That spelled freedom for hundreds of dogs.
And still so many more to go.
More than 2 million dogs are killed every year in South Korea to feed a market that consumes around 100,000 tons of dog meat every year, according to the Animal Welfare Institute.
These six Dallas dogs are just the first to taste freedom. In the days ahead, HSI will bring the remaining 171 dogs to various rescues in the U.S. and Canada - as well as to foster families in Ottawa, Canada.
"It's all new for them compared to where they used to be," Albrecht says. "It's definitely a huge transition."