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$10,000 for Korean Animal Shelters

December 10, 2014

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Okay, we are super duper crazy excited about this guise. Recently, we got $10,000 to spend on food, dog supplies, and medicine for local Korean Animal Shelters. Let us tell you a bit more about how this all happened:

YouTube FanFest was back in September 26th. You might have noticed that we didn’t put up any videos that week, and that’s because we were working on making this happen, and we’re happy beyond belief that shelter animals could get some of the much needed help they deserve. So back during the week of FanFest, we approached Coca Cola and their Open Happiness campaign with the idea of giving back to the animal rescue community, and in the end, Coca Cola agreed. And I mean, come on: Coca Cola have “Open Happniess,” and we have “Open the Happy.” Something was bound to happen sooner or later.

Our friends David Choi (yes, that singer and songwriter) and Liah Yoo (local Korean makeup blogger) who are both dog owners and said they wanted to help out as well, so the next day we all got up early, took our list of needed supplies to the pet store, bought everything, loaded up the van, and drove over to an animal shelter in Incheon. Our supplies included healthy dog food, cat food, medical pet shampoo, leashes, harnesses, jumbo collars for the big dogs, heart worm medicine, flea and tick medicine, and probiotics.

It was all caught on camera, but when we arrived we pretended to just bring a few things and the lady that ran the shelter was really grateful, but then we unloaded the rest of the truck and then she was really surprised, especially with the medical supplies which are expensive and sorely needed. We then spent a couple hours learning how to properly feed all the dogs, since it’s not as easy as just feeding them because they fight over food if you’re not careful. We also cleaned all the dishes carefully, and then we played with and pet as many doggies as possible. All in all it was an awesome day that I wish we could repeat everyday. Hey millionaires, billionaires, and philanthropists: looking to spend some of your monies??? We’ve got dogs and cats that would graciously accept it!

This project was really amazing and heartwarming for us because, for those of you who don’t know, an animal shelter near Daejeon rescued Spudgy many years back after he was abandoned after being in a car accident. If it wasn’t for them rescuing him we wouldn’t have the stinky loveable goofy puffball who is an irreplaceable part of our lives today. When we first saw him, Spudgy was in an ocean of many little dogs jumping and barking to get our attention in the kitchen. I scooped him up into my arms because he was quietly staring at me from behind my heels with big eyes and a little shaky body. After adopting Spudgy, we took him to a vet in Hongdae, called Mari Animal Hospital, which was working with the shelter to give a discount to those that adopted instead of bought.

The owner of Spudgy’s shelter received $30 for him, which is really such a tiny amount, considering that she was paying out of her own pocket to save these animals from kill shelters, and she was only able to keep the shelter going via small donations. Some animals loving foreigners have organized Facebook pages to head up every weekend to feed, walk, and of course love the animals at various shelters. But some of the organizations are more passionate than others by organizing events to raise money for the shelters via bake sales or printed animal shelter calendars. Sometimes I see them on the street raising awareness through adoption drives, and I’ve even seen them selling shots of jello vodka to people on hot summer nights to raise money. If you’re gonna get drunk, you might as well do so for a cause, right?

Back to the point of the video, in the spirit of full transparency, here are all of our receipts for all the supplies we bought:

You might notice that 4.4 million won isn’t $10,000. Where’d the rest go? For part 2 of our project, we went to May Animal Hospital in Hannam Dong, close to Itaewon. Dr Kwon, who runs the place, is a lovely man, and he’s who we originally saw when we first adopted Spudgy. He’s opened a second vet now, although we still go to Mari for Spudgy’s eye doctor, Dr Choi, as well! Dr Kwon has operated on Spudgy a couple of times, and has definitely kept our little ugly monster alive longer than he was expected to live. He also recently saved Meemers’ life, as Meemers had a blocked pee-pee tube (what’s that part called) from some crystallization or something that almost took our saggy-bellied ear nibbler away from us. Now he’s on special cat food 4lyfe! Oh Meemers, we love you too. We owe Dr Kwon a lot, and so we knew he was who we wanted to go for the next steps.

