South Korean dog meat rescue

on the road with Animalcouriers

13 dogs rescued from a South Korean dog meat farm

Earlier in January Animalcouriers helped out at the UK end of the trip for 13 dogs rescued from a South Korean dog meat farm by the UK arm of animal protection charity Humane Society International (HSI).

HSI travelled to South Korea in December, accompanied by Pete Wicks from The Only Way is Essex, to bring about the charity’s 10th dog meat farm closure. The closure saved 170 dogs from being killed and eaten, and took the total number of dogs saved by HSI to more than 1,200. The closures take place in partnership with the dog farmers themselves, who are eager to leave the controversial trade.

The dogs rescued on this trip weare Henry, a Golden Retriever; Jack, a Beagle; and Jindo mixes Lucie, George, Tory, Rocky, Bella, Chris, Adam, Mocha, Abbie, Lucy and Leila. HSI describes the conditions they were living in, and the state of dog farming in South Korea generally:

“The dogs were confined their whole lives in filthy, barren, metal cages on a dog meat farm in Namyangju, a mere two-hour drive from where South Korea will host the 2018 Winter Olympics in just a few weeks’ time. It’s one of an estimated 17,000 dog farms across the country, breeding more than 2.5 million dogs a year to be eaten.”

The rescued dogs in their crates

The rescued dogs in their crates

All on board and ready to leave the farm

All on board and ready to leave the farm

Claire Bass, executive director of HSI/UK, was part of the rescue team. She says:

“It was incredibly upsetting to see so many frightened dogs in such appalling conditions, many of them emaciated, with skin or eye infections and covered in pressure sores. But our dog farm closures are shining a much-needed spotlight on this cruelty and supporting the vibrant campaign by South Koreans themselves to end the trade. Most South Koreans don’t regularly eat dog meat, and in fact the majority of young people have never eaten it, so it’s a dying industry that we have a real opportunity to end.”

The dogs flew with British Airways into London Heathrow on the afternoon of 3 January, and stayed the night at the airport’s Animal Reception Centre (ARC). The next day, HSI and Pete Wicks were on hand to greet the dogs — a reunion that was covered by ITV’s Good Morning Britain.

Outside Heathrow Animal Reception Centre

Outside Heathrow Animal Reception Centre

The HSI team delighted to see the dogs again

The HSI team delighted to see the dogs again

13 dogs rescued from a South Korean dog meat farm — Pete Wicks being interviewed while he strokes a dog

Pete Wicks being interviewed while he strokes a dog

Cuddles for a pup

Cuddles for a pup

From Heathrow, the dogs needed to travel to All Dogs Matter in Waltham Abbey, a kennels that specialises in dog rescue and rehoming. Animalcouriers sponsored and carried out the transport from the airport to the kennels.

Pete Wicks glad to know all the dogs are on board the Animalcouriers van

Pete Wicks glad to know all the dogs are on board the Animalcouriers van

Arrival at All Dogs Matter

Arrival at All Dogs Matter

Courier R with one of the rescued dogs

All Dogs Matter is now socialising and assessing 12 of the dogs for rehoming. To register interest in adopting one of the dogs, apply online at

The 13th dog, Henry, already has his new home — with HSI’s Claire Bass. Claire wrote to courier R to say:

“Thank you SO MUCH — your professionalism, patience and kindness were hugely appreciated by me and the HSI team, as well as the All Dogs Matter team.”


By |2018-01-16T15:23:43+00:00Tuesday, January 16, 2018|animal rescue, pet air travel|31 Comments


  1. onespoiledcat January 16, 2018 at 3:36 pm - Reply

    Bless Animal Couriers for being part of this wonderful rescue effort……….those 13 pups were EVER so lucky to be saved.


    • Animalcouriers January 18, 2018 at 6:13 pm - Reply

      It was a very small part but we were delighted to be able to help!

