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HELP REQUEST FOR YANGSAN DOG FARM

$20,624 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 203 people in 2 months
Created May 9, 2019
Fundraising Team
on behalf of Se Jung Yoon
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ABOUT US:

Three Korean-American/Canadians friends and rescuers (an artsy New Yorker Se Jung aka "Ivy", an aggressive Vancouver girl, Annie, and a hot-tempered Cali girl Hannah) got together in an effort to end dog meat trade in Korea.  Out of desperation, we decided to start a GoFundMe page at the very last minute. We aired few live stream casts to let people know our next move. 

Current expense excludes all medical expenses that will be applied for this rescue. Majority of the dogs are suffering from severe skin diseases such as mange. We are hoping none of them are diagnosed with other diseases such as Heartworm. All of us believe in transparency in fundraising. We will post every receipts and invoices on both GoFundMe page and on all of our social media accounts.

YOUR FUNDS:

We would like to set a good example to other rescue organizations in an attempt to shut down a farm, every expenses should be shared with donors to make sure all of your contributions were spent solely on dogs. All the volunteers participated paid for their own gas, food, and water. This is how it should be. No other operational expense should be spent with your hard earned money.

64 dogs desperately need your help to escape torturous wire cages of death. Your help (whether it be networking, sharing, adopting or donating) can give these loving babies chances at normal lives. They deserve it. They’ve known nothing but horror and despair. We want to show them that the world is much more. The funds will be spent to pay for 64 dog's vet bills, ground transport, flight fees, crates, kibble, water. All receipts will be available for review.

Your funds will be withdrawal by Se Jung aka "Ivy" for the "Help Request for Yangsan Dog Farm" campaign. Since GoFundMe requires a U.S. account, we will be using Ivy's account to for withdrawals then will wire transfer the funds into Annie's Korean bank account. She will then pay for all vet and other bills associated with this rescue.

RESCUE:

We will start tomorrow and will pull all dogs. We've also bought the wire cages so this pos can never enslave another animal ever again. We’ve assembled all the crates, collars, Leashes, and transportation. This alone already cost us approximately $3000 USD.

The first team left for the farm at 11 a.m. today (Thursday) and is currently on-site. They found a rusty wagon of half-rotten raw pork that the farmer was using to feed the dogs. The farmer proudly described the moldy garbage as his "last good will gesture and farewell gift" for them (he used to feed them rotten boiled noodles). We found a baby Dachshund (who was perfectly intact last week) with his front right leg cut off. Farmer claims it was another dog but this baby was alone in the cage.

I’ll be leaving for the farm in 7 hours and rescue will start early morning tomorrow. There are 51 dogs on the farm now as the Dachshund puppy was taken to the vet immediately. We will bring all dogs to Seoul but they still direly need placements, shelters ,adopters and treatments. The farmer's only given us until May 10, 2019 to pull all the dogs so we've barely scrambled to pull all resources and help together to ensure safe removal of the dogs.

The farm is 230 miles away from Seoul and since the farmer has stressed multiple times that he won't give up the dogs if there are too many people on his farm, we can’t really go back and forth to rescue in sessions.

I so badly wish we had more time, people, planning, resources and space. I am very well-aware that this plan is beyond unorganized, rushed and somewhat doomed. But with such limited time, this was the best we could manage and sadly, this is Yangsan dogs’ only shot at life for the time being.

Very few Rescue Organizations in the U.S. have committed to some but it’s nowhere close to 52. Thank you in advanced for your help. Both of us believe in transparency of all donations received. All donations and expenses will be managed by Annie. We thank you so much in advanced for helping us out!

Sincerely,


Annie Ham, Hannah Kim, and Se Jung aka "Ivy" Yoon

Annie's Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/anniehammy_/p/BxPZJPhHwb2/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=x44mxchwydjx

Joey & Bailey's Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/1818945368385257/posts/2340605346219254?sfns=mo 

Ivy's Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/ivyyoon1
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Annie and her team are still camping outside of public park located in front of National Assembly in Seoul, Korea. Many individuals stopped by and/or donated goods and funds to help cover towards this rescue.

Annie contacted me just few days before this rescue and gave me the impression she will shut down a small dog farm and asked for help with adoption process to the U.S. Thinking a small farm, I agreed without hesitation thinking it will not be more than 20 dogs. 56 dogs turned into 64, then to 70 dogs final counts!

