Dogs rescued from South Korean meat farm ready for adoption in GR

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Dogs once destined to be killed are now safe in Grand Rapids and ready for adoption. Three dogs were rescued from brutal living conditions in South Korea, some meant to be sold as meat.

The dogs have been in quarantine for 40 days after being rescued with 200 other dogs that are now in shelters all over the country. The Humane Society of West Michigan has taken them in and are ready to help find their future families.

It’s been a long road for these dogs, making the journey all the way from South Korea are are now safe in Grand Rapids.

"We have Tennison, Mozart and Monet and these three dogs were among thousands of dogs that were saved," said Trudy Ender, executive director of the Humane Society of West Michigan. "They were bred in horrid puppy mill situations, bred for breed, but also bred to be sold as meat.”

Trudy Ender with the Humane Society says the dogs were bred on puppy mills to be sold as pets or sold as meat, highlighting the terrible conditions they were once in. She says for them, rescuing animals doesn’t stop at the city limits.

"We think of animal advocacy internationally," said Ender. "It’s one planet and so we’re here to help rescue as many as we possibly can.”

The dogs have been in quarantine for 30 days in South Korea and another 10 days here in West Michigan. They are now ready for adoption.

"They’re good dogs," said Ender. "They have the ability to bond with human beings, they are really going to need an adopter who’s patient and will give them the right environment that they need.”

Ender says the dogs are being socialized with other dogs to learn their behavior, since they were alone in cages their entire lives.

"We’re asking that adopters who adopt these dogs have a dog in the home so that’ll help them learn how to be a dog because they haven’t been able to be one," said Ender. "They’ve been in cages, they’ve never had their paws on the ground flat.”

Ender says this raises awareness for issues happening internationally and how people can help locally.

"It shows the light on rescues, it shines the light on how adopting saves two lives, "said Ender. "It saves the life of the animal you adopt and then it makes room space for the next one so because people adopted, we had space.”

Visit the Humane Society of West Michigan's website for more information how to adopt these dogs as well as the other dogs, cats and small critters available for adoption.

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  • Mary

    Imported dogs from other countries should have a MANDATORY 30 day quarantine in a facility (NOT foster homes). These dogs are bringing diseases with them, it happened before with Korean dogs (Chicago/Dog Flu) and just this month with dogs from Egypt (RABIES). If the US has such a pet overpopulation problem, save the dogs here!

    • On It

      We are exposing all of our dogs to unknown diseases & new forms of distemper wherever these rescues end up, as here in Michigan. This is another ignorant move on the part of so called do gooders which is lauded by the media. There are PLENTY of puppy mills here to keep do gooders busy.

  • Scott

    It’s sad that rescuing animals now seems to have the same level of urgency as rescuing humans. It’s almost as if the canine has become somewhat of a god to some people. Recent articles, dog kill human and now somebody wants to adopt the dogs, instead of having the dogs put down. And now somebody in our country has the nerve to dictate how people on the other side of the world treat dogs. The sad thing is that the dogs in the article were going to be used for food to feed people, and these crazy liberals have decided they don’t like what people in South Korea eat. If I was starving and had to eat a dog, you can bet I would eat my dog or someone else’s dog.

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