Eight months ago, Rey was shivering in an outdoor cage at a South Korean dog meat farm, fated to be killed and eaten.
Today, the sleek, brown large-breed dog lives in a Vancouver foster home, learning the ways of American pets as he waits for someone to adopt him.
Rey, a Tosa, or Japanese mastiff, is among the 102 dogs Humane Society International rescued in August after convincing the owner of one of South Korea’s 17,000 dog meat farms to switch to growing crops.
Although dog meat is considered a delicacy and is served at many Korean restaurants, animal advocates say the trade is unregulated, leading to inhumane living conditions and barbaric methods of slaughter for the more than 2 million dogs bred annually at dog meat farms.
The rescued dogs were flown to the United States in September and placed in shelters for rehabilitation, training and adoption. The Humane Society for Southwest Washington took in 25 of the dogs, mostly Tosas and a few small Jindo mixes.