Dogs rescued from South Korean dog meat farms were greeted by about 20 volunteers from the Southern California Golden Retriever Rescue (SCGRR) organization last weekend at LAX. One of the dogs came from a high-kill shelter and tested heartworm positive. The dogs were rescued by an anonymous American living in-country with family in the armed services. She barters with the dog meat vendors, trading vodka for dogs. She then finds volunteers to foster the animals until transport can be arranged. Dogs are transported with a volunteer who is traveling to Los Angeles to save money on cargo charges. Upon arrival, baggage handlers take them in their crates to the pick up area. After 16 hours in flight, they are anxious to be fed, watered and taken outside. Volunteers are assigned to manage each dog. Others break down the crates for re-use, wipe them down, and collect parts. The dogs are immediately transported to local vets that work with the rescue organizations. Dogs often come to the U.S. in need of medical care. When appropriate, they are transferred to volunteer fosters, and other volunteers manage their adoptions. The cost is about $1,000 to transport one healthy dog; more for dogs that require medical treatment. Six dogs were transported last week in three different efforts. Volunteers on this team included Janaina Owen, Philip Owen, Alexis Arinsburg, Sam Ridout, Lindsay Bachner, Brandon Bachner, Tycanne Arceri, Andrea Mejia, Nedra Plonski, Andy Anderson, Jonie Tsuji, Kaii Tsuji, Kathleen Watanabe, Molly McHugh, Danielle Mayer, Thuy Ta, Eric Arinburg, Connie McNally, Sinead Aguilar, Dave Denison, Sharon Denison, Julia Petuhova and Victoria Talbot.
Photo by Victoria Talbot