With the rest of the budget, we bought that box of medicine that you saw in the part of the video that we shot in the studio. Here’s a picture of the medicine we bought, and a final breakdown of all the costs as well:

So there you go! We’ve been taking a while on this video and in doing research to find out what shelters we should mail the medicine to, and we’ve decided that we’re shipping it to the following shelters after doing tons of research:

Anseon Animal Shleter 경기도 안성시 미양면 양변리 240-7
AKCA Incheon 인천 남동구 구월동 644-1 미추홀도서관앞
Busan Abandoned Pet Sanctuary (BAPS)
Jeju Ugidongmul Shelter 제주유기동물보호 Ugidongmul Shelter, Ara-dong, Jeju-si

Dr Kwon recommended sending the medicine to shelters that have a quarantine zone for their new and sick animals. Otherwise, the animals take the medicine only to get sick again after a new animal is added. We want the medicine to count. If you happen to work at an animal shelter in Korea, please contact us if you your shelter has a quarantine zone and you want us to send you some medicine! We’ll wait for the end of the week before sending it all out :D

Otherwise, Animal Rescue Korea appreciate volunteer efforts, but check if you have to call ahead or email one of the other organizers. They always need food and medical shampoo, in the winter they need blankets and protection from mother nature in the summer, they need dog & cat bowls. Dog toys, dog chews, cat toys, and other ways for these animals to pass the time is also needed as well.

Lastly, ultra special thank you to Coca Cola again for agreeing to take part in this. The animals here really need it. And, what do you know: one of them might be the next Spudgy, with their very own clothing line and face on cars as well :D

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  1. I live in Sweden !!!!:)

    4 years ago
  2. Hey, I know Frontline! We’re using it on our cat Whisky, against flees. My old companion didn’t go through a shelter but he was adopted from the streets at 3 months old. I don’t know what my life would be like without him.
    Animal shelters do an amazing job giving these guys a chance at having a family again!

    4 years ago
  3. Hello Simon, Martina and EYK family,

    I just wanted to bring this horrible event that happened on the 19th to your attention. I myself have just read all about it on facebook today (please see links below.) Apparently , there was a gas explosion at an animal shelter in Daegu on the 19th, which killed some 50 plus dogs and cats, as well as left people homeless. Is there anyway you, along with the whole of EYK friends and contacts can help. You’ve always been so lovely, generous and worked hard to help in the past. Perhaps there anyway you can share this/bring this attention with other animal shelters so the remaining (but injured,) animals can survive the winter? Thanks so much for your kindness and consideration.

    Fan Imnida,
    Jennelyn
    (Culver City)

    https://www.facebook.com/events/866050770082225/
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152431200591237&set=gm.866050910082211&type=1

    4 years ago
  4. This video had me in tears all the way through. Doing what you can to take care of animals that don’t know why they’re in the circumstances they’re in is very close to my heart. It seems like the pet situation in SK isn’t that great, with a lot of people seeming to buy breeds for the almost ‘brand name’ factor they can give. I’m really happy you guys were able to do this. Thanks to coca cola for the donation!

    4 years ago
  5. This is so wonderful! It is one thing to donate food and toys, and another to donate MUCH needed medicine! A lot of people don’t know how important it is to keep your animals flea free! I (my 3 kitties) learned the hard way! Worms and all! Ewww!

    4 years ago
  6. Thank you EYK for being awesome and wonderful people!

    4 years ago
  7. Thank you so much for your efforts on behalf of Korea’s animal shelters! There is a bit of a crisis in one of Korea’s city animal shelters in Ulsan right now – they are downsizing at the end of the year from a shelter housing 500 to one housing only 100 animals. The city was looking at euthanizing the additional animals. You can learn more about it here:
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/empathy.for.life/permalink/387815481369096/

    Empathy for Life (EFL) shelter in Ilsan (a no-kills shelter) is trying to help by finding fosters and adopters for as many of the animals as is safe and responsible, in order to give these animals a chance. We only have 15 more days. About 5 volunteers are working 24/7 online to coordinate this effort. If you’d like to foster or adopt PLEASE check out the facebook page for Empathy for Life shelter. If you are not ready for an animal in your life, you can still help by being matched as a sponsor with a potential fosterer who may need help with initial vetting costs (sponsoring is a one-time support contribution that you arrange and make directly with the fosterer, it does not involve the shelter or anyone else so you know where your money is going and get receipts for costs. Adopters are not eligible for financial support.)

