This is the ninth dog meat farm that HSI has permanently closed since 2014, rescuing and re-homing nearly 1,000 dogs by working in cooperation with dog meat farmers keen to get out of the trade. The farm in Yesan contained 149 dogs, all of whom will be rescued and transported to the United States this month. The rescues and farm closures are part of HSI’s broader strategy that aims to encourage the South Korean government to end the cruel dog meat industry.
Life on a dog meat farm is harsh – dogs are confined their whole lives in small, barren, filthy cages exposed to the bitter cold of winter and searing heat of summer. Many cages have wire mesh floors, meaning dogs suffer painful sores to their paws and haunches. They receive little food, no veterinary care, and live in a perpetual state of fear.
HSI is transporting the dogs to shelters that are part of the HSUS Emergency Placement Partner (EPP) program in the following states: Florida, Illinois, Indiana, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. SCHS is 1 out of 5 in the state of WI. We have been planning for their arrival for several months.
The dogs are quarantined on the farm with no dogs in or out for at least 30 days prior to importation to the US. HSI does a sample test with a veterinarian at each dog meat farm to test for the presence of the H3N2 influenza virus. They have never had a dog test positive. The dogs from Korea are separately housed from all other animals at SCHS, we will continue with the necessary treatments and care that they need.
As for adoption, these dogs will let us know when they are ready to find their forever home. We will not accept applications for them at this time. We need to give them the time they need to heal, trust and adjust to their new surroundings.
Recent events with the seizure of the Kinship kennel dogs have community members concerned as to why we took these dogs in. SCHS has been planning for the arrival of the Korean dogs for several months. We can never plan for unforeseen circumstances that arise, but we can join together to adjust, make a difference and rally to support pets in need. That is why we always rely heavily on community support to make a difference. Even if it is a difference in one pet’s life it is one life that is saved.
All donations that were made towards the Kinship dogs are designated to support them during their stay. Funds are not used for the Korean dogs. HSI provides financial support for dogs through the Partner Placement Program. If you would like to support either campaign please consider becoming a monthly donor, and specify where you would like your support to go. Donations can be made online or directly at SCHS. Please follow our Facebook page for updates regarding either event. Thank you!