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.

Savekoreandogs Sanctuary View

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Indoor Living Room


Nami’s Room

Guest 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.

Meet The Team
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 five years ago and has built her name up as a leader in the Anti-Dog Meat Movement in Korea. Nami 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.

Madeline Warren is an anti dog meat campaigner and adoption coordinator, and a director of SaveKoreanDogs. Madeline lives in Glasgow, Scotland. She fly to Korea and spends her summer for the anti dog meat campaign and spend time with our dogs at the shelter from 2015. Her days with us are during Boknal, three hottest day eating dog meat soup which spans over a month in July and August every summer. She has been with us from 2015 during the campaign and very successful with the media coverage. Her dedication to save the dogs this way is beyond description. We had 17 media including major TV station such as SBS, KBS abd MBC in summer 2016. Some Koreans we have met know Madeline “The British lady with the huge posters/signs at the city hall”
Madeline used to protested at the main entrance of national assembly hall of Korea which led our team to knock at the doors of the congressman Pyo and opened the doors to the government political level campaign for SaveKoreanDogs.

Tracey Pitz is based in Welland, near Toronto, Canada. Tracey joined SaveKroeanDogs as a director in 2017, she has been the admin of Auction page from July 2016, a big supporter of SKD. Auction funds used to take care of our vet bills and all other big bills. From 2018, the funds from the Auction will go to the bus banner ads (our first therapy dog, Sweet Caroline as a model) and a billboard in the city of Bucheon that is going to be the future dog meat free zone.
Here is the link. You can donated your used items and help the dogs.

JW Park is one of the directors on board. JW is an architect based in Gimpo city where our shelter is located. He helps SKD with the local adoption and promotea SaveKoreanDogs in the local environment and takes care of the shelter maintenance and management and our new training facility. SKD has a piece of land purchased in 2017 near our shelter that is now going to be a training center/playground for the dogs. JW is taking care of its construction, will be ready in end of March 2018.

Mr.H.S Kim is an adviser of Savekoreandogs, he is in charge of animal welfare of Bucheon city that is going to be the very first city of “Dog meat Free Zone” in Asia. Mayor Kim, Man Soo of Bucheon city is determined to the ongoing “No More Dog Meat in the City” H.S Kim and Nami worked on several meat farms and puppy mills in the city. The largest 300 dogs meat farm shut down in summer 2016 was one of those. There is no dog meat farms in the city as of September 2017. H.S Kim and Nami are working on the dog meat restaurants to get the signs and the dog meat off the menu. As of March 2018, we have successfully shut down four dog meat restaurants and five are getting the dog meat off the menu. We have about a dozen more to work on in the year of 2018.

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.


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