While some people spent their Easter holiday unwrapping Cadbury creme eggs, two Oregon animal shelters were joining forces over the weekend to save the lives of 28 South Korean dogs.
The dogs had been living at a meat farm (yes, that means what you think it does) in the South Korean city of Wonju, until they were rescued by the Humane Society of Central Oregon in Bend and BrightSide Animal Center in Redmond.
The two shelters were contacted by the Humane Society of the United States and asked if they could care for 28 of the 250 dogs that were being taken from the farm. The shelters both agreed and, over the weekend, the animals made the long flight from South Korea to central Oregon (with a stop in San Francisco along the way).
According to the Humane Society of Central Oregon, the dogs range in age from 4 months to 2 years and are a “variety” of mixed breeds, including Labrador, Mastiff and Elkhound.
“These dogs may have been bred for a specific purpose, but they are exhibiting an absolute desire to bond with humans, and that’s what we’re going to nurture and bring out,” HSCO Outreach Manager Lynne Ouchida told KTVZ. “It’s been a long journey. It’s going to be a rewarding one, when we find all these guys a loving home.”
The dogs will eventually be available for adoption, but it will take some time. According to Ouchida, they had been living in cramped wire crates, have never walked on leashes and are, in many cases, still terrified. That will all change — it already has, starting when they were placed on that long flight, bound for a better life.