December 10, 2014
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