Friends, this may be a bit of a read, but we appreciate you taking the time...
(Warning: Some disturbing narrative follows)
Many of you may be familiar with the awful stories out of South Korea, where history suggests that Koreans have been eating dogs for more than a thousand years. They were a familiar food source during the near-starvation years of Japan’s brutal occupation of Korea, World War II, and the Korean War.
*Source: USA Today / March 7, 2019
Dogs-as-food has never been a secret, but the world started paying serious attention to South Korea in 1988, when the Summer Olympics were held in Seoul. Westerners protested the treatment of dogs then, and again leading up to the 2002 FIFA World Cup, held in South Korea and Japan. Attention was renewed in 2018 with the Winter Olympics in South Korea’s Gangwon Province. American skier Gus Kenworthy became a high-profile advocate when he adopted a puppy from a dog farm there.
With that said, we are excited to share with you that All Texas Dachshund Rescue was recently contacted by a local representative for the Asan Angel's Sanctuary located in South Korea. AAS has 200+ dogs in their care and they are one of the VERY FEW no kill shelters in Korea! The sanctuary was a mud field, once owned by a dog hoarder, in the middle of Asan, that was turned into an animal shelter. It’s run entirely by military spouses with volunteering Korean college students. 50% of the dogs at Asan are dogs with health issues that have been dumped there or were family pets that owners have surrendered. The other 50% are dogs rescued from Korean dog meat farms.
ATDR has teamed up with Asan Angel’s to help rescue this precious little man they‘ve named Mr. Wiener Schnitzel. Marlena, his foster in Korea, tells us Mr. Schnitzel was dumped near the sanctuary. He was found to be severely underweight and suffering with a harsh skin condition. It’s also possible that he had been attacked by other dogs or possibly rats, as he was missing little pieces of skin on his ears and tail. Because the shelter sits in the middle of a field there in Korea, sadly, the vermin tunnel into the kennels to fight the dogs for food.
Marlena said when she first met Schnitzel, you could feel every vertebrae, every rib and every bone in his little body. You could also see his tiny little heart pumping outside his ribcage. She immediately took him to her home where he was given a soothing medicated bath. He’s had some hair loss due to stress and starvation. The good news is, that after being in Marlena’s care for a few days, Schnitzel began filling out! He’s gained a few ounces and now you can no longer see his piercing ribs or beating heart through his skin!
Our combined goal is to get Schnitzel healthy, out of Korea and transported to Houston, Texas where he’ll decompress in a caring foster home, while we work to find him a loving forever family. They haven’t quite determined his age yet, but he adores children, loves to cuddle and gets along great with other dogs. He is quite playful and gets excited about any kind of toy. Marlena is currently working with him on both potty and crate training. The only thing he doesn’t like are long leash walks in the cold.
The plan for Schnitzel is as follows:
He will be neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. He is being medically evaluated and tested for heartworms. He will be treated if found to be positive. He will have to be quarantined for a bit, then will require an international health certificate before being cleared to fly to Houston. Our hope is to arrange for Schnitzel to travel in-cabin, on a military flight, accompanied by someone traveling to Texas. It’ll be much safer for him than being shipped in cargo.
We’ve got to get this little boy out of Korea so he can know a better life awaits! We just can’t turn our backs on him. If you would like to be a part of Schnitzel’s Survival, please know that no donation is too small, as every single dollar will count! Together we can mend his broken little life and turn it into a successful save!
Just go to the Donate button or PayPal on the lefthand side of this page or mail a check or money order in any amount to All Texas Dachshund Rescue - Attn: Schnitzel - P.O. Box 841336 - Pearland, Texas 77584 Thank you for caring!