Morrisville, VT – The North Country Animal League received a delivery of five rescue dogs Tuesday afternoon, including two, Justine and Nana, who were rescued from the dog meat trade in South Korea.
This is the first time the NCAL has performed an international rescue. “So getting them away from the epicenter where dog meat farming is controversial is critical to saving their lives,” said Jamie Dutil, director of operations and medical care for NCAL. “A lot of Americans think it’s very popular in Asian countries to eat dog meat and it’s really a fading tradition, it’s not that common.”
Justine and Nana may need a little more time to warm up, but both seem eager to find permanent accommodations. “Nana is very shy, which is not uncommon. Justine is also a little shy but will come out of her shell, they reported, and she loves snuggling up when she gets to know you.
Humane Society International is working to end the dog meat industry in South Korea by shutting down dog meat farms in the country and helping farmers transition to a humane and more profitable business, and by rescuing the hundreds of dogs stuck on these farms so they can be treated and adopted in places like Vermont.
“Closing farms has been a really powerful tool and it shows that this is an industry that is dying out.”
Since 2015, Humane Society International has rescued over 2,500 dogs. “We hope to provide that source of rescue for these dogs because there isn’t the same level of adoption culture that we have here in the United States,” said Kelly Donithan, director of Global Animal Disaster Response for the Humane Society. International.
The other three dogs, Roger, Janis and Periwinkle, were rescued from a large-scale neglect case in Texas.
If you are interested in adopting one of the dogs, contact the North Country Animal League.