SaveKoreanDogs.org, SKD is a very small activist group/a rescue team fighting against the dog meat trade in Korea past seven years. SKD is the first generation advocated for the so called “meat dogs” in Korea. We are a non profit org registered in the city of Gimpo, Korea. SKD operates out of the Sanctuary which is Nami’s house turned into a shelter in early 2016. SKD Sanctuary began its own shelter in Incheon city prior to Gimpo.
The board of directors consists of four, Nami Kim, JW Park, Madeline Warren and Tracey Pitz. We currently have six active rescue members who are animal rights activists working tirelessly on the ground front line in Korea. SKD have a network of rescuer team in various cities all over Korea which had been built over the last seven years.
DMF Dog Meat Free City Project
Nami kim has been working on a city of Bucheon last three years. Bucheon is a suburban city of Seoul to become the very first 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 mayor Kim of Bucheon 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. Currently, 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 2018, the job is done 80% as there are less than a dozen of restaurants refused to change menu and signs. The city is now working on the remaining restaurants to change signs and menu and Nami now works on another city down south of the peninsular jeonju, three hours from Seoul. Mayor Kim Seung Soo is a charming vegan mayor who is determined to make it a cultural city with no dog meat in the city.
Nami Kim is the Founder and Leader of the SaveKoreanDogs Organization, a non profit registered in Gimpo city, S. Korea where our shelter is located. Nami began saving meat farm dogs seven years ago and has built her name up as a leader in the Anti-Dog Meat Movement in Korea. Nami is trying to raise awareness on Dog Meat Issue internationally, goes into illegal meat farms, negotiates with the butchers bring them to the authorities to shut down, provide medical treatments and care for the dogs, and then finds them homes in the US and Canada when the dogs are warmed up to fly out. Nami works with activist groups in several cities all across Korea to spread awareness and on a governmental level to strengthen laws and legislation. 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. Currently, the law stipulate “dog” is classified as “livestock”[/su_column] [/su_row]
2nd City going dog meat free, Task Team of Animal Welfare Plan in Jeonju City
Another future dog meat free city? Nami met with mayor Kim of Jeonju city. This is one city with separate animal welfare unit in the city office whereas 99% of animal welfare is handled by animal deseas control or livestock management unit in all the 80 cities across Korea.
Looks like one more city is going towards dog meat free. Mayor Kim is young and will be re-elected in June. We will need to come up with numbers of dog meat farms and dog meat restaurants in the city. So much work to do together.
Jeonju team in Jeonju city consists of four members. Jeong and her Action For Animals in the region is raising awareness about dog meat in the city. Jeonghee and Prof.Lim are the key members. Jeong is the head of Action for Animals in the province, prof.Lim is a veterinarian teaching at the veterinary school of Chunbuk National University working together with the mayor and the team. I am invited by the city as an adviser of the Animal Welfare Master Plan Project commissioned by the city. Mr.Yang (and Cho) together is in charge of animal welfare plan going out to meet with dog meat farms and restaurants owners.
18th July, 2018 on our 3rd visit to Mayor Kim together with Jess Abella Gilroy (US animal rights activist), he has announced it that the city is going to be animal friendly and the task force team is formed. We have five buses running the streets of Jeonju from early May 2018.
1st Meeting in May
2nd Meeting in June, delivered petition signatures.
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.
Soo Kim Soo and Nami worked together in shutting down a meat farm in Ansan city in 2015. She rescues and feed the dogs at legal meat farms in her city and helps Nami in many ways. Soo lives in the city of Ansan, Nami and Soo are working together for a new project “Future Dog Meat Free City Ansan” and plan a big rescue in the city.
JG.Park Park is our neighbor who often goes out with Nami rescuing the dogs in danger of becoming a victim of dog meat trade. She rescued all her dogs and now lives with 60 dogs. JG owns a heavy equipment company and work full time but well known as a dog rescuer in the villages.
WE ALL ARE VOLUNTEERS BUT 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.
JOIN US! This is your chance to have a lasting impact for the innocent victims of this horrifically inhumane trade.
ADOPT A DOG FROM THE DOG MEAT TRADE AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE![/su_row]