    Adopt don’t Shop!

    4 years ago
  8. Wow, this is amazing and so very special!! I’m so happy to be a fan of people who really know how to give back like you guys. My cat came from a pet shop who sourced their kittens from shelters too, and she has given my life so much more light than I ever knew there could be. Everyone with pets really knows so much more joy and it’s wonderful to see something where they are given better chances at new homes where more light will be added. <3 Thanks Coca Cola and EYK!!!

    4 years ago
  9. My beautiful kitty (as seen in adjacent picture) came from a shelter. When we went to pick her up, there were a bunch of other kids (I was still a kid then, too) looking into kennel with the litter of kittens and laughing. My kitten was known by the name of Clown in the shelter, and at that moment she was pushing her brothers out of the litter box while they were…uhh…doing their business :}

    Thank you for spreading the love :)

    4 years ago
  10. Four giant fluffy paws up for you! (I have flopped on my back to get my back legs up too!)

    4 years ago
  11. I just wanted to say that you two are so genuine and kindhearted. It really shines through in all you do with the platform that you have. We need more Simons and Martinas. <3

    4 years ago
  12. Thank you, EYK, for doing this and being so thoughtful in how you planned and carried it out. There is no wrong way to bring more kindness into the world!

    4 years ago
  13. It’s sweet what you guys did, and I understand the sentiment. However given the number of human disasters happening (war, hunger, education, poverty…) I would have preferred seeing the money go else where. I understand that sometimes trust is an issue when donating to some organizations, but there are so many options to do charity that is much more needed than animal shelters. Hopefully you are aware of that and have something in the works for it :)

    4 years ago
    • Well luckily for us who consider companion animals as equally worthy recipients–it wasn’t your money to give! There are tons of charities out there, and this one is every bit as worthy as any human-centric charity. Just because you don’t consider non-human lives to be on the same level doesn’t mean everyone else does.

      4 years ago
    • War, hunger, education, poverty, etc. Of course, all these are real problems and need to be taken care of step by step.
      I bet that as one of the biggest and most influential companies in the world, Coca Cola has numerous projects running that support researches and volunteer works for the problems mentioned above. Also, the educated and curious people they happen to be, I am pretty sure that Simon and Martina are more than aware that there’s an uncountable amount of humans for humans help needed everywhere.

      However, abandoned pets or repulsive livestock breeding are man-made problems, and thus man has to take responsibility for it and make changes or has to actively help.
      The moment we decided to domesticate animals was the moment we agreed to take care of them properly.
      So, I think it is just as right and great when someone (S&M in this case) decides to spend their time, energy and voice for animals that have to suffer because of humans lack of responsibility and/or from mistreatment.

      Lastly, EatYourKimchi just recently raised attention towards the problems single mothers face in S.Korea and where people can get informations on how to help.
      They also are involved in LINK (Liberty in North Korea).
      I don’t want to trod on your foot, but apart from it being absolutely their own decision what projects they introduce to sponsors, they are doing their very deed of awareness work and humanitarian help.

      So yeah, long story short, your claim is kind of unfair in my opinion.

      4 years ago
      • You put into words everything that went through my mind in much nicer terms. Go you! <3

        4 years ago
    • I can disagree with you there. If you’ve seen some of these shel

      4 years ago
      • I can disagree with you there. If you’ve seen some of these shelters first-hand, you would be ecstatic about where they’ve spent all this money. Koreans don’t help animals as much as Americans imo, and I think that this is extremely beneficial in helping to spread the word.
        War, hunger, education and poverty takes much more than two people and $10,000 to help.

        4 years ago
  14. Hi Martina & Simon,

    Don’t you think your actions are paradox. On one side you love animals and support shelters but on the other, you support the meat industry by eating animal flesh as well as promoting it in your videos. The sheltered animals are already secure, the real cruelty takes place in front of you every single day when millions of animals get killed to land on a plate.
    I suggest you guys to have a closer look at:

    http://www.earthlings.com
    http://www.forksoverknives.com
    http://www.cowspiracy.com

    and start making a real impact. You can reach thousands of people. Use it and change the world!

