Asan Shelter

Shelter Director(s): Mr. Park
Location: Asan - 아산

NOTICE (June 2014):
ALTHOUGH THE SHELTER IS STILL UNDER CONSTRUCTION, WE RUN VERY SMALL TRIPS EVERY WEEKEND. PLEASE CONTACT CLARE OR STEPHANIE VIA E-MAIL FOR MORE INFO.

Lend A Helping Hand at Asan Shelter

Walking the dogs:
The most common task volunteers perform at Asan is walking the plethora of dogs. And, trust me: They are usually overjoyed at the prospect of stretching their furry legs. So, what is the typical procedure when walking an Asan pup? Firstly, always be sure to check that the dog isn’t on heartworm medication. If a pup is going through heartworm treatment, he/she can only have a very minimal level of exertion. Next, respect the doggy’s body language! Sometimes, the dogs just want to cuddle, or they just want some company. Some have never even been on a walk before! Only walk one dog at a time to avoid any unnecessary escapes. Always keep a respectful distance with other dog walkers. Some dogs socialize with other pups quite well, and some don’t. Just beware. Please never text on your cell phone when walking your doggy. You have the dog’s undivided attention, so return the favour.

Now, what is the procedure?
Currently, the dogs are housed in two separate areas, due to the shelter being mid-construction. Smaller dogs and dogs undergoing any medical treatment are located at Mr Park's house. Larger dogs are kept a short distance away inside a barn. Conditions are not ideal at the moment, but the new shelter should be finished soon and please bear in mind this is an intermediate phase.

Volunteer groups split into 2 - half the group will stay with the smaller dogs while the other half will go to the barn to give some TLC to the bigger dogs. We try to walk as many as we can, with the exception of a dog undergoing heartworm treatment, an extremely skittish dog or a dog-aggressive &/or hard-to-control dog. Please DO NOT walk any dog on a collar. Please ONLY walk a dog if you have a well-fitting HARNESS to use.

If a dog escapes, shout “LOOSE DOG” so other volunteers know that a dog has escaped. Only walk dogs YOU feel comfortable walking.

Cleaning the Cages/Dog Area:
This is a pretty self directed task. If you see a really dirty cage or area, then clean it! Even something as simple as scooping old poop from a cage can make a world of difference to improve a pup’s living conditions. Do what you see when it needs doing.

Top up Water Dishes:
If you notice that a dog doesn't have water, then fill up his/her water dish! There is no running water at the barn so we take fresh water with us from Mr Park's house. If there is a dirty water bowl, please give it a good scrub before filling it. The dogs get extremely thirsty in these hot weather conditions! There are so many dogs, and so few hands. If you think a doggy needs fresh water, then change it.

Aggressive Dogs:
If you’re unsure about walking a dog, then ask first. Pay special attention to body language. There are a few bigger dogs at the shelter who don’t get walked because they’re not good with other dogs. Just be careful, and use common sense. When in doubt, ASK!

This isn’t a Fashion Show:
So, here’s the score: You’re going to get muddy, dirty, and drooled on by lovable pups. Wear running shoes, or equally comfortable shoes, that can get DIRTY. Sandals, or open toed shoes, are not a good idea. Rubber boots are great in monsoon season. Wear old clothes that you don’t care about getting dirty. Trust me: They will smell like dog forevermore. Also, it’s a good idea to bring an extra pair of fresh clothes to change into for the long subway ride home, and some deodorant if you are feeling considerate of your neighbour on the train.

What to Bring:

  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Lunch
  • Doggy Treats
  • Comfortable Shoes
  • A Change of Clothes
  • Gloves
  • Water
  • Camera

Adoption/Fostering Procedure
Anyone interested in fostering or adopting a dog from Asan shelter must first fill out an application form and be approved by an adoption coordinator. If you have any questions about this, please don't hesitate to contact Clare at clarebellmills@gmail.com.

If you are interested in either adopting or fostering a dog from Asan Shelter, please see the Adoption Guideline for Asan Shelter and/or Fostering Guideline for Asan Shelter.

Thank you for giving your time and, most importantly, your love! The dogs say "Woof Woof" (Dogspeak for thanks!).

Written by Noelle P.
Edited by Clare Mills.

