Korean-American actor Daniel Henney fell in love with Juliette after watching videos of her on Humane Society International’s Instagram page. Photo by Donna Gadomski / HSI
It’s a beautiful scene that never gets old no matter how many times we see it: a bitch who has endured a life of extraordinary suffering, meeting her new parents for the first time in her new home and bonding instantly. But Korean-American actor Daniel Henney fell in love with Juliette, a young golden retriever, long before he actually met her. “I’ve seen videos of her on [Humane Society International’s] Instagram page, ”he says. “It was a breeze. I saw her and said this is my girl, this is her. ”
Julia, as you can see in the video belowShe is now happily housed in her new home with her famous father and nine-year-old Golden Retriever brother, a rescue company named Roscoe. “She’s an angel; an absolutely wonderful dog and she fits into the family like a Lego,” says Daniel, a passionate dog advocate and international film and television star who is best known in the United States for his role on Criminal Minds “Is known.
Juliette’s journey to meet her new family and a life of love – a life every pet deserves – has been long and arduous. Our HSI employees have found them earlier this year, among 70 other dogs living in misery and chained to an outdoor kennel on a dog meat farm in South Korea.
Animals in these situations typically endure some of the worst hardships. Like Juliette, many are chained out in the open or housed in rows of raised metal cages with wire floors. Food is scarce. Their waste accumulates under the boxes, they have no protection from extreme weather conditions, including freezing winters, and they know neither a human touch nor any kind of enrichment.
You can only wait to die when the time comes.
That is why HSI has been working since 2015 to save as many dogs as possible from this life of misery and, above all, to raise awareness of the dog meat trade in South Korea and around the world. Our goal is to forever end the dog meat trade wherever it exists.
To date we have 16. closed Dog meat farms and rescued more than 2,000 dogs that were flown to the United States, Great Britain, Canada and the Netherlands. We do this by working with the farmers who want to get out of this sad industry and helping them transition to more humane livelihoods like growing vegetables. While we cannot alone shut down all of the thousands of such farms that exist in the country now, we are trying, through our work, to provide a model for the government of South Korea to end this industry that is causing so much animal suffering.
More Koreans than ever have dogs as pets, including one in five households in the capital, Seoul. But many people still buy puppies from pet stores that have come from puppy factories, where they are intensively bred in deprived conditions. We want to show dog lovers in South Korea that animals rescued from dog meat farms are wonderful pets themselves, and we are proud and happy to now have Juliette and Daniel as ambassadors for us. Several Korean media are already reporting on their adoption history.
“Once [Juliette is] I want her to be an example of how great these dogs are and I want her to encourage people to adopt these wonderful dogs from these dog meat farms, ”says Daniel. “There are thousands of other dogs like Juliette who are caged on dog meat farms and need our help, so I support HSI’s mission to end the suffering.”