GRRAND has been blessed with many incredible supporters in Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and elsewhere in the United States. We’ve worked hard over the years to help many dogs find new loving homes and we are proud of those efforts. In recent years we’ve expanded our scope to include some rescues from Istanbul, Turkey. Thousands of dogs are turned out into the streets and forests of Istanbul. They have no resources or protection, and many don’t survive. See our Turkey Golden Rescue Page for more information.
We are now expanding that international effort to Asia to rescue dogs who are living and dying in the horrible conditions of “dog meat trading.” BE WARNED, THE PICTURES AND INFORMATION PROVIDED BELOW ARE GRAPHIC AND DISTURBING. If you wish to donate and help GRRAND with this rescue mission but do not wish to see the graphic information below, please click here.
Here are pictures of GRRAND’s first dog rescued from South Korea. She has been placed in an incredible home and is experiencing an abundance of freedom and love!
View WDRB interview with Jane Sonntag, GRRAND Adoption Coordinator, about Hope’s journey to GRRAND.
We are appealing to all GRRAND supporters to help rescue dogs living in Asian countries enduring the horrible practice of selling and consuming dog meat. The dog meat trade is one of the most serious animal welfare issues in Asia. Dog meat has long been consumed as a traditional healing food in South Korea and other countries. Dogs are confined to crowded cages without adequate food or water until they are brutally killed—beaten, hung or electrocuted in front of other dogs—and sold for their meat. While dog farms in South Korea raise millions of these animals, many of the dogs who end up as food in other parts of Asia are stolen pets.
The conditions under which dogs are farmed, transported, and slaughtered are inhumane and barbaric. The dogs are not humanely killed, many are tortured for hours before being skinned alive. The reason for this is that people believe that the pain inflicted leads to the tenderizing of the meat. Most shocking of all, is that some dogs are still alive when their fur is removed.
In China, dogs and cats of all shapes and sizes, many of them family pets still wearing their collars, are snatched from the streets and forced into tiny cages. Many suffer broken limbs as they are transported vast distances, without food or water. When they finally arrive at the dog meat markets, injured, dehydrated and exhausted, they are forced to watch in terror as other dogs are bludgeoned to death or thrown still alive into boiling water to remove their skins.
The Humane Society International, along with other animal welfare organizations are working to eliminate this practice in these countries. They recently convinced South Korean authorities to close a “notorious” market, infamous for selling chilled dog meat as well as “live dogs killed to order.”
GRRAND has decided this practice is so disturbing that we cannot stand by and do nothing. While we don’t have massive financial resources to assist, we do have the ability to rescue dogs pulled from these horrendous conditions. Will you join us in the effort to bring some of these dogs to GRRAND? No doubt the cost to bring them to the United States, the medical requirements and emotional conditioning will be expensive, but we know you stand behind us. How incredible it will be to find homes that allow these previously condemned dogs to experience love and compassion for the first time in their lives!