Today is National Korean-American Day, and what better time to introduce the newest member to Pug Rescue of Korea, Jessica Jun! Born and raised in the US and of Korean ethnicity, Jessica moved to Korea in 2015.
As our Manager - Korean Operations, Jessica maintains a host of responsibilities, including a recent successful Holiday Bazaar online fundraiser, where she single-handedly raised over $1000!
Outside of this, Jessica also:
- Liaises between Korean pug parents/supporters and PRK. There's a very supportive group of pug owners in Korea that she contacts when Kim needs help and when we need temporary foster homes.
- Leads PRK merch that is made in Korea (masks, magnets, blankets)
- Supports Kim in tracking pugs’ vet visits and health checks
- Promotes PRK to Koreans
- Translates all PRK documents from English to Korean
How did you get involved with PRK?
It seems that volunteers with animal rescue organizations have some type of 'aha' moment that gets them involved. For me, my aha moment was when I rescued my second pug Bella in the summer of 2017 outside of Seoul. That summer was especially cruel because it was extremely hot and over 30,000 dogs were being abandoned throughout the country. I didn't have much knowledge about rescue animals or had even considered adopting one until I came across Bella's picture and called to inquire about this tiny pug that was to be euthanized soon due to lack of space at this high-kill shelter. Bella has been such a joy. She makes us laugh and is a playful companion to Rug, our pug-bulldog mix. We knew instantly that she was family. Then I realized there are more people in need of their own Bella and too many dogs like Bella looking for forever families. I then learned about PRK and reached out to help. Bella opened up my heart in such a way that made me want to help other abandoned or relinquished pugs find their forever families so people can feel what she makes me feel every single day!
Tell us about your pugs
Rug is a 9-year-old pug-English Bulldog mix, who moved from Virginia to Korea with my boyfriend Doug in 2015. (Doug and I had mutual friends, but we started dating because I was always dogsitting Rug!) Rug... is not interested in anything, well, except maybe for walks and eating meat. He doesn't like to eat the same kibble for more than 3 weeks because he's so high maintenance. He will also turn his nose or spit out inadequate treats like fruits and vegetables. I must hold onto my job so that I can bring food to... his bowl!
Bell is presumptively 3 years old. She was left in front of the fire station by her previous owner. Bella loves toys, especially rubber balls so they are all over the house. Feisty, she puts other foster pugs in their places, but she's mostly a sweet snugglebug that loves to cuddle with Rug and her Dad.
We cannot imagine our lives without our two pugs. They have both been great with all of our fosters and we are so proud of them!
Jessica led our black pug mask fundraiser and our future blanket fundraiser
(blue pug blanket in right picture)!
What do you like about working with PRK?
Saving animals, especially across the globe, takes teamwork. I really enjoy working with PRK because we have a great team of volunteers as well as rescue organizations and independent rescuers that we work closely with. It's important not only to share information, but to step in and help each other whenever we can. I like that we don't compete with other organizations, but rather work together to achieve our primary goal, which is to help the animals in need.