    4 years ago
    • No, I don’t think our actions are a paradox. I’m not sure what you’re trying to achieve by this comment, either. Would you rather we not have given $10,000 to animal shelters, then? Or are people not allowed to do something for the cause unless they’re fully dedicated to the greater cause?

      Other than that, it just seems like you’re trying to hijack this thread for your own causes, and doing it rather rudely. You could have said something along the lines of “this is a great start! I’m a vegan, and I hope that the care shown towards the animals here will also go towards the animals that people eat.” That would have been a bit more polite.

      Maybe try changing your tactic next time? You could have had a sympathizer for your cause, but by being rude, you’ve only built antipathy. Niceness wins, jerkiness doesn’t

      :D

      4 years ago
      • Attention, thats what’s needed! And to be honest guise, without a criticizing comment its difficult to reach influential people (like you) and make them react and maybe rethink. I like your dedication, you are good people and keep up the good work!

        4 years ago
    • Meat’s too tasty to give up. Korean meat dishes even more so. Look at my profile picture. Doesn’t he look happy? Meat makes people happy. Don’t you want people to be happy?

      4 years ago
  15. Oh what a great vid of giving before Christmas – Awesome job guys. I’m a long time member of the RSPCA in Australia and your video brought tears to my eyes – thank you so much. We need more kind souls in the world that want to care for our furry companions.
    I’m a big cat lover – Hi Meemers =^..^=
    Do they have cat shelters in Korea or only dog shelters?
    Keep up the good work and Merry Christmas from Down Under :-P

    4 years ago
  16. This is really sweet you guys. makes me love you more <3

    4 years ago
  17. You are so kind and generous! It really cheers me up to see you guys do stuff like this. It’s why I admire everyone at EYK so much and you truly are my role models. Thank you!

    4 years ago
  18. This brought tears to my eyes because i have seen what these dogs go through.I myself volunteer with rescue dogs and puppies in Calgary Alberta. and I am trying to set up a way with our sister city DeaJeon and thier shelters to see if we can help relieve the load of the dogs there and bring them here for more opportunities and such.

    4 years ago
  19. We adopted our pup (“Maegi,” cutest dog in all the land) from the Daegu KAPS shelter. It may have recently closed. But we wouldn’t have even been able to adopt her if it weren’t for the actions of people, both foreign and Korean, who took her in, cared for her, fed her, and fostered her. We are grateful for these anonymous peoples’ pup-saving actions, and I think your help will end up being the mysterious saviors for other future potential adopters (and furry adoptees) down the line. Good work, gyus!

    4 years ago
  20. Wow guys thanks for doing this! I follow several Korean cat instagram accounts which rescue cats and adopt them out. In the short time I’ve been on Instagram, I’ve already seen numerous adoptions which was so heartwarming to see. There are so many stray cats, 길냥이, in Korea. Korean IGers post pictures of so many stray cats from their neighborhoods. These 고양이집사 IGers actually carry cat food with them at all time and feed cats they encounter while out and about. Just wish these animals all had a loving home..ㅠㅠ. Anywhoo, kudos to EYK!!

    4 years ago
  21. Ahhh, the feels. This was such a lovely, sweet video. I really wish more people would make videos like this. Not a video that is telling you about a problem and asking you to help, but a video that shows people what donations can accomplish. I have given donations to many charities & organizations, but I never know where my money is going or if it is really helping. However, watching you guys’ video actually made me want to donate more because I could see the difference it is making. So thanks so much for sharing and being the amazing people that you are!

    4 years ago
    • That’s a great way of putting it. Thank you. We had some issues yesterday when we were writing the blog post for this, because we started with talking about how difficult it is for the shelters, but then we cut most of it out. We wanted people to feel happy with this video, with what could be done, rather than sad at how bad the situation is.

      4 years ago
      • That is a good point. I’m sure it is difficult to balance the happy reality with the sad reality. But I just know that when I watch the news and other programs, I usually walk away feeling really sad and depressed. It seem very rare that they feature purely happy stories. So I totally enjoyed watching this video (and all of your videos for that matter), but I do understand that it is important to address both sides.

        4 years ago
      • Just thought I would let you know, that the animal rescue website that you linked is now non-operational, it will be ‘insert technical related word here’ for a little while longer so people can get information, but then it will disappear completely.

