Nami Kim – Founder


Nami Kim – Founder

Nami Kim is a retired professor who used to teach comparative religious studies. She came into the cause full time when she decided retire early in 2011. Nami is the Founder and Leader of the SaveKoreanDogs Organization, a non profit registered in Gimpo city, S. Korea where the shelter is located. Nami is the founder of SaveKoreanDogs, known as the first generation of dog meat trade campaigner in Korea, she is also a volunteer and a campaigner works with activists groups in several cities in Korea. Nami works with several groups that 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 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”, meanwhile, Nami strives to make the suburban cities of Seoul go dog meat free one by one. Nami has been expanding her cities after the first Bucheon, now working on Jeonju. Nami I currently working with Gunsan city, waiting to meet with mayor Kang. Ansan city will be next. Currently 20 buses are on those cities of going future dog meat free.

DMF Dog Meat Free City Projects

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’s sister city campaign. Bucheon’s fJeriendship 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.