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MUNSTER, Ind. — Five dogs from South Korea are finding new beginnings in Northwest Indiana. 

Munster-based Humane Indiana welcomed its first international rescues in July. The five dogs have been getting used to their new surroundings, said the Northwest Indiana Times

Bruce, Jewels, Rachel, Jake and Tofu are all Jindo-mix dogs saved from a South Korean dog-meat farm, which Humane Indiana’s Jessica Petalas-Hernadez told the Times is a first for their rescue.

She said when the dogs got there they were all pretty shut down. 

“They were never socialized as puppies and never had positive interactions with people. They were raised for slaughter,” she told the Times.

The five dogs were among 50 rescued from Namyangju-si, Gyeonggi-do in South Korea by Humane Society International, said Kelly O’Meara, senior director of companion animals. 

South Korea is the only country in Asia where dogs are regularly farmed for food. O’Meara said the owner of the dog-meat farm has shut down his operations and is now farming water parsley. 

As for the dogs, Bruce, has already been adopted, while Jewels, Jake, Rachel and Tofu have been in foster care getting used to domestic life. 

In a Facebook post from Humane Indiana they said they are looking for someone to adopt or foster Tofu because he is scheduled to come back to the shelter, which he is terrified of.

If you are interested in any of these dogs you can call Humane Indiana at (219) 922-3811 or email them at

(Photo: Humane Indiana Facebook)