        Here is the new website with adoptable pets, animal shelter info and vet info.

        http://www.rescuekorea.org/

        4 years ago
  22. EYK, you guys are the BEST!! I got teary-eyed through the blog pot and was sniffling during the entire video. WTG, you guys!! And thank you to everyone who helped them!! Coca-Cola, I might just have to switch over from Diet Pepsi to Diet Coke for you!!

    4 years ago
  23. This is fantastic! You guys are legends and total inspirations :)

    4 years ago
  24. Omg, this made me cry ._____. thank you (and Coke-Cola) so much for doing this!!! I follow a few rescue groups and pounds on facebook so I know how much they could really use this. I wish people would adopt these dogs and rescues instead of buying them!

    4 years ago
  25. Oh mY God!!! I love this kind of things!!! Thanks for doing this in Korea,I´m from Peru and with my friends love to help animals everytime that we can, for example now in Dec we´re gonna help two shelters, one is a cat shelter of my our friend Graciela and later we´re gonna help a cat/dog/bunny/bird shelter. We always try to help our friend Graciela cat shelter and once she told me that a group of girls which belong to fan club went to the shelter and gave her donations and I asked which artist, she said a kpop artist called Kim Heechul ( so Peruvian Petals were very nice an colaborated with that lovely cause, thanks)… of course when she told me I was soooo excited and happy ^^.
    It´s really lovely what you do!! We´re all Nasties/Animal Lovers around the world!! yeaaaah baby!!.
    Btw I´m a little bit Fangurilla about TVXQ/JYJ and Super Junior so just imagine my reaction about Heechul fan club collaboration, it was like asdfghjkñl!!!!oh myyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!! hahahahhaha!!! or jajajajaja (in spanish) bye!!

    4 years ago
  26. The county I live in doesn’t have an animal shelter, which is sad, because it’s a huge place with lots of animals! The closest shelter of any kind is a Humane Society, and they’re about an hour away from where I live. The Humane Society is the worst place, ever. Every time I’ve ever been, it’s like they don’t care for the animals. They’re always in such tiny cages with absolutely nothing! They always have a disease and fleas, too.
    When I convinced my husband that a cat would be awesome for us (total cat person, right here!), we found that there’s a cat shelter in our county! It’s run by an older woman and volunteers. She bought a house and changed it into a cat home. Cats everywhere! Even outside on the property, she has mobile homes and big caged areas for cats to roam comfortably. We found our most amazing black cat, Sherlock, there. He and his sister were brought there after some adults saw kids throwing them around by their tails!!! Thankfully their tails were ok. And Sherlock is the most loving cat ever!
    This cat shelter is an amazing place! Besides what they get for the cats, it’s out of pocket and donations only. The owner has been able to find people to help her and give discounts, so she can get all the cats fixed, and if they have an issue, get medical help. The amazing part is how cheap the cats are. When you visit most shelters (humane society is horrible), a sick animal costs about 200+!! At the kitten shelter, she asks about 65 for kittens, and 50 for adults. I felt like I was cheating her when we bought Sherlock! You’re buying a healthy, spayed/neutered cat for so little.
    When we brought Sherlock home, a few days later we noticed his ears were dry and flakey. We contacted the shelter owner, seeking help, and she said to bring him back and she can help. She gave us free medicine. Sherlock also still needed a booster shot. She told us to bring him back and she’ll give him his last one for free. They have a bazaar every now and again, and we try to support whenever possible.
    Long post… Sorry. TL:DR- shelters can be amazing! And they can be horrible. I’m glad we found the most amazing one! Thank you guys for supporting the shelters over there! We’ll continue to do our best to support ours! *cough-http://www.kittenresq.net/-cough* Best kitten place ever! 8)

    4 years ago
  27. I respect you guys so much. Not only for the amazing cause that you are supporting, but also for the way you have approached this video. It wasn’t a guilt trip, like so many “donate to this cause” videos are, but more encouraging and loving. I can tell you really care about this cause, and that it came from the heart. Thank you for being so awesome, and making me tear up a little bit. (The puppies, kitties, and even the chickens thank you too!!)

