Worldwide, dogs are abandoned or given up for adoption every day. In Korea, the number of abandoned dogs vary anywhere from 100,000 to 600,000 a year because people mindlessly buy dogs and realize they don't have the means to take care of them as they grow older.
Most abandoned dogs either live on the streets, are taken to shelters, or are euthanized because the large demand for dogs has led to overbreeding. In response, there are growing numbers of people that are advocating for dog adoption from shelters instead of buying them.
Here are some Korean celebrities that advocate for adopting.
The rapper is a huge advocate for adopting not shopping since he welcomed an abandoned dog into his home in December 2018. The dog was originally named Happy was abandoned in a loft and was rescued where LOCO adopted him
In an Instagram post, LOCO captioned "Happy was abandoned in a room but they are now part of our family with a new name, Latte. Latte will grow up in my mother's home. Adopt don't shop."
2) N'UEST's Aron
On Instagram, Aron shared that he adopted two dogs named Noah and Kkotsooni that were abandoned in a parking lot.
3) Mad Clown
Mad Clown has been applauded for welcoming not one but FIVE dogs into his family. He found one wandering the streets of Dongdaemun that he named Daemun, he saved one from a cosmetics company and named it Daegil, he saved one from an abusive owner named Daebok, one that lost its eye named Daepyeong, and his last pup from the streets named Minong.
4) WINNER's Kang Seung Yoon
In December 2017, Seung Yoon announced he adopted a dog named Thor from a puppy mill. He talked about the adoption during a V Live where he said it's not good to buy dogs at pet shops and was worried about being a responsible owner. But since bringing home Thor, he felt much more responsible.
5) Lee Hyori
Lee Hyori is one of South Korea's biggest animal advocate. Along with her husband, Hyori lives with Sooshim, Mocha, Seoksam, and Samshik in their home on Jeju Island.
HyunA donated all proceeds from a photo shoot she did with a dog adoption project Uldongi. HyunA herself is adopting and raising abandoned dogs and encourages everyone else to do the same.