Dogs have only recently been treated as pets and companions in South Korea because, more traditionally, they have been seen as a source of meat. But a 61-year-old woman is doing what she can to ensure that hundreds of animals are spared that cruel fate, as she puts all of her time, energy and resources into caring for up to 200 dogs at a time.
The Associated Press reports that Jung Myoung Sook has been a longtime dog lover and has dedicated the past 26 years to her “babies,” as she refers to them. During that time, Jung has been forced to move at least seven times, after neighbors have complained about her pets. If she sees a stray dog on the street, she reportedly will often take it home with her. Others she has bought from restaurants or (shudder) dog meat farms with her own money.
“Some people talk about me, saying, ‘Why is that beggar-like middle-aged woman smiling all the time,’ but I just focus on feeding my babies,” Jung told the AP. “I’m happy and healthy.”
Although Jung holds down a low-wage job as a cleaner, the AP reported that her dogs appeared to be well-cared for and well-fed.