    4 years ago
  28. It’s so sweet of you guys to do this! I volunteered at a shelter and college and it was always so much fun! The cats just wanted to be pet and the dogs just loved getting out and going for a walk! Now I work for a local pet store and it’s been such an amazing experience to learn about good nutrition and how to help others keep their pets healthy! The company did something similar for the holidays and donated tons of dog and cat food to local shelters! Plus we always have a donation cart for anyone that wants to donate. I’m so glad there are people like you to help out these shelters in need <3

    So glad Meemers is okay! Always scary with stuff like that :C Male cats are more likely to get UTI and related issues, lots of water helps keep urinary health nice and healthy and functioning well!

    4 years ago
  29. Meg

    You guys are seriously some of the most amazing people in the world. This is what fame and fortune should be used for, helping the less fortunate whether human or animal. All the dogs my family has ever had have come from shelters or rescues and I’ve loved everyone one of them so much. I’ve wanted to volunteer at a shelter for forever but I’m afraid that my heart just won’t be able to take it. I will want to take them all home with me and my heart breaks knowing that it’s impossible.

    I won’t say I’m totally against buying from breeders because all doggies are innocent and deserve love, but there’s such a surplus of unwanted and unloved dogs in the world, why spend thousands of dollars for when specifically made?

    You guys are doing so many awesome things and I love watching and supporting you for it! Keep being amazing!

    4 years ago
  30. This is just so so so heartwarming. <3 You did great job~
    Those little puppies look so cute and I feel empathy towards them. :'3

    4 years ago
  31. This is awesome you guys. Our pet friends deserve this. <3

    4 years ago
  32. When I was living in Korea I volunteered for the Asan animal shelter and it was one of the best experiences! Because apartments are so tiny in Korea I couldn’t adopt one myself but I did visit frequently and save all my left over meat scraps for the weekend. I think this is great that you are bringing light to this great cause as a lot of shelters are underfunded. For those that can’t adopt I recommend becoming a foster parent until a great home can be found.

    4 years ago
  33. Fantastic Elastic! <3 You guise are awesome. :) can't wait for the day I can adopt a shelter dog or kitty

    4 years ago
  34. I never thought about the issue of abandoned/rescued animals much until recently, when my friend rescued a 4 week old kitten off the street, unfortunately she lives in a student dorm and we had a hell of a time trying to secretly raise this kitten, hiding it in her room or mine until we could find someone to adopt it, we live in Shanghai and China has no animal protection laws and state run shelters like for example Germany (where I’m from), we definitely couldn’t keep it but fortunately we managed to find a foster family and could stop living in fear of being discovered, thrown out of our accommodation which is also our work place and getting our visas revoked…
    it’s a bit shocking how, not all but many, people here treat animals, it seems to be the expat community that starts private initiatives to rescue animals and get them adopted
    I’m not really an animal lover but I believe in respecting all living beings and I have a new-found respect for people who start and volunteer for this cause

    4 years ago
  35. Oh my! I cried a little. I’ll admit it! This is so wonderful! All my fur babies are rescues. Just another reason I love you guys! Great job!

    4 years ago
  36. That is just lovely and wonderful! I want to help shelters in Sweden as well, but there are no that I know of here in Sweden, darn….

    I HOPE THE PUPPIES IN THE VIDEO WILL BE HEALTHY FOREVER!

    On other notice: I’m going to Japan next summer… wanna join me on going to Jamboree SCOUTING IN JAPAN HELLA! 30 000 estimated people to be in the camp, let’s go!

    4 years ago
  37. Maybe it’s just the season, but does anyone else think Simon’s beard has reached Level:SANTA ?

    4 years ago
  38. These animals are gonna have a wonderful Christmas <3

    4 years ago
  39. Urethral Obstruction/FLUTD (feline lower urinary tract disease). My cat has the same issue and some years back after a trip to the emergency vet was placed special prescription food (side note: one of the options our vet gave us was to convert his male-bits into lady-bits to open up the urethra. He hasn’t had a problem since being on his food, but it would make for an interesting story to have a post-op cat). Thank you both so much for supporting local shelters and promoting pet adoptions!

    4 years ago
  40. This video made me smile. Thank you for being awesome human beings, you guys! :D

    4 years ago
    • Thank you for the support and for watching us! If you didn’t watch and didn’t care, this opportunity wouldn’t have happened :D

      4 years ago