Dogs rescued from a Korean meat farm include puppies. Photo courtesy videoworksbend.com.

Dogs rescued from a Korean meat farm include puppies. Photos courtesy videoworksbend.com.

Together the Humane Society of Central Oregon and BrightSide Animal Center received twenty-eight dogs, formerly part of the Korean dog meat trade, over the Easter holiday. After an international flight from South Korea through Humane Society International’s (HSI) rescue program, the Humane Society of Central Oregon (HSCO) and BrightSide Animal Center (BSAC) transported 28 dogs from San Francisco to Central Oregon. The organizations will provide these dogs and puppies an opportunity to live a full life, away from the deplorable conditions they were raised in.

The dogs rescued from Korean meat farm include different breeds and sizes and range in age from puppies to those 2 years old and in size from 6 to 150 pounds.

The dogs rescued from Korean meat farm include different breeds and sizes and range in age from puppies to those 2 years old and in size from 6 to 150 pounds.

The 28 rescued South Korean dogs are a variety of breed mixes, including Labrador, Mastiff, Jindo and Elkhound. The dogs range from 4 months and 6 pounds to 2 years and 150 pounds. The dogs received medical evaluations over the holiday weekend at HSCO and BSAC. Veterinarians, a behaviorist and animal care staff from each organization will spend the coming days ascertaining the health and wellbeing of the dogs.
Dogs were flown from Korea to San Francisco by the Humane Society of the United States, then picked up at a cargo terminal by BrightSide and the Humane Society of Central Oregon.

Dogs were flown from Korea to San Francisco by the Humane Society of the United States, then picked up at a cargo terminal by BrightSide and the Humane Society of Central Oregon.

The final leg of their journey will be finding homes after an adjustment period to their new environment, and learning more about each dog.
When approached by the Humane Society of the United States to care for 28 of the 250 dogs rescued from a dog meat farm in Wonju, South Korea, both non-profits were in the position to help these dogs in desperate need. Due to the impact on resources, you can help the animals by donating to both shelters at hsco.org and brightsideanimals.org. Donations will enable BSAC and HSCO to provide necessary care and medical treatments each dog may need.
Executive Director Becky Stock with one of the largest dogs, in a kennel at BrightSide after the long journey from Korea.

Executive Director Becky Stock with one of the largest dogs, in a kennel at BrightSide after the long journey from Korea.

Kelly O’Meara, director of companion animals and engagement for HSI, said “We are proud to work with HSUS Emergency Placement Partner, Humane Society of Central Oregon and Brightside Animal Center, to help find these dogs permanent homes with loving and caring families in Oregon.”