“We take fearful dogs, we take skittish dogs, we take the ones we see a chance of rehabilitation with further once they come here,” Boehler says. “Some of the dogs are not actively social or friendly right away, but we can see that potential in them with a good adopter.”
Expect to see quite a few Jindo, Dosa, and poodle mixes available for adoption through Korean K9 Rescue and Free Korean Dogs. “Normally a small, cute, fluffy dog from a puppy mill or pet store is seen as a pet, and mixed-breed dogs are defined as a dog that could be for eating or basically has no soul and is stupid,” Boehler says. The stigma against mixed-breed dogs means they are rarely adopted from South Korean shelters, and with a burgeoning homeless dog population, there is no room to spare.
“It’s a law that after five days they have to euthanize in the city shelters,” Boehler says. “So we have a very short window of time to pull these dogs out, and the ones that can be saved, we try to pull as many as we can.”