When I decided to teach English in Korea, I knew that it would be hard to leave my friends and family. But I also knew that with Skype, Facebook, Twitter, and email it would be very easy to keep in contact with everyone. What I didn’t realize, however, is just how much I would miss being around animals. Having had a dog my whole life, living in Korea is the first time I find myself pet-less. Which is why, when one of the other English teachers at my school told me about the dog shelter in my neighbourhood, I had to check it out.
It turns out that the dog shelter (which is only four stops away on the metro) Is a Korean Animal Protection Society shelter or K.A.P.S. shelter.
This is the dog I chose to walk for the day, such a cute, but nervous thing.
I went to the shelter last weekend and found an amazing dog, who was only a couple of months old. Another English teacher decided to take the black dog (pictured below) out on our walk. The process of walking the dogs was an easy one. We handed over our ARC cards and left a contact number and away we went. We walked over to Duryu Park and the dogs seemed to love it, as did we. Having been away from my own dog for almost 5 months, it was great being around animals.
This black dog was so cute, but she was not in the best health.
It was difficult picking only one dog to walk, as there were many. From puppies to small, medium and LARGE - they had so many dogs. To choose only one was hard, but the shelter runs a regular event where people come and walk all of their dogs, which I think is amazing. K.A.P.S. Daegu branch (where I live) has a Facebook Page where people can find out when / where the volunteer dog walking is happening. I would recommend this for any English teachers out here who are animal lovers, as these dogs need exercise and attention! When the other English teacher went back this week, the little black dog was not there - She had been adopted!
This is the outside of the shelter, for anyone looking for it - listen for the barking dogs!
Too many dogs to walk!
If you love animals, or would like to help out with the Korean Animal Protection Society, while teaching English here in Korea, please visit their website or their Facebook page. If I had enough space at my apartment for a pet I would gladly adopt this dog. He was so cute and he was just a pup. It was not easy bringing him back to the shelter. When we took him out at first, he was so nervous; however, his confidence seemed to grow as we walked around. His little face looked so sad when I put him back into the cage. He has not been adopted yet, so I will walk him again this weekend.
Even though I still miss my dog, it was really nice being able to walk this one.
John May grew up in Dublin, Ireland where he is from & went to Trinity College – one of Irelands best known universities. He graduated from here in November 2012 with a B.A. (Mod) in Geography & Sociology. John has always had a passion for travelling and having been to most of Europe, he decided to explore Asia after Uni. He has always wanted to teach and thought what better way to travel than teaching English on the way. John is currently teaching English for CDI in Daegu, South Korea a position he found through Aclipse; John felt nervous before his departure, but now that he is in Korea he loves every minute of it. For more information follow his blog.