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My Name Is Samshik
My Name Is Samshik
My Name Is Samshik
My Name Is Samshik
My Name Is Samshik
My Name Is Samshik
My Name Is Samshik
My Name Is Samshik

My Name Is Samshik



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Breed: Jindo Mix
Color: Tan/Yellow/Fawn - with Black
Age: 5 years old, Adult
Size: (when grown) Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
Weight: (current) 51 lbs
Sex: Male 

Location: Vancouver, BC

Neutered? Yes
Shots Up to Date? Yes
House-trained? N/A
Good with Dogs? Yes
Good with Cats? No
Good with Kids? Yes
Needs Experienced Adopter? Yes


I'm Being Cared for by:


Free Korean Dogs - Vancouver


Contact: EK Park

Address: Vancouver, BC V6B 0B9



My Story:

Samshik was one of the fourteen puppies rescued from a man who raised dogs to sell to the meat trade in Spring 2017. He was a small puppy at that time, and has been waiting to find his forever home ever since.

This handsome boy lives in the mountain regions of Korea, in a small and humble shelter run by a Buddhist nun who has saved and cares for many dogs rescued from the dog meat trade. Growing up in the shelter, Samshik is well socialized with other dogs; he is friendly and calm around them.

Although growing up in a rural environment means he wasn’t afforded many life experiences, Samshik is very smart and learns things quickly. He is always happy to see the shelter volunteers when they come by, and has recently been leash training, something he has taken very well to. He is not fearful of his harness and getting used to walking politely on a leash.

Samshik’s ideal home is one with experienced, patient, and understanding owners who will slowly introduce him to the world outside of the humble shelter he has known his whole life. Although he has a lot to learn about the outside world, we see a lot of potential in this beautiful boy and feel he would do great with a confident leader who will help him grow and thrive. Unfortunately, limited resources at his shelter mean his opportunities to blossom and learn about the world are also limited.

His ideal adopter would live in a calm, quiet, low activity house (no condo or apt, please) with a secure fenced yard in a quiet suburban or rural neighborhood. He would need an experienced person/people to allow him to settle in at his own pace while he embarks on his new journey out in the world, which we understand may be scary in some ways. Active humans who enjoy outdoors and hikes (where he would most likely feel the most at home once he has settled) would be beneficial, as would having another friendly and balanced dog to mirror, although not required.

Samshik has waited a long time for his forever home, and we know his family is out there. With a bit of patience and understanding, Samshik would make a wonderful companion.

Samshik is a 4 yr old jindo mix male. 51lbs.
Neutered, vaccinated, microchipped. Heartworms and Giardia tests done.

For more info, please follow the link below. Thank you.


Their Adoption Process 

  1. Submit Application
  2. Interview
  3. Home Check
  4. Approve Application
  5. Sign Adoption Contract
  6. Pay Fee
  7. Take the Pet Home 


Additional Adoption Info

Why should I adopt a rescue dog from Korea?

We believe compassion has no borders, and every life is worth saving regardless of where they are in the world. Approximately 2 million dogs are slaughtered for meat each year in Korea alone. While some dogs live luxurious lifestyles as companion animals, others are tortured beyond imagination.

Shelter dogs have a very low success rate with local adoption due to the stigma associated with being so called “broken”, and “damaged” and are often at risk of euthanasia or being sold back into the dog meat trade. Recent shifts and growth in international adoption programs have inspired local dog rescuers in Korea more than ever, in a field where their tireless work seemed futile and dismal. Such encouragements have subsequently sparked a movement towards more local rescue initiatives. You may think you are adopting just one dog, but the impact of your action will be huge.


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More About This Rescue

Free Korean Dogs (FKD) is a registered charity in Canada Free Korean Dogs (FKD) is a registered charity in Canada (BN:80580 0166RR0001). Free Korean Dogs US (FKD US) is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization #85-2573367 in the USA, with charitable organization registrations in the following States: Washington #2004912, Oregon #58908 & California #0274571.

Founded in Toronto, Canada on July 1st, 2015, our organizations rescue dogs from Korea’s dog meat trade and other at-risk circumstances and find their forever loving homes in Canada and the US.



