One woman (whose name has been kept anonymous to protect her privacy) was assaulted and robbed at gunpoint, Ching said. Then, one of the men circled back to the woman, aimed his gun at her face and pulled the trigger. Thankfully, the gun had only been loaded with BB pellets. But she was left with permanent scars, physically and emotionally, from the ordeal.
Eventually, with the help of the victim adoption program, she was placed with a small, terrified dog named Dot, who had lost her leg in the dog meat trade. Together, they're helping each other heal and learn not to be afraid of other people.
The introduction of dogs to victims of abuse or trauma can lead to decreased anxiety, lowered risk of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and an increase in trust over time, according to a 2011 study that observed a group of female assault survivors interacting with dogs during therapy sessions.
"So many of these China and Korea dogs are actually going to these victims," Ching said. "I kind of look at it like, even though we're saving animals, were using these animals to save people."