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Foreign Teachers in Korea Care for Stray Dogs

2010-05-05 01:09 AM EST

As if she wasn’t busy enough teaching at a university in Korea, “Animal Annie” as she’s known at work, spends most of her spare time looking after animals.



[Annie Sauvageau, Coordinator, Animal Rescue Korea]:

“…every weekend we come to the Asan shelter to help…play with the dogs.” 



[Annie Sauvageau, Coordinator, Animal Rescue Korea]:

“Here at the Asan shelter, we’ve been coming for a year….It’s a passion, it’s something you cannot deny, I think.”



Annie Sauvageau and friend Cathy Hall are both from Canada, and coordinate Animal Rescue Korea.



[Kathy Hall, Coordinator, Animal Rescue Korea]:

“It’s hard to uninvolve once you see the need thats out there and you know you can help and you have help."



The Asan Animal Shelter has a massive 300 dogs.



[Kathy Hall, Coordinator, Animal Rescue Korea]:

“Many of them are abandoned, lost, misplaced, unwanted.”



They coordinate volunteers to walk and feed the dogs, but their main aim is for the pets to be adopted out. 



[Annie Sauvageau, Coordinator, Animal Rescue Korea]:

 “For us the best thing is when people write back and say “I love this dog, thank you.”   …It keeps us going….Mishka was pulled out  because he was young and healthy and he didn’t even stay here a year, so it’s wonderful.”



Meet Mishka’s proud new owner.



[Robert Joe, Mishka’s Adoptive Owner]:

“I saw Mishka and I kind of fell in love with him.  I actually used to be obsessed with Samoyeds as a kid. So it was kind of like fate.” 



[Robert Joe, Mishka’s Adoptive Owner]:

 “He’s gonna start struggling now, there you go Mishka. Every man needs a dog.”



[Robert Joe, Mishka’s Adoptive Owner]:

"He’s gonna need a lot of grooming, you can see right now he kind of looks like a Rastafarian."



Running the animal shelter isn’t free of  daily dramas.  From haircuts and grooming to basic medical care, to just filling up their water bowls. All of it is a massive task.



[Kathy Hall, Coordinator, Animal Rescue Korea]:

“Because of animals being territorial sometimes there were some fights.”



[Annie Sauvageau, Coordinator, Animal Rescue Korea]:

“Two dogs were fighting and unfortunately one dog got her ear bit and we tried to separate them but she got scared when I grabbed the leash and she turned around and bit me.”



Sometimes it seems like an overwhelming and difficult task.  But then there’s the love.



[Annie Sauvageau, Coordinator, Animal Rescue Korea]:

“We’re not talking about aggressive dogs, wer’er not talking about sick, already dying dogs. No, they’re ex-housed dogs and they deserve a chance.”



[Kathy Hall, Coordinator, Animal Rescue Korea]:

“Some people will think, yes of course, it’s just easier or just better for the dogs who don’t have a home to just euthanize them, but when you look in their faces, you just can’t.”



And their job’s finished until next weekend.



Emma Hall, NTD, Asan, South Korea.

 

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