NOVATO (CBS SF) — After lifetimes spent in small, filthy crowded cages on a South Korean dog meat farm, dozens of dogs can now spend the rest of their lives in loving homes.

The dogs are part of an international rescue effort by Humane Society International (HSI) in partnership with Emergency Placement Partners East Bay SPCA, Marin Humane Society and Sacramento SPCA.

The dogs were kept in horrific conditions — exposed to the elements — on farms HSI is trying to eradicate the South Korean meat trade a the source by conducting raids on trucks headed for slaughter, and working with farmers to agree to stop breeding the animals.

The dogs began arriving in the Bay Area March 16. The final fifteen were delivered to the SPCA’s Mission Campus in San Francisco, Thursday.

After a brief quarantine, they will be evaluated, spayed and neutered, treated for any medical issues, and made available for adoption.

Marin Human Society will be carefully screening adopters. Because the dogs come from such difficult circumstances, they will require a specific type of adopter and home. It will be at least two weeks before adoptions are possible.

If you are interested in providing a home for one of these animals, go to the MHS website and fill out an application at

For more information about Humane Society International, visit or call Kelly O’Meara, 240-506-6844.

Dogs Rescued From South Korea Meat Farm (Video courtesy HSI)

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