For someone who’s new to the rescue world, she is very experienced and knowledgeable. Unlike, some of the rescue organizations I’ve worked before, I can honestly say, she truly cares about well beings of the dogs. This reminds me of a so called rescuer who claims she “truly cares about the dogs” but had a different motive. Last thing Annie will check is the balance on her bank account. If it means, spending money on her savings account, she will just go for it. This was what I was afraid of.

Instead of starting the day with normal greeting, my first question to Annie is, “Did you eat?” Due to lack of volunteers, she doesn’t even have time to eat or sleep. For the past two weeks, I was so worried that I had to send a friend to force feed her.

Through this rescue, us three gyopos (Korean-Americans and Korean-Cadanian) got together to help save lives from Yangsan Dog Farm. Ivy @ivyyoon1 has been shutting down a dog farm herself without depending on any rescue organizations in Korea. She discovered an illegal farm and just went for it. She didnt even bother raising funds and ended up spending close to $10K of her own money for approximately 20 dogs.

I truly have respect for these two girls. I am embarrassed to say but I learn so much from these two. They will forever be my sisters. We still have more expenses to cover. Any amount will be greatly appreciated. We believe in transparency in fundraising. Thank you so much in advanced.

Love,


Hannah
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Dear Donors:

I wanted to take this time to thank each and everyone of you for your love and support. We sincerely appreciate you. It is hard for individuals to handle 64 dogs rescued from this horrific dog farm located in Yangsan, Korea. Yangsan is located not too far from the second largest city of Busan. This location is very popular for dog meat trade. As some of you may know, one of the largest dog meat marketplace called, Gupo is not too far from here. This is where majority of dogs are sent to be tortured and slaughtered.

We're going on 17th day since the rescue. Annie and her team used the public park located in front of National Assembly as a temporary basecamp until any of the rescue organizations in Korea or other countries to come and help us. Prior to the rescue, we reached out to local shelters and sanctuaries to find a room to temporary place these 64 dogs. No one had room to take in these dogs. So here we are camping in front of National Assembly.

Now, local police wants us to clear the area by May 30, 2019. Where will these dogs go? We're asking citizens of Korea to help us find a place and to file formal complaints with the city.
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UPDATE ON YANGSAN DOG FARM DAY 4

Total number of individual volunteers participating are now at 88. Thank you! Still, no words from any international rescue organizations offering their help! If we’re receiving “special gift” from local dog meat association members, I am pretty sure word is out world wide regarding this rescue.

Korean Dog Meat Association decided to stop by and leave a banner that reads, “Korean Jindo Meat for Sale”. These are not humans, but evils. They have no souls. All of them have a look of a potential serial killers. In order to make sure all of our rescued dogs are safe, we have volunteers watching them around the clock. No dogs are left unattended. Their safety and health is our number one priority despite the current situation. Our volunteers are working hard to make sure all 64 are comfortable.

We are estimating 70% of canines are infected with heartworm and need of treatments. We are building temporary kennel space for our fur babies so that they can run around freely. We are turning this public park into a private dog park until some group or local government officials step up!

It looks like we are alone with this rescue. This rescue is now OUR RESCUE! Thank you so much for joining us. Many Korean citizens heard our cry and donated supplies. People world wide sent us so much love and support by donating via PayPal and GoFundMe.

Together, let’s make sure rescued canines are healthy and find forever homes! #grouphug

Love,

Annie, Ivy, and Hannah
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YONGSAN DOG FARM RESCUE DAY 3

Pups are changing day by day. Our mornings now start with waggy tails, kisses and whines. Beyond grateful for their remarkable transformation day by day but also heartbroken at our reality at the same time
Would it hurt less if these dogs were more ferocious that I wouldn't even hope for adoptions and groups stepping up? Would I feel less sorry if your eyes behind those crates were filled with more fear?

Their stool just started becoming normal so we are refraining from giving them treats and gave them chew bones. At first, they didn't know what it was so were tossing it around with their paws. After I put the bone in their mouths and showed them how to eat it, they were loving it. Everyone was eating it so deliciously like it was a dish from a Michelin star restaurant when my dogs at home don't even bother licking it.

Bruises and cuts everywhere, sleep-deprived and edgy to the max, but why do I still end up going to them? What the hell am I expecting to happen when I know this is a dead end street? Worries after worries are my daily routine but there were two great news today. The three biggest (Great Danes and Mastiff) got placed. Someone other than me finally pulled a JIndo baby. Three scaredy cats had a sibling reunion and finally got to be real puppies.

Love,

Annie

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Raised by 203 people in 2 months
Created May 9, 2019
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on behalf of Se Jung Yoon
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