Adoption Process

Only Serious Homes Please

Thank you for offering your home to one of our dogs, all the dogs are rescued from dog meat trade in Korea, true survivors. All the dogs we post on this site are available for adoption, they are veterinary cleared and adoptable, ready to fly. Most dogs are healthy, spayed/neutered and received the required vaccinations by our vet Dr.Han on US and Canada quarantine standards.

It’s a life time commitment, think one hundred times before you send in the application. As a group of animal rights advocates, we are trying to bring a small change in dog meat trade in Korea. Please help us to save time. Only one out of thirty applications is valid. We, Nami Kim and our adoption coordinator Madeline Warren spend lots of time reviewing each application. If you have any questions please send us a message by facebook messenger.


Only fill out the application form after you have read all information on this site and click “Submit”. We need three photos of your home/house (prefer fenced front or back yard) for the dogs and three photos of your family members including your dogs.
A. 3 Photos of Your Home/House (Indoor/Outdoor) Please include your fenced yard. This is a MUST.
B. 3 Photos of Your Family Members/Dogs
Please use facebook messenger after you’ve sent your application. Thank you!

When we review and let you know if your applications has been approved within a week. We need to get connected with you by facebook messenger for further communications. We won’t be able to review your applications if you are not on facebook. Its hard to get updated when a home is without it as we have a group page where you can share and let us know how your dog is doing from your airport pick up to arrival of your home and update how to adjust to the new environment and so on.

We have more than 1,600 dogs in the US and Canada as of first week of June 2018 over the past seven years. We are able to send dogs to the US, Canada at the moment, and to the UK from time to time from February 2017 we opened the door to the UK & Commonwealth, EU, Singapore. (No Australia and Hawaii, no vets in Korea will do the papers for the two countries) Because of quarantine rules and regulations, it takes as long as 4-6 months to the UK/EU or sooner depending on rabies anti body blood tests results. The process to the US and Canada is more straight forward. No adoptions possible for Australia and Hawaii at this time. It takes a year and no vet wants to do the papers to Australia.

Individual home adopters pay for the airfare and all other expenses involved with the shipment such as crate, animal transporter to the airport, issue of the certificates/papers and quarantine inspection. It normally costs $200-$300 in addition to the flight costs. From time to time we take care of these when we can afford it but it is normally included in the total shipment costs.
Prior to these, we pay vet bills such as vaccinations and spay/neuter surgery. This also includes certain blood tests such as heartworm. Treating heartworm is a long process and quite costly (minimum $400 -$800 depending on the weight) takes 2 months for the procedure of all the treatment and must wait 4 months to the last “Clearance”

When you pick your own dog/s you want to adopt, I can give you an estimate of the flight costs based on the crate size, weight and destination. Once you made the decision then I get back to you with precise estimate from the cargo office. There is $200-$300 difference by one size bigger that is why we try hard to have the dogs in a smaller size to save the costs but the airline cargo inspectors always insist on the bigger crates which we end up changing to bigger crates. We will refund you if you have paid more than the airway bill issued plus other expenses for your dog’s shipment. FYI, the cargo office is closed weekends. We book and ship from Monday to Friday.

First month is very important to the dog/s you adopted and you as a family, being out of Kennel/Korea is a strange new planet they are experiencing, new soil, new smell, new faces and so on. The adopters are required to update weekly and share the progress in our group page, SaveKoreanDogs Success Stories. This is why we do not accept any applications from those without facebook account. They never update the dogs when we have a platform for sharing the stories of the dogs in the new homes. You can share anything of the dogs and you daily, weekly or monthly. Thank you!

What Medical Care Is Given to Rescued Dogs?
Are the Dogs Toilet Trained?
How Do the Dog Flights Work?

Korean Air Destinations
New York(JFK), NY, United States – John F. Kennedy
Washington(IAD), DC, United States – Dulles
Chicago(ORD), IL, USA – O`Hare
Los Angeles(LAX), CA, United States
Seattle(SEA), WA, United States
Dallas(DFW), TX, United States – Fort Worth
Detroit(DTW), MI, United States – Metropolitan Wayne County
Houston(IAH), TX, United States – George Bush Intercontinental
Las Vegas(LAS), NV, United States – McCarran
Atlanta(ATL), GA, United States – Hartsfield-Jackson
San Francisco(SFO), CA, United States
Toronto(YYZ), ON, Canada – Pearson
Vancouver(YVR), BC, Canada

Korean Air branch offices at those direct flight destinations will call you to inform you where to pick up your dog(s) and customs clearances, or (if less than a week booking) you call the office with the reservation confirmation/airway bill number I send you a couple of hours later upon booking.

After the dogs get on board and moved to the live animal compartments, REAR 5 of the aircraft and it has auto temperature control in it.

Sometimes, small size dogs total weight of the dog and crate is less than 5 kg, you are allowed to take the dog into the cabin and placed under your seat. Please note that the weight has to be less than 5 kg if you want the dog in the cabin.

We also sometimes use United Airlines (UA) cargo to San Francisco and to Canada, Toronto and Vancouver. Flight costs by United Airlines is half of what Korean Air charges. (Please take a note UA does not accept any live animals as the airline is currently under embargo) UA daily flight UA892 flying out of Incheon/Seoul international airport offers only one destination that is San Francisco (SFO). For the dog to get on connecting flights to other cities in US needs a few hours lay over at SFO. Customs clearance in SFO to other cities in the US require your Social Security number and ID. THIS APPLIES TO US CITIZENS ONLY. CANADIAN CITIES DO NOT REQUIRE THIS.
If you are in the US and your dog is flying by United Airline and getting on connecting flight to other cities in the US, please call 650 872 1225, email or (UA Branch office in Korea) for customs clearance in SF. The website has all the info you need.
Sometimes the dog stay overnight at the SFO airport, they do have an excellent pet care service for that.
FYI, United Airlines does not allow anything else in the crate other than the water bowl, no jackets, no vest, no harnesses.

We prefer Korean Air that is the most expensive, but fly direct to the destinations. Let’s make the flights short, as short as possible as this will reduce the stresses.
Its best you come to these cities with international airport with direct flights from Seoul for pick up and drive home with your dog. West coast LA, SF, Seattle, Las Vegas, Vancouver, for East Coast: NY, Washington DC, Toronto, Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas.

What Does it Cost to Fly a Dog?
What Happens at the Departure Airport?
What Should I Prepare For My New Dog?

To fill out an application form, please go to the Application Form menu. Thank you for reading this before filling out your application. Please send in the applications first before any inquiring emails.

Please be reminded you are required to attach this in your applications.
At least three photos of your home/house (fenced front/backyard yard preferred) and three of your family photos are required. This is a MUST attach to the applications together with minimum six photos of your home and family members.

After the Adoption, We would like to remind you that we must be updated on how the dog is doing/setting in at your home. Please make sure you post the photos/videos of the dog(s) daily or weekly share with the group, Save Korean Dogs Success Stories. Thank you!

It could be daily, weekly or monthly how your new dog is doing in your home, new discoveries, the whole stories of process of each day or interesting stories you would like to share with other homes. Happy ending stories, Happy tails all the way. Thank you!