Five to six years have flown by since these senior dogs—with an average age of 10 years—came into our shelter. Nobody ever asked for their adoption. With a small dog’s average lifespan of 15 years, they may only have a few more years to live.
Do these older dogs still have a chance of finding a family?
Due to our greatest priority being dog slaughterhouse and farm rescues, most of the dogs at our shelter are either large or mixed breeds. There are few small—and no purebred—dogs at our shelter. And while we fervently hope that they live their remaining years in warmth and happiness with adoptive families, we face the cold reality that being of old age and mixed breed does not, and did not, make them desirable to many people.
Then a light appeared at the end of the tunnel. A Canadian organization reached out and offered to help find homes for 5 to 10 dogs per month. Senior dog adoption is more common in Canada than in South Korea.
Seven-year-old Noru and eight-year-old William met their adoptive families within a few days of arriving in Canada. We hoped that the rest of the small dogs at our shelter would be able to find permanent homes as well.
This wonderful opportunity came to a sudden pause with the COVID-19 outbreak. Due to the Canadian government’s restrictions on foreign visitors, all confirmed volunteer flight plans had to be cancelled. Instead of transporting the animals under consigned baggage with flight volunteers, we are now left with the sole option of “cargo transportation,” which is several times more expensive.
Preparing a small dog below 10 kg (~22 lbs) in weight for international adoption entails health screening, foster care, cargo and transportation, kennel purchase, and more, which all add up to a cost of approximately 1.3 million KRW (~1,051 USD.) Due to further health complications because of their old age, many of these dogs require an even greater expenditure. Additional cargo fees apply for heavier dogs.
Dream of Adoption
For many of the older dogs in our care, this may be the last chance to finally leave the shelter and live out their days with loving families. It’s the saddest thing for us when a dog ends their life in our shelter never having experienced the love and security of a family.
We need approximately $30,000 to prepare and fund the transportation of the 30 most senior dogs in our shelter for adoption in Canada.
If you can help in any way, please head on over to our donation page and help one of these sweet older dogs to finally find a loving forever home.
Thank you for all of your support!