Ten dogs facing certain death received a stay of execution when a Long Island shelter came to the rescue last month.

Free Korean Dogs, a rescue organization based in South Korea, teamed up with Little Shelter Animal Rescue and Adoption of Huntington to transport the dogs to the United States to save them from slaughter. According to the rescue group, more than 2 million dogs are raised and slaughtered each year for sale as food. The Korean Meat Trade has been under scrutiny for its inhumane treatment of animals, which are tortured and killed for consumption.  

The cost of transporting the animals to the United States was $4,000, and the dogs arrived safely at the shelter on February 27 around 2 p.m. Before their arrival, each dog received a full medical examination and was spayed or neutered.

The pups range in age from 6 months to 4 years, weighing between 4 and 15 pounds, and are eagerly awaiting forever homes. Rowan Daray, of Little Shelter Animal Rescue, reports that all the dogs are healthy and happy and will be quarantined for the next two weeks.

During that time, the dogs’ behaviors and personalities will be evaluated to better understand their needs. After that, they will be made available for adoption.

To help cover the cost of the rescue mission and transportation, the organization started the You Caring Campaign, through which supporters can donate to the cause and learn more about the group’s rescue efforts.

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“There’s a greater call to action for us and other rescue groups to come together to help as many of these animals as possible,” said Daray. “We want to set a standard and lend a hand when we can to get animals out of horrible and inhumane conditions and be placed into loving homes.”

For more information, visit Little Shelter Animal Rescue and Adoption Center or call the shelter at 631-368-8770.