Asan Shelter

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

NOTICE (June 2014):

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 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)

Files to Download


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!

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:

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 :)