There's also a stigma in South Korea around dogs rescued from meat farms. "People just don't like to adopt dogs from meat farms," Park said. "In general, people in Korea see 'pet' dogs as dogs [who are] small, cute and pretty. But most dogs rescued from a dog meat farm or markets are big dogs."
Park, who is originally from South Korea herself, has seen this kind of discrimination firsthand. "When I organized a protest last summer at a dog meat market, I saw a young woman holding a Pomeranian puppy in her arms, and bought dog meat with her husband at the dog market," she said. "I was pretty shocked."