Animals Sheltered

  • Cats
  • Dogs (large)
  • Dogs (small)

Getting Involved

Volunteering: Yes
Fostering: Yes
Donations Needed:
  • Wet dog food
  • Wet cat food
  • Food and water dishes
  • Dog leashes
  • Collars
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Grooming supplies
  • Crates
  • Cat towers

Getting There

Need Appointment to Visit: Yes
Hours of Operation:
Saturday and Sunday 11:00 a.m. - 5 p.m. *Please note, if you want to visit the shelter, you must join one of the weekly group trips. For information regarding the trip schedule, please contact Clare at clarebellmills@gmail.com.
Directions:

From Seoul:
If you want to go from Seoul Station, take the KTX train to CHEONAN-ASAN KTX STATION (it is about 30 to 40 minute train ride). The best train to catch is the one that leaves Seoul Station at 10:30 a.m., and you can buy your tickets on the mezzanine level, usually just 20 minutes before the train departs.

From elsewhere:
Meet at the Cheonan/Asan KTX Station (inside "Dunkin' Donuts") at 11:00. If you are going to take the subway, please note that Asan is three stops from the end of Line 1 (dark blue). You’ll need to budget an extra 30-ish minutes as most times you’ll have to get off at Cheonan Station and wait for a continuing train to Asan Station.

From the Daejeon area:
You can catch a train that leaves a little before 10:30 a.m. from the Daejeon KTX Station. Check the Korail website for train schedules.

From the CHEONAN-ASAN KTX STATION:
We will all ride together to the shelter, usually by taxi. We usually leave around 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. to return to our respective cities.

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Karen's picture

A Shelter Christmas Video

Thank you to Allison for sharing this video!! All the dogs are so beautiful. I hope many more will find homes this Christmas.

Sofia's picture

Asan shelter animals are waiting for you ~

Come to visit!

Lady23's picture

I need an email address to contact someone about coming to visit.

Sofia's picture

Hello Lady23, contact me at coolwwater@hotmail.com.
Thank you!

allisondyoung's picture

Some success stories from Asan shelter:

alden's picture

Hi! It's been a long time since I visit the shelter. May I ask, where is Tripod (he's a malamute with three legs)? Did he get adopted?

allisondyoung's picture

Tripod actually passed away a little over a year ago, he was still living at Asan at the time. :(

Karen's picture

Here is a message about Tripod's passing from the old forums :(

alden's picture

that's really sad :(

I'm trying to open my schedule so I can join you guys to visit the shelter again.

allisondyoung's picture

Some recent pictures of Asan dogs!~

allisondyoung's picture

Asan Shelter: February 12th, 2012:

allisondyoung's picture

Asan Shelter: March 3rd, 2012:

Sofia's picture

Join us on coming Saturday, August, 11th, 2012!

Hi everyone! Here's some info if you're interested in joining the shelter trip on Saturday, August 11th, 2012.

*Please note, that if you are planning on fostering or adopting a dog, you must first fill out an application form and be approved by an adoption coordinator. You can't foster or adopt without first completing this step.*

Time: 11am to 5pm
Location: Asan Animal Shelter
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From Seoul:

If you want to go from Seoul Station, take the KTX train to CHEONAN-ASAN KTX STATION (it is about 30 to 40 minute train ride). Check this website for train schedules: http://www.korail.com/en/rv/pr21100/w_pr21110.jsp

The best train to catch is the one that leaves Seoul Station at 10:30 a.m., and you can buy your tickets on the mezzanine level, usually just 20 minutes before the train departs.

From elsewhere:

Meet at the Cheonan/Asan KTX Station (near Dunkin' Donuts) at 11:00.

If you are going to take the subway, please note that Asan is three stops from the end of Line 1 (dark blue). You’ll need to budget an extra 30-ish minutes as most times you’ll have to get off at Cheonan Station and wait for a continuing train to Asan Station.

If you’re coming from the Daejeon area, you can catch a train that leaves a little before 10:30 a.m. from the Daejeon KTX Station.
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From the CHEONAN-ASAN KTX STATION, we will all ride together to the shelter, usually by taxi. We usually leave around 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. to return to our respective cities.

What to bring: Hand sanitizer. Snacks for you and the animals! A change of clothes and sturdy shoes. Water. A smile!
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Money: the whole trip from Seoul is about 35.000 won (return) and about 30.000 won for Daejeon.
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PLEASE READ IT BEFORE COMING TO ASAN SHELTER !!!

VOLUNTEER PROCEDURES AND GUIDELINES. VERY IMPORTANT INFO.

The safety of our volunteers and animals is our number one priority.
• Always remember that you are working with animals which cannot communicate with you in the same way that you communicate with another person. Dogs and cats use their body language and vocalizations to tell us what they are feeling. Please always be aware of what the animals are trying to say. They live in a very stressful environment and may be wary of human touch or pressure to perform a task.
• If you ever feel uncertain about working with a certain animal, never feel obligated to do so.
• Always wash your hands or use hand sanitizer when working with a different animal to prevent the spread of disease (bring hand sanitizer from home).
• Please do not text or use your cell phone as this will distract you from the animal you are interacting with as well as your immediate environment.

