This angel of mercy lovingly devotes her life to saving dogs from being killed and eaten as part of the dog-meat trade in South Korea. She has saved 200 puppies so far from a terrible fate and happily does so at her own expense.
Jung Myoung Sook is an amazing 61-year-old woman who is devoting her own life to save the dogs of South Korea who are in distress–those who have become part of the dog-meat trade.
Jung lives alone in a tumbledown hillside compound far from any neighborhood. She travels to work and has a job as a cleaning lady at a store and also collects recyclable boxes. She lives a frugal life, not thinking about her own comforts.
“Hey, my babies. Give your mom a kiss,” says Jung Myoung Sook, 61
It all started 26 years ago when she came across dogs in the rice paddies who were lost and frightened, so she decided to take them home. Now, she still picks up dogs wandering in the streets.
Then, Yung decided to regularly visit dog farms where they are held in small cages and prepared for slaughter. She buys them back with her own money and takes them home with her.
Some locals regard her as strange and unconventional—and she’s also had to move house many times because of the barking. Yung says, “Some people talk about me, saying, ‘Why is that beggar-like middle-aged woman smiling all the time,’ but I just focus on feeding my babies. I’m happy and healthy.”
But Yung Myoung Sook is not alone. Animal rights activists have been fighting for the elimination of dog farms for years, where dogs are often kept in cruel environments and sold to the meat markets and restaurants. In South Korea, there are no laws regarding dog farming, so animals can be mistreated or abused. Some activists also claim many dogs are killed in inhumane ways.
Yung’s puppies looking content and healthy with wet snouts and wagging tails
Yung is held in the highest esteem by many for her unselfish care for the dogs. She does not see herself as a hero, though.
Authorities in the area know about Jung’s shelter, which opened in 2014, but have no legal responsibility to inspect it, according to an official who refused to give his name because he wasn’t authorized to speak to media.
“My babies aren’t hungry they can play and live freely here”
Many people in South Korea realize that dogs are more than just meat and that dogs are loving and have individual personalities. One in 5 households has a cat or a dog. But the fight for the eradication of dog farms goes on.
Forsaking her own comforts and acting compassionately towards those in distress
She also saves stray or lost dogs from being euthanized at public shelters, although matters are slightly improving there. About 81,000 stray or abandoned animals, mostly dogs and cats, were sent to public shelters in 2014, down from 100,000 in 2010, the South Korean government has said.
Large numbers of dogs are currently being bred and raised in unsanitary conditions where diseases can spread. Jung says although some of her dogs die due to dogfights, she sees they are kept healthy. Her expenses are around $1,600 per month. It includes food and medical care. She relies on donations of soybean milk, pork and canned meat. Occasionally she receives money from supporters.
Park Hye-soon, a local restaurant owner, has given Jung leftover pork for four years. “She lives only for her dogs,” he said, “without doing much for herself.”
Jung Myoung Soon relies on donations of soybean milk
Jung Myoung Soon is an incredible woman, going about her life alleviating the suffering of dogs she comes across, and displays great virtue. She understands the principle of empathy and compassion for living beings–that’s why she’s so amazingly happy!