Welcome to SKD, SaveKoreanDogs! Our shelter is strictly run by volunteers with one part time carer. You can come and stay with us anytime walking the dogs to the West Sea trail or to our dog park next to the shelter, or help us clean up the kennels and feed the dogs. We have a guest room for two (a bunker bed) and two vegetarian meals are provided.
SaveKoreanDogs operates out of the sanctuary. The shelter is Nami’s house that she turned into a shelter in early 2016 and it has a system that has been built over the years since the first shelter in another city early days.
Nami lives at the shelter cooks most of the time but you can cook your own. No red meat is allowed unless its for the sick dogs recovering. Breakfast is bread and vegetable margarine or cereal with soya milk. We do not use leather products in the shelter and most of the things we use in the kitchen and bathrooms are eco-friendly as we are surrounded by rice paddy fields.
Although we are isolated in the paddy fields, SKD Sanctuary is not far from Seoul, 1-2 hours (depending on the traffic) north of Seoul facing the West Sea, closer to North Korea than Seoul. We are in the middle of paddy fields, West Sea trail is the perfect country road to walk the dogs, the trailer leads you to the Sea. There is a ginseng farm, two orchards, camping ground and a lotus pond near us. Sunset is spectacular, very picturesque and peaceful surroundings for dogs to go for walks.
Unfortunately, no public transportation is available as its location is in a village far from the main traffic roads. We can be reached by taxis only, most taxis have GPS to guide the drivers.
If you are looking for a perfect shelter we are not for you. We are still in the making for the better after seven years full time in the fight of dog meat trade and anti dog meat campaign in Korea. SKD Sanctuary has 34 kennels total, each kennel houses 2 dogs. No matter how clean it was before the day, next morning what you see is nothing but poops everywhere. Some dogs poop and pee five times a day. If you are visiting us before 10 am, it may look like what we call here “Poop Fields” but once its cleaned after feeding breakfast, it is back to clean again but it does not last long. Kennels need constant cleaning. Basically we clean up the kennels twice a day but morning clean up involves lot more works. Some volunteers frown at poops and smell but that is part of our shelter. From time to time, some new intake dogs bark and howl whole night. We feed the dogs twice a day, breakfast is in between 9 am – 10 am evening at 5 – 6 pm. Only sick dogs are allowed indoors.
Winter December to March
8 am: Wake up and Breakfast
9 am: Feed the Breakfast, Sit with trauma dogs, Cleaning kennels, Give medications
11 am: Walk and Play at our dog park
1 pm: Lunch
2 pm: Walk and Play again
4-5 pm: Feeding Dinner
6 pm: Dinner
Summer May to October
7 am: Wake up and Breakfast
8 am: Feed the Breakfast, Sit with trauma dogs, Cleaning kennels, Give medications
10 am: Walk and Play at our dog park
1 pm: Lunch
2 pm: Walk and Play again
5 -6 pm: Feeding Dinner
6 pm: Dinner
Some chores to do such as washing the dogs and brushing the long hair-ed dogs. Indoor help is required to sweep/mop/collect garbage and laundry. Clean your own room, please and turn off the light and heater before you leave the room. Please keep the place tidy. We have a refrigerator for volunteers, help yourself.
You can join our rescue if you are interested and go to groceries with us. Nearest grocery is in five minutes away but it’s necessary to drive there. Please come with an international driver license if you would like to drive. Our van covers “Anyone age above 25” and any nationality drivers license.
We recommend you walk the dogs and spend time with the dogs sitting in the kennels or walk and play at the park. Most of the dogs are afraid of humans and traumatized if not crave love and attention. They need our caring hands. Dogs are kept in the kennels at night, during the day those not reactive are out of the kennel playing if not spend time at our dog park next to our shelter.
FYI, none of the local volunteers or our full time carer speak English. Even Nami’s English is not perfect, English is her 4th language she writes and speaks. You may have some communication barriers other than experiencing cultural differences. I believe you may have lots of questions while you are here with us. We are willing to make improvements if you advise us but I’ve had a few visitors telling us what to do. Its normally why is it that you do this way? Yes, there are cultural differences and something unique/strange about Korean way of doing things and getting things done. I think the link may help you to understand some of our behaviors that is very Korean. Some love it some do not like it.
I would briefly like to get to know you better if you are interested in coming and staying with us as a volunteer or an intern. Please answer some of your questions and email us. firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you!
- Your nationality, what country are you from?
- Age group/Your occupation.
- How long would you like to stay? If you are coming for a month or so we need a separate application. I suggest you join our internship program being offered to the interns to learn about dogs behaviors. Our adviser/trainer BS Kim can guide you through this. BS is a certified dog trainer.
- Do you have any experiences with dogs training/rehabilitation in the past?
- Would you be able to handle a dog that is traumatized or reactive? If yes, do you have the patience to help the dog/s?
- Would you be willing to sacrifice some of the things you enjoy? We don’t watch TV, no entertainment in a tiny village where our shelter is located. Internet connection is fine, Wifi works indoor and around the shelter.
If you ask me what to bring or what we need, we would like to say some toys. Most of the dogs we rescued had no experiences with playing toys but once they’ve learnt to use them they do not last very long.
Han’s Dog Park
The park is donated by Nami Kim’s 93 year old mom. Its not fully ready yet but getting shaped. Its for the dogs with behavioral issues to be trained by our trainer BS Kim and for the interns to learn about the dogs. We offer an internship program on monthly basis. We welcome and accept interns/volunteers who can help us at the shelter. Accommodation and three meals are provided while you are with us for a period of one month to three months. Most of interns/volunteers’s job is to walk the dogs, feed the dogs and clean the kennels.