🐶🐕 January 2024 – Monthly update from ARK shelter in Korea

Sharing for Animal Rights Korea (ARK) Shelter.

Dear Supporters,

By now, you’ve probably heard of the ban on dog meat in South Korea. This is a great achievement for sure. Not only are the farms illegal now, but sales of dog meat are also banned. We welcome this brave new step and urge the government not to stop there but to keep the momentum going by making it easy for the farmers to transition out of the business. Based on 2023 estimates (, South Korea still has around 1,600 dog meat restaurants and 1,200 dog farms.

Now, let’s look at the reality.
The dogs from the meat farms are typically left to the already stretched local shelters, and sadly, many of them won’t get to live happily ever after. South Korean local governments do not have shelters for 500,000 dogs from the meat farms. So far, no mention of financial support for the shelters has been made in any government briefing.

We can change that by adopting and bringing these dogs into our lives. These dogs are not any different from your pet. You can show the world how these dogs are just like any other dog. ARK still has about 130 dogs from the dog meat farm, and the biggest hurdle we face when adopting them out is the misconception people have about them.

They are no longer scared dogs. Thanks to the staff and the 2,500 volunteers who came to help last year, the dogs finally have learned LOVE and what the loving eyes of a person mean. They are no longer hungry dogs. Thanks to the many generous donors like you, we can now provide them with food and snacks. They are no longer sick dogs. Thanks to the many sponsors like you, we can take them to the vet should there be signs of illness.

The dogs now know that a LEASH means a walk, not a trip to the slaughterhouse. The dogs now know that a BROOM means having their pen cleaned, not receiving a beating.

It is said that the meat farmers mixed Jindos, Tosa Dogs, Retrievers, and Great Danes to create big, docile dogs like teddy bears. And the word from all the fosters here is that All ARK dogs are just like teddy bears. Big, soft, cuddly bears.

We would love for you to be a part of their journey home. Please reach out if you can adopt or foster a dog or want to hear more. If adopting a dog is not an option for you, you can still help us by donating. Every little bit of care does cost us, sometimes an arm and a leg, and your help is greatly appreciated.

🆘 Paypal –

Monthly donations are also available:
🖌️ $100 per month –
🖌️ $50 per month –
🖌️ $30 per month –
Thank you! 🙏 💗 🐕

📢 Please keep in touch and stay up to date with us via the following links!
👉 Instagram
👉 Facebook
👉 YouTube
👉 Adoptable dogs

All at ARK


🐶 For foster home and adoption inquiries, contact ARK: 📧 [email protected]

🐶 If you are in the United States and would like to learn how to foster or adopt one of these dogs, please contact ARK Shelter’s partnering rescue organization in the US, The Barky Bunch Rescue.
👉 Click HERE for the Adoption and Foster Application and Steps to Adoption Information.
👉 Click HERE for the dogs available for adoption from ARK Shelter. They are adding more dogs to the list, so keep checking. 🌎 Click the “See Translation” for English translation.
Gabby is available for adoption to a loving home.
👉 Click HERE to contact The Barky Bunch Rescue with any questions.

🤔 On the ARK’s PayPal Monthly Donation Link, it says, “롯데목장 개 살리기 시민모임” and the Google translation is strange. Is this the right PayPal page?

💡 Yes, this is the right PayPal page. Back in 2020, there was a dog farm that had been in operation for decades in Gyeyang Mountain in Incheon on the land rented from one of the major Korean Conglomerates called “Lotte.” A group of compassionate animal advocates got together with Coexistence of Animal Rights on Earth(CARE), and with the help of caring donors, they paid the dog farm owner to save the 250 dogs at this farm from being slaughtered.

At the time, the volunteers named themselves “롯데목장 개 살리기 시민모임,” which translates to “People gathered to save the dogs at the Lotte dog farm.” Since then, the volunteers have been working hard to find homes for as many of these dogs as possible, and they changed their name to “Animal Rights Korea (ARK) Shelter.” Therefore, even though their PayPal page reflects their legacy name, it is the right PayPal page, and ARK Shelter will receive your donation to provide care to the dogs.

👉 Click HERE to learn more about this rescue and the ARK Shelter from our previous postings.

Click below for some of the Korean news coverage of this rescue:
👉 Conflict Between Local Government and Civic Group Over Rescuing 250 Dogs from Illegal Dog Farm in Gyeyang Mountain, Incheon. (인천 계양산 불법개농장 250마리 구조놓고 지자체-시민모임 갈등), 9/16/2020.
👉 “Dogs from Gyeyang Mountain Dog Farm, Where Slaughter and Abuse Occurred, “Now Have Nowhere to Go.” (도살·학대당하던 계양산 개농장 개들 “이젠 갈곳을 잃었네요”), 9/16/2020.

  1. mari smet
    mari smetMarch 1,24

    Wonderful NEWS — thank you

  2. mari smetan
    mari smetanMarch 1,24

    GOOD NEWS — BAN on Dog meat in South Korea — Reality : Dogs are typically left to already stretched local shelters — We can CHANGE this by adopting and bringing these dogs into our lives.

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