EAST COCALICO TWP., Pa. - Some dogs scheduled for slaughter are getting a second chance at life.
The dogs, rescued from a meat farm in South Korea, are now being cared for in East Cocalico Township, Lancaster County, near Adamstown.
Mia, Sophia, and Eva are living a much different life, and the plan is that it only gets better. Before arriving at the Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue, they lived in squalid cages in South Korea, being housed in meat farms.
"It's very difficult to think that these dogs were going to be eaten," said John Plummer with the Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue.
The Humane Society of the United States recently rescued about 170 dogs from 10 farms, and the dogs are being sent to shelters in the United States. Mia, Sophia, and Eva are part of that group. Four more are coming.
People spearheading the rescue said there appears to be a culture shift in Korea, so they are hopeful that, one day, rescues like this won't be necessary.
"Fortunately in South Korea, a lot of the younger generation is starting to shun to older traditions, and they are realizing that there's no difference between a meat dog and the dog they are keeping as pets," Plummber said.
Before the dogs are relocated, they are quarantined and put through a series of health and behavioral tests. Most start out timid and afraid.
When asked how resilient dogs are, Plummer said, "It is amazing. These dogs have only been here about a week we've seen tremendous progress with them."
Mia and Eva have adapted well. Sophia is still very skittish, but the people at the rescue are working to change that.
"They just get them used to be touched by humans, realizing that humans are not all that bad and they are good and good things can happen," Plummer said.
It'll be a few more weeks before the dogs can be adopted. If you're interested, you'll have to go through the application process.
The remaining four dogs will arrive at the shelter Sunday.
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