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Adopting A Dog in Korea: Follow These 5 Tips

A dog is a man’s best friend. Dog lovers, all around the world, continuously look for a furry partner to adopt. If you are a foreigner residing in South Korea and want to adopt a dog, there are a few things you might have to look into. Continue reading and find out a few useful tips, that you should follow, in the process of dog adopting.

Selecting The Perfect Place For Adopting A Dog

There are many ways to adopt a dog in South Korea.

Adopting A Dog Through Pet shops

There are various pet shops in different parts of South Korea. They are the safest way to adopt a pet. You will get guarantees, registrations, and health certificates when adopting a dog. But sometimes these pet shops use unhealthy feeds and illegal breeding practices. So, you should be careful about where you are adopting from. Make sure of adopting from places with good reviews, and majority adoptions, instead of going to just any neighborhood pet shop.

You can check the complete list of registered pet shops at South Korea’s Animal Protection System.

Adopting A Dog Through Animal Shelters

The most heartwarming way to adopt a dog is by rescuing it from an animal shelter. Korea has various animal shelters where you can adopt dogs. Volunteers from the military run most of these rescue shelters. Furthermore, a lot of Facebook groups also guide group members in adopting dogs through animal shelters. 

You can check the complete list of dogs in animal shelters around South Korea through an app ‘Paw in Hand.’

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Adopting A Dog Through Online Platforms

Many people use social media sites, online adoption centers, and other websites for giving away dogs for adoption. This process is doubtful and has a higher chance of scam. Most of the sellers are not registered. Therefore, adopt through this way only if you are 100 percent sure about the seller. 

Learn more about dog adoption in Korea here.

Finding Good Dog Hospitals

The most important thing you must keep in mind is to find good vets around your house. There are many dog hospitals in South Korea. You can just visit the nearest one, or search for a better animal hospital, somewhere else. Make sure to get your adopted dog vaccinated, and get a general checkup every month. You can easily avail these medical services in an affordable budget of 75,000 to 150,000 won. You must also get your dog microchipped by a vet. It is almost compulsory in South Korea, especially in Seoul. It can also be done in low fees of 30,000 won, although prices may differ.

Finding Dog Stuff And Salons

There are pet supply stores all over South Korea. Especially, in areas where the majority of the households have pets. You can easily buy dog stuff like dog food, dog treats, dog toys, dog furniture, dog collars and leashes, dog clothes, etc. You can also buy these things through online platforms. Coupang is a good name in selling pet stuff and is reliable and affordable. You can purchase your necessary stuff from there.

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Areas with many pets usually have pet groomers or dog salons. You can easily find one nearby, by searching enough. Remember, you should take your dog to pet salons whenever you can. Their hair needs to be trimmed. They would be taken care of, groomed, and cleaned at a reasonable price. You can also find good groomers through Instagram or Naver. 

Make Arrangements For Your Dog

You need to make certain arrangements before adopting a dog, to make your life easier.

  • Firstly, make sure your house or apartment is pet-friendly. If it isn’t, get one. Get into contact with a realtor to search for a pet-friendly home. These wouldn’t be too difficult, as adopting pets is getting more popular in South Korea.
  • Secondly, find a nearby dog daycare, if you study or work during the day. Make arrangements at that daycare, and leave your dog there. By doing this, they can be in a safe and loving environment when you aren’t there to take care of them.
  • Lastly, you must be aware that dogs love walking. Arrange a professional dog-walker if you are too busy to take your dog out on exercise. You can easily hire dog-walkers from apps like Miso and Dogmate.

Know All The Legal Issues

Adopting a pet comes with many legal problems. Take care of these, initially, so that future issues can be avoided.

  • Make sure that the adoption agency provides you with an adoption contract or a warranty.
  • If you live in an apartment, check with your building owner, before adopting a dog. There might be certain rules against keeping a pet there. 
  • Keep your violent dogs at the leash. If they attack someone, you would be fined heavily. Moreover, You can also go to jail, in case of serious injuries.

Now that you have known all the necessary tips, go forward, and adopt a furry, fuzzy friend to make your life better.