• Melody Chalaban

Become a monthly giver!

Our needs are ongoing. We are a non-profit focused SOLELY on rescuing pugs (and the occasional Frenchie) and connecting them with their forever families. Pug Rescue of Korea is also 100% volunteer driven. That means none of us take a salary for our work with PRK, so you can rest assured that all your donations are going to the pugs. Also, we are a registered 501(c)(3) organization, which means your donations are tax deductible.

What you get by giving $10/month* minimum:

· Free pug print notebook by PRK adopter, Melissa Egan @melissaegan

· Rights to name our next rescued pug!

· Feature of your PRK pug in our newsletter and blog

· Membership to the PRK Pug Pal Program

· Future exclusive thank you gifts and perks!

So, whether your donation is $10 or $25—it’s possible to create a big impact for a small amount each month!

Here’s how to do it:

· Visit: https://www.pugrescueofkorea.org/

· Scroll down and click the blue “donate” button

· This will take you automatically to PayPal

· Enter the amount you’d like to donate each month, then click the “make this a monthly donation” box

Thank you to all our current Pug Pals!

*Eligible after 3 months of consecutive donations

Thank you from Potato (fka Dolly), adopted Jun 2019

  • Melody Chalaban

Yes, we still have our pugs and Frenchies stuck in Korea, waiting to fly to their forever homes in the US. Now there are 16 (a few have been adopted to US military families stationed in Korea-- thank you!).

As you know, our dogs have been in a holding pattern right now due to several airlines’ policy changes that now ban transportation of snub-nosed dogs. Korean Air Cargo (our main carrier) has not banned them but, as of Sep 1, they doubled airfare and cargo fees to $950 per dog!

The good news is that we may have found a more affordable airline that will fly snub-nosed dogs. We will know for certain in a couple weeks. But, we are cautious with our excitement as there’s a rumor that this airline will eventually double their fees or, worse yet, ban these dogs.

We are fearful that, one day, it will become cost-prohibitive for us to fly pugs to the US.

So, how will we pay for this?

One way is through grants, which we have just started applying for. Another way is through shameless asks of you, our supporters.


Our pugs (and Frenchies) in Korea are in high danger of euthanization. If we can't raise money, we won't be able to save many more dogs than the ones you see here. The others will end up suffering on the streets or with negligent owners, euthanized or, worse yet, as someone's dinner from a dog meat market 😨!

If you have friends and family or know of any foundations or benefactors, please spread the word to them! 🗣🙏🏼


  • Melody Chalaban

We get this question a lot.

Why Koreans give up their pug:

  1. Pug gets too big. Koreans prefer small dogs, under 10 lbs due to small apartments and neighbors not allowing it.

  2. They shed. Because pugs start shedding at 6 months of age, you’ll see many abandoned pugs under 1yo. When relaxing at home, Koreans lounge on the floor (rather than furniture) without their shoes on. Shedding dog hair gets in the way if you’re sitting on the floor.

  3. A new husband and/or his family will reject the pug. When a woman marries, brings her dog into the marriage and then has a baby, sometimes the husband or his family will force her give her dog away. It is not common in Korea to build a family with a “grandfathered-in” dog.

Wedgie (fka Apollo) was one of five very malnourished pugs dumped on a street and then sent to a high-kill shelter in May 2018. All 5 survived with the help of all our PRK supporters!

Owning pets is a relatively new phenomenon in Korea. Previously, animals had a very utilitarian purpose in people’s lives; they were workers or food. As the society industrialized and became wealthier, disposable income became the norm for a growing number of Koreans. And the pet industry entered a boom period.

When seeking a pug, people in Korea don’t research the breed before adopting. Because of this, they don’t know that, yes, pugs grow larger than 10lbs, they shed and they are generally energetic and active puppies.

Unwanted pugs have 4 paths available to them (none of which are good):

  1. Live chained up outdoors

  2. Puppy mills (female pugs)

  3. High-kill shelters (only 10 days before euthanizing)

  4. Dog meat restaurants. There are farms that supply these restaurants. There are also numerous specialty health food shops that tout the health benefits of consuming dog meat.

We aim to rescue these pugs before they end up at the high kill shelter, puppy mills or, worst of all, a dog meat market. By combing through online sales lists where owners are unloading their pugs, we intervene at the early stages of abandonment/surrender and, ultimately, find them their forever homes.

(Clockwise from top left) Wedgie's Gotcha Day at LAX one year ago; Wedgie happily greeting his mom, Carol; Wedgie and his human sister; Wedgie's 3rd birthday celebration with his family

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