  2. IreneDesign2011 January 16, 2018 at 3:42 pm - Reply

    Really a good and positive outcome for these dogs. Thank you for your support 🙂

  3. NylabluesMum January 16, 2018 at 3:44 pm - Reply

    **sniffullsss** What a pawtastick story of rescue Lady Annie! Mistur Peter an his teem an all of youss’ are so wunderfull….
    Did you know mee Sisfur doggie JADE was frum a meet farm?? Shee was a Jindo cross an thee most beeuteefull red chestnut color. Even inn Canada there are ongoing rescuess of these wudnerfull doggiess…
    444 pawss uppy to ALL of youss’!!
    ~~~head rubsss~~~ Siddhartha Henry~~~

    • Animalcouriers January 18, 2018 at 6:15 pm - Reply

      Wow, Jade is another lucky dog!

      • NylabluesMum January 18, 2018 at 11:15 pm - Reply

        Shee sure was Lady Annie!! Poor gurl got run over an it was a shock to all of us. Shee was road savvy butt gettin slower…..mee missess her an Mumma Mary-Ellen has not found a doggie to adopt since then. Jade was a hard act to follow! 😉

  4. easyweimaraner January 16, 2018 at 3:48 pm - Reply

    my heart dropped as I read about a dog meat farm… thanks to you and thanks to all who helped…

  5. Clowie January 16, 2018 at 4:12 pm - Reply

    I hope these dogs have happy lives ahead of them.

    I hope this awful trade in dog meat will cease soon.

  6. Jovina Coughlin January 16, 2018 at 4:19 pm - Reply

    Thank goodness for HSI and Animalcouriers for rescuing these animals. It certainly was incredible. they are safe now.

    • Animalcouriers January 18, 2018 at 6:17 pm - Reply

      HSI do wonderful things — it was good to be able to help such a great cause.

  7. January 16, 2018 at 5:06 pm - Reply

    Thank you all for being so caring and loving for these dogs. Someone needs to love and care for them. Many prayers sent for you to receive the funds, and people to continue this great work. Hugs!

    • Animalcouriers January 18, 2018 at 6:17 pm - Reply

      Yes, here’s to the funds and homes for these wonderful dogs.

  8. becomingcliche January 16, 2018 at 6:31 pm - Reply

    That beagle looks like he is grinning so big!

  9. GP Cox January 16, 2018 at 7:50 pm - Reply

    Don’t you just love to put a post like this together ? – a happy ending for all!!

  10. Sheila Morris January 16, 2018 at 9:24 pm - Reply

    I can hardly read this one…I can only believe that there will be a special place in hell for people who abuse children and animals.
    Thank you for all you did to help with the rescue of these splendid creatures!!

    • Animalcouriers January 18, 2018 at 6:20 pm - Reply

      Just thinking about the lives and deaths these dogs have makes us shudder. A small part in a larger game is always good.

  11. tootlepedal January 16, 2018 at 11:52 pm - Reply

    Good work.

  12. Timothy Price January 17, 2018 at 1:30 am - Reply

    Hallelujah Couriers. I have read a lot of horrible stories about dog farms and how inhumanely the dogs are raised, treated, and killed for human consumption. Good for you going to SK and doing your part.

    • Animalcouriers January 18, 2018 at 6:22 pm - Reply

      The stories are stomach churning. We did our part but it was only the last leg of the journey.

  13. Edie Chase January 17, 2018 at 2:06 am - Reply

    Thank you for helping those dogs. Hopefully one day soon, there won’t be anymore dog meat farms.

  14. Lavinia Ross January 20, 2018 at 5:15 pm - Reply

    Thank you for being a part of their rescue! These dogs can now look forward to new, happy lives!

    • Animalcouriers February 6, 2018 at 11:28 am - Reply

      It was our great pleasure to be part of the big picture. Lovely to think of the lives they’ll be living now.

  15. smilecalm January 20, 2018 at 10:22 pm - Reply

    smiling to your
    caring efforts 🙂

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