Dogs Rescued from Meat Farm to Find Shelter in Tampa Bay
Fourteen of the 200 dogs rescued from a South Korean meat farm will be taken in by the Humane Society of Tampa Bay.
TAMPA – Fourteen dogs once bound for slaughter will be brought to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay for a second chance at life.
“We were absolutely thrilled to be asked to assist with this rescue effort,” said Sherry Silk, Humane Society of Tampa Bay CEO. “We are here to help animals in need, no matter where they come from, and will open our doors to them whenever we are able.”
Rescuers with Humane Society International sent 200 dogs saved from a South Korean dog meat farm in Wonju, South Korea, to the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom. As an emergency placement partner with the Humane Society of the U.S, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay is one of 18 shelters across the U.S., and one of six in Florida. that will welcome the dogs into their care to be placed for adoption into loving homes. The remainder of the 200 dogs will go to shelters in Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Washington, DC.
“It has been heartwarming to see the staff’s excitement as they prepare for the arrival of these dogs,” said Pam Becker, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay’s director of shelter operations. “We’ve all seen the videos and read the accounts of how much these dogs suffer and we just can’t wait to put our arms around them and tell them that they safe.”
The Humane Society of Tampa Bay will incur all costs of transporting and caring for the dogs until they are adopted. The dogs will likely need several weeks to recover from their journey before being ready to undergo spay/neuter surgery and be placed up for adoption. The Humane Society of Tampa Bay will keep the public updated on their progress through their blog, found at HumaneSocietyTampa.org, and social media.
This rescue marks the sixth dog meat farm closure managed by HSI, with a total of 770 dogs rescued since January 2015 as part of the organization’s campaign to end the dog meat trade in South Korea and across Asia. For information about HSI’s work to end the dog meat trade in Asia, go to hsi.org.
Emergency placement partners are part of HSUS’s national network that aims to save animals from abuse by assisting with large-scale abuse cases such as hoarding situations, animal fighting, or puppy mill operations. Once HSUS removes animals from abusive situations, emergency placement partners step up to care for and place the animals. As local groups with access to local resources, Emergency Placement Partners provide the animals with veterinary care, rehabilitation, and ultimately, placement in lifelong homes. For information on HSUS’s emergency placement partners, go to humanesociety.org.
Photo courtesy of the Humane Society of Tampa Bay.
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