A total of 196 dogs have been rescued by Humane Society International (HSI) from South Korean dog meat farms and slaughter facilities — 50 of whom will be up for adoption in Montreal after receiving “specialized trauma treatment.”
According to a statement from the Humane Society, the dogs will be housed at an emergency shelter located near Montreal where they receive the “love, veterinary care, and rehabilitation therapy they need to be placed in forever homes.”
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“We are so pleased to welcome these 50 survivors of the South Korean dog meat trade into our emergency shelter,” says Eva Demianowicz, Senior Campaign Manager for HSI/Canada. “At last, these dogs can receive the specialized care they need to recover from the horrific trauma they have endured. Our expert team will work with these dogs around the clock to make sure each and every one of them gets a second chance and a forever home.”
Over the past few weeks, the HSI Animal Rescue Team quarantined in solitary confinement at a government-approved facility in Seoul before being allowed to rescue the dogs from a meat farm in Haemi.
The rescued dogs include golden retrievers, a poodle, Korean jindos and mastiffs, Pomeranians, terriers, and a Labrador.
This marks the 17th dog meat farm that HSI has permanently closed down, and coincides with the publication of a new opinion poll showing growing support in South Korea for a ban on dog meat consumption.
The poll shows that 84% of the population say they don’t or won’t eat dog, and almost 60% support a legislative ban on the trade.
Visit the HMI website for more information, photos, and information on how to proceed with the adoption.