In South Korea – where dogs are considered a traditional delicacy and have only recently become popular as pets – 61-year-old Jung Myoung Sook is viewed by some as odd. But others see her as a champion of animal rights.
For the last 26 years, so far she’s saved more than 200 dogs from death.
Sook is not well-off, but she not only takes care of strays, she also buys ill-fated pups meant to be sold to restaurants.
‘My babies aren’t hungry,’ Jung told the Associated Press. ‘They can play and live freely here. “Some people talk about me, saying, ‘Why is that beggar-like middle-aged woman smiling all the time,’ said Jung. “But I just focus on feeding my babies. I’m happy and healthy.”
Most of the dogs live with her for good. She said she spends about US$1,600 a month on food and medicine, and otherwise relies on donations of soybean milk, pork, dog food and canned meat. Family, friends and sometimes strangers send her money.
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.”
“My babies aren’t hungry. They can play and live freely here,” says Sook who is raising over 200 dogs she rescued