Are You Prepared To Adopt A Pet?  

So, you've been considering adding a pet to your family and are interested in adopting. If you're unsure whether you're ready to welcome a four-legged companion, here are eight questions to ask yourself:


1. What motivates me?

Are you in search of unwavering love and devoted companionship? Are you looking for a workout partner or an enthusiastic snuggler? If this is the case, you are on the right route. Adopting a pet is an excellent method to obtain the best companion, stress reliever and workout buddy all in one. Even better, science has established that having a pet has proven health benefits, such as decreasing blood pressure and battling depression.

2. Is my living situation secure?

The primary reason pets are surrendered to shelters is a change in the living situation to an area where pets are not permitted. Is your rental suitable for the type of pet you wish to bring? Is it covered by your homeowner's insurance? Particularly if you're considering adopting a huge breed dog, it's critical to understand the legal implications. (Keep in mind that if your rental or homeowner's insurance does not include coverage for dogs, you can get Liability Insurance from a few national insurers.

3. Is my space pet-friendly?

Any pet guardian's primary obligation is to keep their pet safe. Take a look around your house with this in mind. Is it a safe environment for curious pets? Can you keep your pet safe from falls if you are not on the ground floor? Is your yard securely fenced? Is your pool inaccessible? Are poisonous chemicals stored safely away from children and pets in your kitchen and garage (including antifreeze or other fluid spills on the garage floor)?

4. Am I willing to devote the necessary time?

Cats and dogs require human interaction and exercise daily to maintain their physical and emotional wellbeing. Inactivity can result in obesity, unhappiness, and undesirable behaviors motivated by boredom. If you're going to be gone for an extended length of time during the day, can you commit to spending quality time in the morning before you leave and in the evening when you return? A pet door and a fenced yard are insufficient, as pets, sadly, will not exercise on their own. Additionally, they will have missed you while you were gone and will seek the attention and connection provided by games or a stroll.

5. Do I have financial flexibility?

Having a pet as a member of the family entails providing for their requirements in addition to food and shelter. Your pet will require a comfortable bed, durable, secure toys, possibly a crate, pet carrier, or pet door, as well as grooming tools. You may need to get your pet spayed or neutered - an absolute necessity if you want to avoid contributing to the homeless pet problem you're attempting to relieve through adoption. (If you qualify, low- or no-cost spay/neuter clinics may be an option.) Additionally, you will be responsible for your pet's health upkeep, just as you would with any other dependent. Vaccinations, wellness examinations, and dental procedures are all costs associated with keeping your pet healthy and happy. Additionally, unforeseen veterinarian appointments may be necessary periodically if your pet becomes ill. (You can help defray the expense of emergency veterinarian visits by enrolling in monthly payment plans for pet insurance.)

6. Is my family supportive?

If you share a household with one or more individuals, are they prepared to help with the everyday care of a new pet? It is far easier (and more enjoyable) to integrate a new pet into a household when the entire family actively supports the decision.

7. Are my children old enough to understand the value of a pet?

Nothing is sweeter than children and pets, and having a pet as a child may be gratifying. To ensure a safe and happy experience for everyone, your child should be old enough to understand which behaviors are unacceptable when dealing with pets (pulling ears and tails, climbing on or riding the pet, interfering with the pet's food, and so forth). If you have extremely small children at home, you may want to consider constructing an "off-limits" area for your pet. This could be a room, a section of a room, or a crate–any calm area your pet is familiar with for "alone time."

8. Do I commit to taking all necessary precautions to prevent my pet from ending up in a shelter?

While shelters make every effort to reunite pets with their owners, pets that cannot be reunited with their owners are sometimes euthanized due to a lack of resources and space. Avoid this doomsday scenario. Always wear a collar and tag with current, readable contact information on your pet; microchip your pet and register the chip number in a national database. 


Having a pet is a commitment that should not be taken lightly. You’ll need time, money, and energy to devote to a pet. If you’re still unsure whether now is the right moment to begin your fur family journey after reading our eight questions, starting by fostering a pet or assisting a friend with their pet can help you determine whether owning one is the best choice for you.

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