It’s a life time commitment, think ten times before you send in the application. I Nami Kim, as an advocate, am trying to bring a small change in dog meat trade in Korea. Please help me to save me time. Only one out of thirty applications is valid. I spend lots of time reviewing each applications and answer your questions.
THINK 100 TIMES BEFORE DECIDE TO ADOPT AND HELP ME TO SAVE MY TIME.
Only fill out the application form after you have read all information on this site and click “Submit”. When we review and let you know if your applications has been approved. I need to get connected with you by facebook messenger for further communications. .
Thank you for offering your home to one of our dogs. All the dogs I post on this site are available for adoption, they are medically cleared and adoptable (ready to fly with exception of Trauma Troop dogs) Most dogs are healthy, spayed/neutered and received the required vaccinations by our two vets Dr.Kim and Dr.Lee to US and Canada quarantine standards.
We are able to send dogs to the US, Canada, UK & Commonwealth, EU, Singapore and Hong Kong. Because of quarantine rules and regulations, it can take 4-6 months to the UK/EU or sooner depending on blood tests results. The process to the US and Canada is more straight forward. No adoptions possible for Australia at this time.
Individual home adopters pay for the airfare, but prior to that we take care of the vet bills including vaccinations, heartworm test (not for all) and spay/neuter surgery.
We send the dogs to various veterinarians in three cities in Korea. We also invite the vets to come over to our shelter to do vaccinations and health check-ups after each rescue. Basically, two vaccinations are required, DHPPL and Rabies in the case of US and Canada. In the case of puppies less than six months, we normally do four shots including for kennel cough and parvo.
The US and Canada require the two vaccinations for quarantine. The government office of Korea require vaccination and health certificates to the application of quarantine papers approved and inspection to issue a permit to fly. We use two vets, Dr.Kim and Dr.Lee for the health check up and vaccinations.
We try to spay/neuter all dogs, though younger than 8 months is too young to be spayed/neutered depending on breeds. Same for treating heart worm, as it is only found in those about 10 -12 months old. Not all dogs have heartworm but we try to test all the dogs. For de-worming after vaccinations, we use Drontal and Anthelmin King for the dogs.
See the photos below:
If you adopt a dog/s, you are responsible for medical care costs after your dog arrives. We cannot support paying for adopters’ vet bills, when it is solely the adopters’ responsibility once the dog/s is in your hand.
After your dog arrives, you are responsible for all future vet bills.
Due to the enormous number of heads at three shelters in Korea, two in Gimpo (main shelter and Hong’s) and city shelter in Bucheon city, our dogs are not toilet trained for living in a house. It’s not possible, as they come from a dog farm and then live with 4 to 8 other dogs in a kennel. They do their business everywhere in the kennel. So my choice/priority when choosing a home from the applications is that it has a fenced yard. I suggest to begin with, that adopters leave their doors open to the backyard or have the pads on the floor inside.
For now, dogs are flown to the following international airports where direct flights from Seoul, Incheon International Airport. We try to use direct flight only as it takes more than ten hours to get to the west coast. Flights take 11 hours to the East Coast 14 hours to West Coast. Why we avoid transfer/layover is that I can’t let the dogs wait long hours again at the airport and then get on the connecting flight when it’s already more than ten hours of flight to go across the Pacific. As for Korean Air we use frequently for all the dogs flying out, there is a comfortable live animal compartment with auto temperature controller, but dogs on the plane do get scared.
These are the cities with direct flights:
We also sometimes use United Airlines cargo to Toronto and Vancouver. Airline cargo requires a minimum 4 business days booking in advance. We prefer Korean Air that is the most expensive, but direct flights to the destinations and it does have auto temperature control within the live animal compartments, REAR 5 of the aircraft.
Korean Air offices at those direct flight destinations will call you to inform you where to pick up your dog(s) and customs clearances.
Upon acceptance/approval of your application for adoption, Nami make arrangements for the quarantine papers and cargo schedule for the dog. Once your payment is made (for the transporting costs), I can put the dog on a flight. Your payment must come to our charity account, Savekoreandogs.org. http://savekoreandogs.org/donate/
The photos below show how it works.
We take care of all the vet bills such as vaccinations, spay/neuter and tests.
Airline quotes/estimates for transporting a dog are based on the size of the crate. It also depends on the weight/height of each dog. You must 1. pick your dog first (so that I know what size crate is needed for your dog) and tell us your nearest international airport from you, then I can quote you how much it will cost.
Crate sizes are small, medium and large, each S, M.L again comes in two sizes. If the dogs are less than 8 kg (about 20 lbs), two can be shipped in one crate. It will be less by 30%. That is why I always ask potential homes to look for another home. You can take two dogs (less than 8 kg in a crate) and we collect adoption fee later.
Flight cost ranges from $600 (small) to $1,800 (large). The exact cost is determined at the airline cargo center on the day of departure. We try to have the dogs smaller crates but the airline insists on bigger crates.
We bring the dog to the airport on the day of travel, if it is early morning flight like to East Coast, JFK, Dulles, Chicago, Dallas and Toronto, we have the quarantine inspection done before the day. This means two trips are required for a dog flying to East Coast. After the inspection at the Animal Quarantine, we move to the cargo terminal where another inspection is done by airline cargo officials with the Live Animal Check List Standards. When the green light is given, the cargo issues an airway bill which we have to pay at the cargo office on the day based on the crate size and weight. The total cost is determined on the day of shipping when the airway bill is issued at the cargo terminal at Incheon international airport.
