We would like to send our heartfelt condolences to Chris and Joshua on the loss of their beloved pug. On July 9, 2021, after a long battle with cancer (small cell lymphoma in the intestines), Ziggy passed away peacefully and joined Mr. Pnut over the rainbow bridge. Ziggy was adopted in 2014 and is survived by her humans Chris and Joshua, along with their three pugs Genova, Gizmo, and Hyesook (aka Pumpkin).

Gizmo in Korea

In Kim’s words:

“Ziggy was rescued in July 2013 at 2 years old. She was at the official stray shelter in southern province of Korea.

She is suspicious dumped by someone (owner? I am no sure). A lady who helped to get her out of the shelter said she expressed her anger when she was out from the shelter. Maybe she did not like the situation of the shelter :) At that time, I did not feel free to drive on highway, so I asked that lady to help.

The right that day she was rescued I got her. I was with her around a week in my room. She was bossy and playful.

During the weekend I visited my mom and she said, “leave her at my house.”

She was so loved by mom and dad.

Mom walked her every day and wanted to give her good experiences.

Having time at the park with flowers.

Many people said her 'how pretty!'

Yes she was so bossy at mom's house also.

In December 2013 she flew to the US and was adopted by Chris and Joshua in 2014.

Sending our thoughts and prayers. - Pug Rescue of Korea 🙏

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We are so excited that Kayla has joined the Pug Rescue of Korea team 🤩.

As a nonprofit rescue group with operations in two countries, we face different challenges than other groups-- such as the obstacles that come with shipping live animals across the globe.

Based in South Korea, Kayla will be assisting and spearheading various projects—a current one is establishing us as an official private organization with the US military to host events and fundraisers on post. She’s also handling tasks like shuttling our dogs to/from foster homes and the vet, corralling supplies, and fundraising.

Kayla brings balance and levity to our team as well as experience in managing databases, writing, and communications.

Reminder: All of us are volunteers. That means Pug Rescue of Korea pays out ZERO dollars in salaries, and your donations go to saving pugs 🤗.

Kayla also fosters for us—and was also a foster fail after adopting Bingy from us last year.

More on Kayla below, as well as our interview:

With a BA in English from Arcadia University, Kayla has worked in various fields, including Make a Wish, public libraries, and office administration. A fan of world travel, she is currently living in South Korea for several years and dedicating any free time to fostering, assisting, and writing for PRK. Kayla enjoys hikes with foster fail PRK alum Bingy, playing roller derby, and running too many D&D games. She has volunteered for animal rescues since she was 14 and loves having a house full of animals.

Where are you originally from?

We've both moved around most of our lives, but I'm from the Virginia Beach area, and my husband is West Virginia-born.

Galbi and Gimbop, August 2020

How did you get involved with Pug Rescue of Korea?

I saw a post from your previous foster coordinator, Mel Mort, on the local pages looking for fosterers. I think it was Galbi & Gimbap. After that, I looked into PRK and saw that you were an established non-profit with a wonderful history. By that, I mean I definitely creeped through pages and pages of pug pictures.

Being able to help animals in any small way is worth it for me.

What inspired you to want to foster?

I've worked with animal shelters since I was young. We knew we would be overseas here for a while, and I wanted to foster since I missed being around dogs like crazy (we'd both been in no-animal apartments for a while).

Ohmygah, gimme dat -- Bingy

Do you have any pets of your own?

Currently, our foster fail, Bingy. I've had a beagle, a corgi/Boston Terrier mix, and all manner of little creatures. We hadn't intended on keeping any permanently because of the shipping worries, but we couldn't give her up. And by that I mean my husband fell in love and bullied me for months 😉.

3.5-year-old Dozer

What dogs have you fostered for PRK?

Just Bingy and Dozer so far! We plan on continuing to foster until we leave for the States. Both because I love fostering -- and so Bingy doesn't get only child syndrome, haha!

Note: Dozer will be available for adoption in November after surgery to repair his luxating patellas. Props to Kayla for bringing down his weight so he can be ready for surgery!

