SaveKoreanDogs.org, SKDogs is a small activist group/a rescue team fighting against the dog meat trade in Korea. We are a non profit org registered in the city of Gimpo, Korea. The board of directors consists of four, Nami Kim, JW Park, Madeline Warren and Tracey Pitz. We currently have six active members who are animal rights activists working at front lines on the ground in Korea. SKDogs have a network of rescuer team all over Korea that has been built over the last six years.
SKD operates out of the Sanctuary, located in Gimpo city, 1-2 hours (depending on the traffic) north of Seoul facing the West Sea, in the midst of paddy fields, closer to North Korea. No public transportation is available as its in a remote village but very picturesque surroundings for dogs to go for walks. There is a ginseng farm, two orchards, camping ground and a lotus pond near us.
All our dogs are dog meat trade survivors rescued from meat farms and slaughterhouses. They stay with us while undergoing basic veterinary/medical care and treatments and warm up for a new life at second chance.
Indoor Living Room
Carer’s Room with bathroom attached
WHAT SKD SaveKoreanDogs DO
Nami Kim works with activists groups in several cities in Korea, her team based in Gimpo (where the shelter is) are on the front line in the battle against the Korean dog meat trade. Working tirelessly to save as many dogs as possible from this barbaric cruelty, the team also campaign vigorously and work to educate people on the horrors they contribute to by eating man’s best friend. Nami also organize anti-dog meat campaigns inside and outside of Korea during summer Boknal (three hottest days of summer eating dog meat), engage in dialogue with the government for the legislation change and trying hard to remove dog from the livestock list. Nami kim has been working on a city of Bucheon, a suburban city of Seoul to become a dog meat free city. This was initiated by Koreandogs.org’s sister city campaign. Bucheon’s friendship city in US was Bakersfield, the major Harvey of Bakersfield informed mayor Kim of Bucheon city and we have been working together to make the city the very first city “Dog Meat Free” Mayor Kim is determined to turn this into the most Animal Friendly City in Korea. There is no more dog meat farms in the city, launched DMF project in June to get the dog meat restaurants to change the signs and menus. As of August 2017, three are on the way for the changes and we are now working on the remaining restaurants to change signs and menu.
BS Kim is a certified trainer and our training adviser. He runs his own training school in Ilsan city, western part of Seoul. He is currently doing his master’s degree on “Therapy Dogs and Depression”. He is the one who selected Sweet Caroline (out of three puppies) to become a therapy dog. Thanks to BS, Sweet Caroline is under therapy dog training in Burbank, California. BS offers his training expertise to our interns currently enrolled in the internship program and guides the interns on regular basis.
BK Jang is an active rescue member of SKD. BK has been working with Nami since 2013 transporting the dogs to the airport. BK rescues and volunteers at shelters all over Korea while working full time as an animal transporter.
Helen Eom Helen is a new rescue member of SKD. We worked together shutting down a dog tonic meat farm successfully. Helen is a Korean Canadian from Calgary, lives in Seoul teaches English. She has been an animal activist rescuing dogs whenever she can. Welcome on board.
S.Jung We offer internship program to those who wants to be dog trainers in the future. We had six intern during break from Dec 2017 to January 2018. Six students from Animal related department college students joined us. Jung joined us early March 2018 to become a trainer, now under the guidance of our adviser trainer BS Kim at our dog park that was completed end of March. He is currently learning about dogs and how to train dogs. Its in the stage of teaching dogs basic commands. Jung is doing very well with the dogs.
Sun is one of our part time animal transporters going to the airport and run errands to quarantine office and animal clinics. Sun’s has been with us for two years, he is readily available for our dogs. He is an excellent driver taking care of dogs very well.
WE HIRE PART TIMERS TO KEEP THE OVERHEAD LOW. WE HAVE ONE FULLTIME CARE GIVER, THREE PART TIME ANIMAL TRANSPORTERS AND A CARPENTER WORKING FOR US WHENEVER WE NEED THEIR SERVICES.
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ADOPT A DOG FROM THE DOG MEAT TRADE AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE!