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Tripawd Adopted: Meet Ku-won, a Korean Dog Farm Survivor

ku-Wan three legged korean rescue dogSometimes we hear about a courageous pup and just have to share his story! Some wonderful people in Los Angeles just told us about Ku-won, a lucky little tripawd who’s made it from the worst of all puppy “mills” – dog meat farms in Korea – to the streets of Los Angeles, where he’s now seeking his forever home. Here’s what his kind foster folks had to say …

We are happy to introduce you to Ku-won. (KOA)

Ku-won, like all of our rescued dogs, is a very special little guy. He was rescued from a dog farm in South Korea that breeds and sells dogs for their meat. At only 2 months old, a healthy Ku-won was attacked by other dogs at the farm. The attack left Ku-won with a terribly damaged front leg. The injury was beyond repair or concern of the meat farmer, so his leg was amputated.

Because of his condition, Ku-won could no longer be sold as “healthy” dog meat, so in June of 2008 the dog farmer voluntarily turned Ku-won over to our partner shelter in South Korea. The American rescue organization now representing Ku-won is based in Los Angeles, and they are called Happy Ending Rescue. They adopt dogs who are rescued from meat farms in Korea. Many have been abused and have special needs. You can read more about this wonderful group  at

Our now 4 month old Ku-won has healed beautifully. He has been renamed “Koa” which means “strong” in Hawaiian.  He now has three names; Koa Ku-won Tipo (translates to Strong, Saved, Tripawd). As best we can tell, Ku-won is a Korean Jindo and a Shepard dog mix, and will be about 90 pounds when full grown.

Ku-won loves playing tug-of-war, and acts like any other puppy his age. He is such an amazing, playful, loving, smart puppy. We are so lucky! He seems unfazed with the loss of his leg, bouncing around and wrestling with other dogs. When he does take a tumble, he quickly rights himself by pushing off the floor with his chin; he’s quite the little gymnast.

korean dog meat farm puppy rescue Ku-won has find a loving home. Coincidentally … we just received a notice from Dogster about this Humane Society petition to stop Petland from supporting puppy mills. Please take a moment to support the cause.

5 Responses to “Tripawd Adopted: Meet Ku-won, a Korean Dog Farm Survivor”

  1. Ku Won you are adorable… you must have an angel looking over you. Ironic how an injury saved your life. What kind of people eat dog meat??? Disgusting… that should be banned as well. Kudos to the rescue group;would like to read more about them (link doesn’t work)

  2. Thank dog Ku-Won injury saved his life. That link still does not work, or I’d read about it, too. I have already signed the HSUS petition to stop PetLand.

  3. This just in from Happy Ending Rescue:

    Kuwon is NOT available for adoption. He was adopted in September to a nice family in Los Angeles. I hope you can make the corrections on the post. Also there were a few spelling mistakes of his name — Ku-won

    Sorry for the err in communication there.

  4. OMG.. i just visited the happyendingrescue site. The gallery under the Korean link and available dogs is truly heartbreaking. They even showed a skinned dog at the market … i am sick to my stomach!! Again, what kind of people eat dog meat? Truly disgusting….

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