Korean Air branch office in your home country (where your dog is flying) will call you (or you call them if your booking is less than five working business days. This is to confirm if you are the receiver of the dog(s) and will tell you where you can pick up your dog(s). You must bring your ID to the airport cargo terminal to pick up your dog as the quarantine papers as the airway is under your name. There will be $50 – 100 (depending on the airport) for a customs clearance fee.
To the adopters, please do not open the crate door in open areas, make sure its enclosed for water and stretch, pee and poop. Once you take your dog (s) home with you, they need extra care as of the dogs have not experienced caring hands. Please give him/her plenty of water and TLC as he/she has just endured a long journey. Please do not open the crate door till you are in an enclosure.
Preparation, patience, and love are key to building a happy home
The key to helping your new dog make a successful adjustment to his or her new home is being prepared and being patient. It can take anywhere from two days to two months (and for very traumatized dogs even longer) for you and your pet to adjust to each other and your other family members. The following tips can help ensure a smooth transition.
We have a guideline for the trauma troops dogs but this can be applied to the regular dogs as well.
Prepare the things your dog will need in advance. You’ll need a collar (harness) and leash, food and water bowls, food, and, of course, some toys. And don’t forget to order an identification tag right away. You will need a dog bed.
At the airport, the crate will have a leash (we don’t use leather products) water bottle and small pouch of dog food attached on the crates. You are advised to come to the airport with fresh water. Also, bring some home cooked chicken and rice. They will love that. We don’t let the dogs eat (we get them to fast) before the day of departure because they tend to throw up on the way to the airport. They will be very hungry after almost no food for over 20 hours.
Try to arrange the arrival of your new dog for a weekend or when you can be home for a few days. Get to know each other and spend some quality time together.
You dog/s would have been under enormous stress, with a long drive to the airport before departure, noises at the cargo terminal, and being in the live animal compartment for over 11 hours to the West Coast or 14 hours to the East Coast. The amount of stress during the long journey may cause your dog/s to have diarrhea for the first two days.
Don’t forget the jealousy factor—make sure you don’t neglect other pets and people in your household!
Be patient and enjoy the results
Please do not open the crate doors in an open area. Make sure you have the leash on the collar before opening the crate door. Let the dogs to smell you to get to know you. It is advisable to sit in front of the crate to wait for the dogs to get to know you.
Please make sure to provide fresh water for your new dog. As you know your friend traveled many hours to finally meet you. You are sure to make a good friend, if you bring some plain cooked chicken with rice as they wouldn’t have eaten for a while (blend ingredients enough not to upset their tummy). Also – if possible – clean the crate as it might be soiled on arrival. Please make sure your new dog is secured on a leash as they might be confused about the new smells and location.
We take the dogs out for a brief walk to pee and poop before flying, but they usually do it again in the crate during the flight. So please make sure you take the dogs out for a walk and some fresh air and stretch but must do that in an enclosure.
Special thanks to Barry Wilson-Smythe for sharing his experience. He has rescued dogs from Nami in the past and has a lot of experience to offer.
“I have always used my dining room as a first few days sanctuary. First I bring the new dog in his or her crate and keep the dogs inside and put the new dog crated on the back porch outside. I introduce my smallest quietest girl first and that gives me a sense of compatibility. You must be aware however all of mine growled at the new dogs while crated as they feel defenseless, which is pretty normal for dogs. This intro is more for my home dogs to accept the newbie and be OK with the fact Dad has brought another home! After all it is their home! So a few growls may occur but they get the idea. I show the new dog me petting and loving my dogs. I give my guys treats and shower with affection for the new one to see. They get the idea that this is a happy place. Then I bring the rest out to meet the newbie in the crate”
Please use this as your guideline from the first day while adjusting to the new soil and smell.
After that first introduction I bring newbie inside and let him/ her out in the dining room with complete closure (no visual to the other dogs – just the smell) and quite for a day or two. They can smell the others but I give him/her space to adjust and simply spend time in the closed off room feeding chicken or whatever treats until they come out of the crate.
Then after about a day or two of that I slowly reveal less and less barrier between the rooms. The new dogs will come to the gate and sniff etc. You will get a good idea now if the new one lunges forward or growls defensive they just need more time and close the view again. If all looks good then that continues for a day.
Then I will have my oldest safest girl in the house and the others outside. I take the dividing wall down and watch from afar. If your unsure simply use a long leash for your existing dog to pull back on case of a fight but if your right beside them they may try to protect daddy from the new dog! Best they figure it out. I introduce each other dog then if I’m comfortable and then we all play and get into our feeding routines.
I feed the new one separately for the first while until I’m sure there is no food aggression. I’ve never had a DMT dog fight over food as they are so used to the free for all! Then it’s happy fun times ahead!”
It’s very important that all dogs in your home understand it is a shared family right away. Please make sure not to shower the new one with too much attention. Like a new baby in a family a new brother may resent the attention being taken away. You must be so careful to shower the current dog with more attention. The new one will want that and gravitate to you whereas the other way around and you have a problem.
The best approach is no eye contact as this is seen as challenging the dog, no touch even if the dog will let you they should come to you, and no speaking, just being by them. Reading a book or speaking to someone else while being next to them is fine but not directly to them. They will show you and come closers as time moves forward. For some it can be a day or two later, others might take longer, The key is to just be with them and around them until they see your not going to rush them. Patience goes a long long way!
Life with you is a different experience for your new companion, so give him time to adjust. You’ll soon find out that you’ve made a friend for life. No one will ever greet you with as much enthusiasm or provide you with as much unqualified love and loyalty as your dog will. Be patient, and you will be amply rewarded.
Also, after I receive your application form, I will also make an international call to speak to you personally.
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