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HSSC Supports International Dog Rescue

While the Humane Society of Summit County is dedicated to our mission to protect local companion animals first and foremost, we are proud to open our doors this month to six dogs who have traveled to northeast Ohio from across the globe, through a partnership with Humane Society International. Five of these canines were rescued from a dog meat farm in the South Korean countryside. The sixth dog comes from Lebanon, having been left without a home as a result of the explosion in Beirut in August. Since their arrival in mid-November, the dogs have received medical care, socialization, behavioral support, and compassionate care at our shelter in Twinsburg. While each of these dogs has suffered extreme hardship prior to their rescue, most are now ready for adoption and searching for forever homes with local families.

The five dogs from South Korea are of two different breeds, including two Tosas, a large mastiff-like dog with a short red and black coat, and three Jindos, a medium-sized hunting dog with tan fur. Humane Society International works with Korean dog meat farmers to end the practice of raising dogs for human consumption and assists farmers with finding other livelihoods. Dog meat farming remains legal in South Korea where it is estimated that over two million dogs raised as livestock live in deplorable conditions. This particular rescue effort was complicated by restrictions in place due to the coronavirus pandemic, but after a journey of nearly two months, 200 dogs made their way to the United States, and a group of them to the Humane Society of Summit County. Four of these five dogs; Anderson, Hacana, Jin, and Dorothy, are now ready for adoption, while another, Teddy, will remain at the shelter as he undergoes treatment for a heartworm infection.

The final canine from this rescue partnership is a Siberian Husky from Beirut named Talej. The explosion in the Port of Beirut this summer killed 200 and injured over 6000 people. Pets were also victims in this tragedy as they went missing, lost their homes, or were injured in the blast. Animal rescue groups helped displaced companion animals who could not be reunited with families travel to the US to free up space and resources for other animals.

Despite harrowing experiences, the six dogs are ready for life with their new families. In addition to providing veterinary treatment, food, and daily care for these animals, our staff have worked to understand their temperaments while providing socialization and enrichment to help them be successful in new homes. Each dog has different needs as far as a home environment with people, children, and other pets, so interested adopters are encouraged to visit our website at www.summithumane.org/dogs to learn about individual dogs and then contact adoption counselors to begin the adoption process remotely by calling (234) 212-9843 or emailing adoptions@summithumane.org.

For the protection of all, HSSC is currently closed to visitors and conducting all adoptions by appointment only. These dogs and all animals adopted from HSSC are spayed or neutered, microchipped, and up to date on routine vaccinations.

Donations in support of the care of these dogs and other animals rescued and sheltered by the Humane Society of Summit County can be made online at www.summithumane.org/donate or by calling (234) 212-9749.

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