Working with dogs

• Only work with or walk one dog at a time.

• Take a moment to get to know the dog you will interact with. Offer a cookie/treat, show the animal the leash, allow them to smell it and speak softly to the animal.

• When you are taking a dog for a walk:

a. If you are walking with another volunteer, AVOID CLOSE CONTACT BETWEEN THE DOGS. Without knowing the dogs well, we are not able to tell which dogs will get along with other dogs.
b. Make sure the leash is securely in your hands. The best thing to do is to wrap the leash around your hand.
c. When putting the dogs back in their kennels, remember to CHECK THE LOCK ON THE KENNEL DOORS.
d. If another person is walking a dog and you cross paths, STAND TO THE SIDE AND ALLOW THE OTHER PERSON AND DOG TO PASS. THERE ARE MANY DOGS THAT DO NOT LIKE OTHER DOGS.

• If you cannot handle a dog or if you are unsure of the body language of the dog, please respect the animal and leave them alone.
• Some dogs benefit more from one to one contact in the play yard than from a walk. Simply sitting with them and petting them can make a world of a difference.
• If a dog gets loose, please try to get control of the animal as quickly as possible and as safely as possible. You may need to yell “LOOSE DOG” in order to protect others in the area.

Working with cats
• Never put a cat on the ground to play with them.
• Be sure to sanitize your hands after each animal interaction.
• Remember to BE CAREFUL ENTERING AND EXITING THE COLONY ROOM to prevent possible escapes.

We rely heavily on our volunteers to make life of the animals more comfortable. We ask that you let us know if you suspect an animal needs medical attention.
In addition, please help us to find homes for these animals by telling your friends, family or co-workers about animals you think they may be interested in.
There are many unique opportunities to assist in supporting our mission. Please speak with the volunteer coordinator for info on additional opportunities.
On behalf of the animals at Asan animal shelter we thank you for sharing your much needed love and time!

training3hearts's picture

We are interested in visiting the shelter this Monday ( October 1) to meet a couple of dogs that we may be interested in adopting. Who do we need to call to make an appointment?

Thanks.

allisondyoung's picture

Hi training3hearts! Why don't you send me an email at allisondyoung@hotmail.com and I can give you the details for our next shelter visit. Thanks! :)

Michellesy's picture

Hi, a group of 10 or 20 students from SIS is planning to visit Asan Animal Shelter for two months. First on November 17th.
Could you tell us the exact location(adress) of Asan Animal Shelter and exactly what we should do when we get there?
Thank you!

dbis's picture

Hi Michellesy!

First of all, wow thankyou to you and your students for wanting to dedicate yourselves for 2 months! I will discuss what roles you all can do at the shelter this weekend with the other coordinators and shelter manager. Because of the large number of people with your group and often with people joining our own weekly visits it will be good to organise a few things first in order to ensure some great stuff gets accomplished together for the animals!!

As for directions, it depends where you'll be coming from; the address/directions in Korean we usually give to taxi drivers when going from Cheonan/Asan KTX station is 강당골 버스충점 산길로 올라가요. It takes about 20 mins by taxi from the station. There's a sign at the bottom of the long steep drive which says 'Jane's World'.

BonnieC's picture

Hi Asan friends!
I adopted Milky on the weekend (Milkshake, but I dropped the shake part), and although he has had a rough start, I just want to say that adopting him is the most rewarding thing I have done since coming to Korea. So anyone thinking of coming out to visit - please do!! You might find your new furbaby!

Sofia's picture

What a beauty!

marlajoy's picture

I just wanted to send out a big thank you to all the Asan volunteers. I haven't met most of you and I haven't even met most of the animals but Asan animals hold a special place in my heart because I adopted my two dogs (Alexis and Chloe) from there. I wish I were closer to help out but it makes me feel good knowing that there are dedicated volunteers helping the animals and getting them in the best shape possible to be adopted! Thanks for all you do! I wish I had a bunch of extra money kicking around so I could do something nice for all of you on behalf of all the animals you have helped :)

Karen's picture

Are volunteer trips to Asan Shelter happening again yet?

Sofia's picture

Not yet.

Karen's picture

That's too bad. Any idea when trips will start up again? Or is that not going to happen?

clare_bell's picture

Hi Karen

I've just updated the Asan page with more accurate info. More will be coming soon.