog Rescue Partner, Jindo Love Rescue

Jindo Love Rescue is an organization devoted to rescuing dogs from the meat trade and finding them forever homes in the U.S. and Canada. The organization rescues dogs directly from the meat trade. Furthermore, they also pull dogs from local shelters and puppy mills, which have appallingly become a source for butchers.

Dogs saved from the meat trade are survivors of horrific abuse who narrowly avoided torture, and to adopt one is an indescribable experience, explains Patti Kim, President of Jindo Love Rescue. While all rescued dogs’ lives are precious, for these dogs, international adoption is often the only hope they have at escaping the evil dog meat trade. Sadly, they don’t have local dog placement rescues on their side.

What Kind of Dogs Can You Adopt From the Korean Meat Trade?

While Korean Jindos are the dog breed most associated with this cruel trade, they aren’t the only breed being rescued. Jindo Love Rescue has dogs available for adoption who come in a variety of ages and sizes.

A lot of people want to know about specific breeds, but because these dogs are rescues and their histories are largely unknown, breeds are a best guess without doing a DNA test.

You can see adoptable dogs and start the adoption process by visiting their Facebook page or their website.

What is the Dog Adoption Process?

Even though it’s an international adoption, the process isn’t actually much different from any other rescue or shelter.

Ask and Answer Some Basic Questions   

Once you’ve gotten in touch with Jindo Love Rescue about a dog you’re interested in, you’ll have an interview to answer some basic questions about your experience with dogs, your household, and your lifestyle. You will also be asked about how you plan on handling unexpected situations that may arise. For example, having a baby or dealing with a serious illness.

During the interview, you’ll also be able (and encouraged) to ask as many questions as you want about the dog you’re interested in.

You’ll also be able to see photos and videos of the dog you’re interested in to learn more about their temperament and personality traits. Furthermore, you’ll be advised about any health issues that are being treated.

Provide References and Complete an Application  

After the interview, you’ll need to provide two references that will be checked and you’ll fill out a formal application. Once these steps are finalized, you’ll pay an adoption fee, which helps offset costs for care and transport.

Fly Your New Family Member to the U.S. or Canada

Once everything is finalized, Jindo Love Rescue will find someone to fly your newest family member stateside. It may take a bit of time for some dogs, since they’re flying with travelers who volunteer to act as couriers. However, your new family member could be on a plane in as little as a week.

Dogs are only flown to certain airports, so you’ll have to be sure you can make arrangements to get there.

These airports currently include:

  • 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)
    Toronto (YYZ)

Once everything’s settled, it’s just a matter of waiting for your new family member to arrive. To help you get ready, Jindo Love Rescue will give you a list of supplies to bring with you when you pick them up at the airport. Someone from the organization will also be available to chat with you that day in case you have any last-minute questions.

You’ll Also Be Joining a New Community of People Who Love Dogs

These dogs have been through a lot. Some adjust quickly to their new lives, but others may take more time and need some extra help and training. Rest assured, someone from Jindo Love Rescue will always be available to answer questions and offer help and advice with any issues that may arise.

Adopters are also invited to join a group which encourages everyone to share stories and experiences about their dog’s adoption journey. In the end, you won’t just be getting a new family member, you’ll be gaining the support of a whole new community.

Heather Pastore, Vice President of Jindo Love Rescue, explained that helping dogs find homes and simultaneously continuing to spread awareness about the dog meat trade through the organization is a win-win situation for everyone. 

If you want to save a dog from the meat trade and you’re ready to adopt, visit to see a list of adoptable dogs. If you’re not ready to welcome a new family member just yet, but still want to help, you can make a donation to support this critical rescue effort.  


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