Education Campaign

The goals of which are the following:

  • Elevate the status of dogs and cats as companion animals in Korea, with special attention to mixed breeds.
  • Decrease the demand for dog and cat meat by both exposing animal abuse to people and encouraging a compassion in them for animals.
  • Educate Koreans to adopt dogs and cats from shelters rather than purchase from pet stores and breeders.
  • Educate the public about the benefits of spay/neuter, as well as Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR) treatment for feral cats.
  • Provide behavioral information to help pet owners cope with behavior problems and reduce relinquishment to shelters.
  • Raise awareness about cruelty of the dog/cat meat trade.

In 2010, IAKA/KAPES will come one step closer to reaching these goals with its new Adoption and Education Center. Located in Seoul, South Korea, the center will provide a comfortable, clean and safe environment in which to learn about pet care, spay and neuter, pet behavior and the cruelty linked to the dog and cat meat trade. Aside from the immediate goal of connecting revived strays with caring and prepared households, the center will strive to elevate the status of dogs and cats to companion animals and decrease the demand for dog and cat meat.