What do you like about fostering?

Being able to help animals in any small way is worth it for me. The best part is a few weeks (or months) in when you can see their personality emerge. Most dogs will be on extreme ends of one mood (hyper, depressed, etc) when they first get rescued, and to see their "actual" personality emerge is amazing. Bingy didn't make a peep for months, and hearing the first bark when she was playing was so startling and hilarious!

Bingy was a puppy mill rescue.

The last two pictures are of her malnourished body nursing her pups in the mill

Tell us about any funny/fond foster experiences.

Bingy was spayed last summer, and we were warned to keep her as still as possible -- she probably wouldn't want to do anything anyway. The following day, she was trying to parkour up the stairs, off the couch, on the bed—mostly just bouncing her radar cone off everything. We had to turn the couch around to face the wall to keep her from jumping!

Dozer and Bingy

What would you tell someone who is considering being a foster parent?

If you're not sure about adopting a dog permanently or don't know what kind of dog is a good fit for you, I highly recommend fostering. Not only are you helping save a dog’s life, but you're able to test out how a dog might fit in your home. Just be prepared to be patient. Foster animals can go through wild mood swings, and even the most well-behaved dog can be highly stressed and act out at first. Patience, persistence, and a consistent schedule!

Anything else you'd like to share?

Even if you can't rescue or foster or donate, please spread awareness in your social circles of how important rescuing is. Even if you're not in a place to help personally, you can turn other people to volunteering or rescuing instead of purchasing dogs. Working as a volunteer for so long can make you lose faith, but there are just as many folks out there saving and loving these dogs!

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This feature spotlights our dedicated fosterers and their contributions to Pug Rescue of Korea. Because of their generosity of heart and time, we would not be able to rescue as many pugs as we have. For this, we give a big pug snort-snort of thanks!

Emily with her first foster, Troye (adopted Sep 2020)

Today, we’re talking with foster mom Emily Ebrect, who is originally from Missouri.

What brought you to Korea?

I came to Korea when I received the opportunity to teach at an international school.

How did you get involved with Pug Rescue of Korea?

A fellow teacher at my school shared a PRK post about a need for fosters for 10 pugs! It took me a while to consider whether or not I could honestly help with my teaching schedule, but the post tugged at my heartstrings and the rest is history!

What inspired you to want to foster?

With being home more often due to the pandemic, I was missing my dog back home. I knew I couldn't have a dog long term because of what my schedule would be like post-pandemic, so fostering was a perfect fit to have pets in my life again while helping pugs in need.

I had never had a pug before, and I had no clue that they loved being around people so much! I'm now a pug lover for life!

Do you have any pets of your own?

I have a Dachshund/Schnauzer mix named JJ back in Missouri that my mom is taking care of. I miss him and can't wait to be able to travel safely back to the States to visit!

Karev (now named Hank), 2yo and adopted Mar 2021

What dogs have you fostered for us?

Troye and Karev (now named Hank)

What do you like about fostering?

I love seeing the transformation of the dogs as they spend time with you. Both Troye and Karev were quite timid when they first arrived, but as time passed and they realized that they were safe and loved, it was amazing to see their personalities emerge!

Karev (now named Hank)

Tell us about any fond foster experiences.

Karev could be very energetic and playful, but he wasn't always sure what was a toy. Some of his chewing explorations included the corner of the table, laptop, and my hair! Luckily, he very quickly discovered these things weren't chewable toys...except my hair!! Pulling my hair back became a must during play time!

Troye crashes workouts (far left)

What would you tell someone who is considering being a foster parent?

Fostering can be tough. You don't know what to expect with each dog, and they have their own personalities, so you have to be patient and flexible. It is totally worth it though! Also, be prepared for cuddles! I had never had a pug before, and I had no clue that they loved being around people so much! I'm now a pug lover for life!

Not only does everyone at PRK love pugs, but they have a great appreciation for those who foster, adopt, and help in whatever ways they can. It has made fostering such a great experience, so thank you!

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