Dogs rescued from South Korean meat market adjusting to their new lives in the Treasure Valley

Posted at 7:19 PM, Oct 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-29 21:19:32-04

Two-year-old Joon is living life like a puppy after getting a second chance. The Shiba Inu mix was born in a backyard breeding operation in South Korea living in filth on a short chain and was destined for a butcher's block until he was saved.  

"I think it's very sad but I'm just glad that didn't happen to Joon and the other dogs that came here, I'm glad they were given a second chance," said Joon's foster parent Madison Sargent.

Joon and 11 other dogs were rescued by the International Humane Society and brought to the Idaho Humane Society. Now, Madison and her family are fostering him. It hasn't been easy, at first Joon was scared of just about everything. Joon's foster family and new best friends Ginger and Montana are teaching him how to play and not to fear humans.

"The first couple weeks we had him it was really hard because even he was afraid of us," explained Madison. 

"He's getting better he's still a little jittery you know with people coming over and that kind of stuff. He sniffs for a while and kind of keeps his distance," said Madison's mom Laurie. 

Joon now loves to play and go on walks and is living up to his name, Joon means handsome in Korean. Joon has also found his forever home, Madison and her family plan to adopt him. They are now planning to foster other dogs in the future. 

"It's been really life-changing and awesome for us to have Joon here," said Madison.

A spokeswoman for the Idaho Humane Society says four of the dogs from Korea have been officially adopted and others, like Joon, are in foster homes with families who intend to adopt. There is one that is still at the shelter, and they will be seeking an adopter for him soon.