In a country where dogs aren’t considered household pets, one woman is saving every pup she can. Over the years, Jung Myoing Sook has rescued hundreds of dogs from the market, and now gives 200 stray pups safe haven on her property.
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Jung’s love of dogs is considered odd in South Korea, but Mashable reports her efforts are starting to gain ground. The 61-year-old is being hailed a champion of animal rights, often going without so her animals can be fed.
Jung has been rescuing and caring for her animals for 26 years. She will often find them on the street and take them home to join their new furry family.
Jung reserves very little money for her own comfort, spending nearly $1,200 a month on food and medicine. In order to make ends meet, Jung cleans a restaurant, collects and recycles cardboard boxes, and every now and again accepting help from friends, family and strangers.
“My babies aren’t hungry. They can play and live freely here, Jung said.”
“Some people talk about me, saying, ‘Why is that beggar-like middle-aged woman smiling all the time,’ but I just focus on feeding my babies. I’m happy and healthy..'”
Today in South Korea, 1 in 5 households now keeps a cat or dog. We can only hope that the trend continues… but until that time Jung and her fur babies will doggedly soldier on.
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