More than a dozen dogs rescued from a Korean meat market were brought to Vero Beach, FL, and are now ready to find new homes. The Humane Society of Vero Beach's staff has been working with the dogs for weeks. They are helping them see humans as friends and not as predators.
The humane society branch took in 21 out of 200 South Korean dogs rescued. Then one of the dogs, Toffee, surprised everyone by having 9 puppies. That brought the total number of dogs to 30.
Now half of the 30, Akitas, Eskimos, Corgi and Jindos breeds are ready for adoption.
"You sweet. Sweet boy," said Joanne Longo, who met a jindo named "Hudoo" and it was quite possibly love at first site. "I was heartbroken to know the dogs were in such bad shape,” Longo said. She is planning to adopt a Korean rescue dog. "Look at you yes- thank you for the kiss. You are so sweet, good boy," she says as Hudoo nuzzles her face.
All of the dogs need socialization. They need to basically get to know everything. Hudoo has never seen a squirrel or even a leaf before. Every item startles the dogs, since they spent their entire lives in cages.
There's so much around them we just take for granted so it is going to take a lot of time and patience.
The cost of caring for these dogs is totalling in the $15,000 range and now the Humane Society says if you can’t adopt, you can always donate.
Many of the dogs had to be treated for heart-worms and other ailments.
The humane society said it will raise the money and are grateful to help the dogs escape the meat market.
Humane Society International is mounting an effort to liberate dogs from South Korean dog meat farms, among the last places on earth where this heinous practice is observed. Humane Society in Vero Beach said they will house and rehabilitate all 30 dogs with plans of finding homes for all of them.
To see the dogs rescued from South Korea and are ready for adoption click HERE.