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Simple steps for finding and adopting a pet

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Abandoned animals are available for adoption at 384 nationwide locations supported by the Animal Protection Management System and the Korean Society for Animal Freedom.

To adopt a pet through the Animal Protection Management System, call the animal protection hot line (1577-0954) to locate the nearest animal shelter and set up an appointment. Visit your local animal shelter on the appointed day to fill out an application form and be evaluated for eligibility. Adopting a pet is free but neutering costs are not included.

To adopt through the Korean Society for Animal Freedom, visit their Web site at www.animals.or.kr and submit an application form. Within two to five days of submitting the form, the applicant should expect a call from the appropriate animal shelter, and within seven to 10 days, the applicant will be evaluated for adoption eligibility. The adoption fee is 70,000 won ($64), which includes neutering costs and other medical expenses. Information about pets available for adoption is updated on the Web site daily.

Certain cities such as Busan, Incheon and Seongnam, require a pet to be registered on the same day of adoption. Registration is done by planting a microchip, containing essential data about the animal, in the back of the animal’s ear. Registration is free for adopted pets.

If you find a lost or abandoned animal, call the animal protection hot line (1577-0954) or the Korea Animal Rescue and Management Association at (031) 867-9119. The direct line for the Animal Rescue Team in Seoul is (02) 6321-4069.

Pictures of pets that have been rescued by animal shelters are updated regularly on the Web sites of the Animal Protection Management System (www.animal.go.kr), Korea Animal Rescue and Management Association (www.karma.co.kr) and the Korean Society for Animal Freedom (www.animals.or.kr).


By Robert Holley [estyle@joongang.co.kr]

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