Welcome to SKD, SaveKoreanDogs! Our shelter is strictly run by volunteers with one part time carer we call “Uncle Jay” You can come and stay with us and help us. Volunteers normally play with the dogs in our dog park or walk the dogs to the West Sea trail, help us clean the kennels or and feed the dogs.
SaveKoreanDogs operates out of the sanctuary. Its still in the making but has a system that has been built over the years since the first shelter in Incheon City in early days. If you are looking for a perfect shelter we are not for you. We are still in the making for the better and still improve in its operation every year after eight years.
The sanctuary is Nami’s house that she bought in early 2016, turned into a shelter that needs constant repair and construction. Currently, our new dog park is under construction right next to shelter property. We do not use leather products in the shelter and most of the stuff we use in the kitchen and bathrooms are eco-friendly as we are surrounded by rice paddy. Nami lives at the shelter does everything from A to Z. She takes care of the sick dogs indoor, runs to vets, does lots of paper works, receive all the visitors and workers in and out daily. She also takes charge of all the adoption process related. It will be a great help if you can help Nami saves time.
*Please come with an international driver license if you would like to drive. Our vehicle insurance covers “Anyone age above 30” for any nationality.
*Please try to remember the names of the dogs before you come. Name of each dog is written on the fence of each kennel.You can find them in the Adoptable Dogs. http://savekoreandogs.org/adoptable-dogs/
*FYI, sometimes, dogs bark whole night.From time to time, some new rescue intake dogs bark and howl whole night. I hear complaints from visitors staying with us. There is a motel nearby. Nami can book for you. Its US$40 per night.
*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 toys do not last very long.
🐾Guest Room and Meal
We have a guest room for two (a bunker bed) with a bathroom attached. Two vegetarian meals are provided. Nami lives at the shelter cooks all time but you can cook your own. No red meat is allowed unless its for the sick dogs recovering.Breakfast is normally bread and vegetable margarine or cereal with soya milk. When Nami cooks meat its for those sick dogs in indoor only. Nearest grocery is five minutes away by drive. Its best you tell Nami your Like and Dislike so she can buy your favorites at the grocery nearby. You can join Nami if you like. We have a refrigerator for volunteers in the living room, help yourself. Please keep the guest room tidy, clean your room.
Some chores to do daily are such as bathing/washing the dogs and brushing the long hair-ed dogs in between. Indoor help is mostly sweep/mop/collect garbage.
We feed the dogs twice a day, breakfast is in between 9 am – 10 am evening at 5 – 6 pm. Only sick dogs and puppies are allowed indoors. You can join our rescue if you are interested in witnessing how we rescue the dogs. Nami can plan a short trip in the neighbors.
Winter: December to March
8 – 9 am: Wake up and Breakfast
9 – 10 am: Feed the Dogs Breakfast, Sit with trauma dogs, Cleaning kennels, Give medications
11 am: Walk and Play at our dog park
1 pm: Our Lunch
2 pm: Walk and Play again, sit with trauma dogs
4-5 pm: Feeding Dinner (its dark at 5 pm during winter time)
6 pm: Our Dinner
Summer: May to October
7 am: Wake up and Breakfast
8 – 9 am: Feed the Breakfast, Sit with trauma dogs, Cleaning kennels, Give medications
10 am: Walk and Play at our dog park
1 pm: Our Lunch
2 pm: Walk and Play again, sit with trauma dogs
5 -6 pm: Feeding Dinner
6 -7 pm: Our Dinner
SKD Sanctuary has 30 kennels total, each kennel houses 2-3 dogs. Most of our dogs are traumatized and unpetable being 100% rescued from dog slaughterhouses, dog farms all over Korea by Nami and rescue member networks in other cities all across Korea. Most of the dogs do not know how to take treats from hands, adult dogs don’t know what to do with toys, some shake when they see a human coming near them. Most of the dogs are traumatized. We encourage you sit in the kennels of those need human interaction. Some timid are afraid of humans but they need our caring hands. Most of the dogs crave love and attention. Our dogs are not potty trained, do not know the basic commands and so on.Those new in take or malnourished, or being treated such as skin or heartworm treatments are in the left side of the gate.
FYI, no matter how clean it was before the day, next morning what you see is nothing but poops everywhere. Some dogs poop and pee 5-6 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. Since the dogs are not potty trained, 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. Also you get to see spider nets everywhere. No matter how many times we clean it daily, its back again on the next day.
🐾Walking and Playing with Dogs
West Sea trail is the perfect country road to walk the dogs. The trail leads you to the West Sea. There is a ginseng farm, pear orchard, small plum orchard, and a lotus pond. Sunset at the sanctuary is spectacular, very picturesque and peaceful surroundings for dogs to go for walks.
🐾Location & Environment
Although we are isolated in the rice paddy, 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 by sea. 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 taxi drivers when you show them the address Nami send you. This may shock you but from May to November, we see spider nets all over the shelter from roof to kennels everyday. That’s the price we pay for being in an isolated location in the middle of rice paddy.
🐾 Coming from the Incheon International Airport
When you arrive at Incheon International Airport, there are major telecome offices such as KT, LG U + or SK Telecom, you can buy a sim card which cost you from US$20 to $60 depending on the length of your stay. As you come out of the arrival hall, there is a taxi stand. Just show it to a boy in a uniform our address then the boy will pick a taxi for you. It costs maximum $40 – $50 from the airport to our shelter. Its about an hour by taxi. To those expatriates/local volunteers coming from Seoul, please bring your lunch if you are not staying overnight.
🐾We need to know
FYI, none of our regular local volunteers or our part 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. We 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 wanting us to do things in their ways. 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 links below may help you to understand some of our behaviors that is very Korean. Some love it some do not like it.
We would like to get to know you before we welcome you and spend time with us. If you are interested in coming and staying with us as a volunteer or an intern. Please make sure you have anti-tetanic shots and answer some of the questions and email us at email@example.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you!
- Your nationality, what country are you from?
- Age group/Your occupation.
- How long do you plan to stay? If you are coming for a month or so we need a separate application. I suggest you join our internship program offered to the interns to learn about dogs behaviors. Our adviser/trainer BS Kim can guide you through this. BS and Sung Ho Kang are certified dog trainers in Korea.
- 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.
Han’s Dog Park & Internship Program
The dog park is donated by Nami Kim’s 93 year old mom. Its a tiny park couple of minute walk from shelter and now 2nd dog park five times bigger is on its way. Its been under construction since November 2018. Its for the dogs to come out for exercises.
We welcome and accept interns who wants to be a dog trainer in the future. We have several dogs need some training all the times.
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 sit with the dogs with issues, walk them and teach them how to live with humans. Lets show them some love and care for them to learn to trust and not all humans are bad.