It was always our dream to make a difference not only close to home, but also in international communities where dogs have even less of a voice than they do in the U.S. We are talking about dog meat markets. These are places where people literally treat pets as trash - they breed them for food and pile dozens of them into small, dirty cages to stand under the burning sun with no food or water. Some of them never get to touch the ground, even stretch out a paw, before ending up in a pot of boiling water and then on someone's plate. This may sound like a horror movie but it is not an exaggeration, for rescuers in Korea it is a scary reality. Their best strategy is taking the dogs right from the butcher's block. Rescuing usually entails going to the market disguised as a customer seeking dog for dinner, and then paying a hefty price to have the dog sold to them alive. We were lucky enough to meet a few of these people who've dedicated their lives to saving dogs from the Busan Gupo Dog Meat Market. We've been told stories of how rescuers get chased away with knives and threats, and how they've had to develop nerves of steel to lie and beg, to save as many dogs as they possibly can. We partnered up with these brave people and started "World Wide Wings" program to help rescue and transport dogs saved from under the butcher's knife. Dogs are incredible companion animals that are willing and able to love other animals, especially human beings, like no other. Their love goes to waste when they are tortured then feasted on. Our first dog from the dog meat market is Fei, she was used for breeding.. She was forced to mate and give birth so that her puppies can end up on someone's plate. There are truly no words to describe the disgust. Fei was abused and neglected for the first year of her life, but we can tell she didn't give up hope and this hope was shining brightly in her beautiful eyes. Fei was rescued and brought in to NY to start a new life. However, we didn't think about the language barrier and from the first moment she's arrived we started having difficulties communicating with her. It was as simple as that, Fei didn't understand English. It is a known fact that Jindo dogs are very loyal, and so we really hoped that the first home she will go to will be her foster to adopt home. And so guess our surprise when a family that spoke Korean reached out to us, inquiring about Fei... We couldn't believe our luck. The connection between Fei and her foster family was unmistakable. She fit right in and started learning what it means to be a pet, not a breeding machine. But what's even better, Fei's foster parents decided that when Fei is ready, they will give her what she desires the most and that is a forever home. And finally, the time has come when we believe she is ready. Enjoy the rest of your life, sweet girl! From a dog-meat farm in Korea to a loving forever family in America, that's what we call a true happily ever after. 


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