At Jindo Love Rescue, we are passionate animal advocates saving the lives of dogs in South Korea. With the help of our team and volunteers, we rescue as many dogs as we can from terrible conditions in South Korea’s dog meat trade, puppy mills, as well as abandoned dogs. We look for perfect, loving homes to send these dogs to in the United States of America.
Jindo Love Rescue is a 501c3 non-profit organization. Click here for more info.
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Meet the Jindo Love Team
Our team is a group of volunteers dedicated to saving the lives of the dogs of Korea from the slaughterhouses and kill shelters. We have no overhead nor do we get paid. Literally, every donation and fee is utilized to save lives.
For Adoption Inquiries, please contact either Patti Kim or Heather Pastore (contact info below):
Su Jeong Kim: Founder
I’ve been involved in rescuing dogs in Korea from the dog meat trade for many years. Without having any knowledge or experience in international adoption, and being new to the Facebook and Social Media world, it had its limits. Then in June of 2015, Patti Kim contacted me offering to help with the adoption of two of my rescues. That was the start of Jindo Love as we’ve averaged 200 dogs a year and over 300 for 2018. As our team has grown with the support of incredible adopters and followers, our mission is to save more lives and prove that a dog meat dog can be a loving pet with a family.
Patti Kim: President/Co-Founder
Having rescued many dogs throughout my life, I entered the world of Facebook in late 2014. I accidentally encountered the dog meat trade where I rescued my first slaughterhouse dog in January 2015. After fostering and adopting her out, my heart gravitated towards the helpless victims of torture and living in unimaginable horrible conditions. My life changed when I met Su in June 2015 on Facebook which set our path for Jindo Love. Our mission is to save one life at a time while building our adoptive family with love and support for one another even after adoption.
Heather Pastore: Vice President
In the Spring of 2016 I learned about Yulin. I worked tirelessly contacting US House Representatives to pass laws to ban the dog and cat meat trade. At the end of 2016, I was looking to help dogs rescued from the trade in other countries and fell in love with the work Jindo Love was doing to get dogs to loving homes in the US. I called Patti around Christmas that year and the rest is history.
JEANNE M. MANN, CPA: treasurer
After losing her beloved Jindo, Sedona, she began searching rescue sites for Jindo’s. She found JRL and fell in love with 6 mo. old siblings Kai & Kaya and adopted them both. Jeanne was so impressed with the ladies and all the hard work they do behind the scenes and offered her extensive non-profit expertise to prepare the federal and state required tax filings pro bono. A year and a half after adopting her siblings, she became a foster failure and now has her 3rd JLR rescue, Oreo as part of her family. Jeanne was then asked to step in as Treasurer and she didn’t hesitate. Jeanne lives with her JLR pack in Southern California. She is the owner of Mann & Associates, APC, a public accounting firm specializing in non-profit organizations.
claire clarke: SECRETARY & special projects coordinator
Claire Clarke lives in sunny Las Vegas with her husband and rescues. Her husband lived in South Korea for several years, where the couple learned about the horrors of the dog meat trade. After settling back in the United States, they started following different groups and organizations that worked to find homes for these incredible animals. They chose to adopt through Jindo Love after seeing the passion and tireless commitment the team has for saving dogs. Claire works on behind-the-scenes projects for the organization.
Lauren & jackie Alcayaga: Adoption & social media coordinators
Jackie and Lauren are married and live in CT with their 4 pups! Jackie works at a doggy daycare and her dream is to open her own place in the near future as she is happiest surrounded by dogs and prefers them over people! Lauren has owned an array of rescue animals growing up with her family, and always had a passion for helping animals and people. Lauren and Jackie started fostering for a rescue in 2016, which fueled their desire to do more in the rescue community. Upon attending a local adoption event years ago, they learned about Jindo Love Rescue and the horror of the dog meat trade. They went home, looked up Jindo Love Rescue online, and fell completely in love with the pups, the rescue and everything they stood for. They adopted their youngest pup, Meeko, from Jindo Love Rescue and it opened up a magical door in wanting to be involved in such a beautiful mission. The adoption process with Meeko allowed them to get close to the team whom them instantly loved especially the love, passion and dedication they had for the dogs! Additionally, Lauren & Jackie were amazed with the community of JLR adopters in the private group which allowed them to connect with other adopters and served as a place to post photos, share updates, ask for advice and a place to get support if needed. They started out by sharing posts of adoptable dogs, raising awareness and helped make their JLR FB page and eventually they too joined the amazing JLR team in Summer of 2020. Their love, compassion and empathy for animals runs deep and they thoroughly enjoy the work they do with JLR, although it doesn’t feel like work to them at all!
min jeong song: foster mom
Our foster mom is an amazing woman working 24/7 shifts for our dogs. With nearly 100 dogs at our foster house, she is relentlessly and tirelessly working to keep them happy, clean, well, and happy. She single-handedly handles taking them to the vet, taking care of puppies, preparing them for flights, and spreading her love, all while giving special care to the dogs needing extra attention. Laundry machines are running all day, feeding our dogs are on continuous shifts, while giving kisses/hugs throughout the day. Vet trips are planned in groups, loading up her car with multiple dogs. Our dogs are free roaming (with the exception of new rescues, moms with babies in a separate area, or temporary quarantine for medical reasons). Our foster mom’s goal is to nurture them with love and socialization with proper assessment while waiting for their forever home.
SUPPORTING TEAM MEMBERS
Micah Kalish – Tik Tok Curator (Adopted Vixen)
Tim Hsu – YouTube Curator (Adopted Haru, #99 Puppy Mill Rescue Maltese)
Adam Sostrin – Legal Support (Adopted Bailey)
Jessica Torentino – Twitter Curator (Adopted Ruky)
Chelsea Polson – East Coast Support/Foster (retired Team member & adopter)
Joanne Mary – NY Support
Amanda St. Andre – Seattle Support (Adopted Hope & Popps)
Enrique Gamboa – training adventures for Los Angeles dogs
In Defense of Animals (IDA), Marilyn Kroplick, President: Our paths crossed when IDA compassionately stepped up to helped us with 7 emergency rescued dogs in 2016. In 2018, we’ve joined efforts to save more lives together. They helped us obtain our new foster home, assisted with our slaughter truck rescue in July 2019 of 28 dogs, and generously supports us with the care of over 100 dogs at our foster home. We are extremely grateful for this amazing rescue who fights to end the dog meat trade relentlessly. Fleur Dawes (IDA) is incredible to work with and we are blessed that our relationship continues with harmony. She also adopted one of our dogs, Judy. Thank you from all of us at JLR for being such an amazing rescue sharing our mission to save as many lives as possible.
Sharon Stone: Hope Animal Sanctuary (IDA) adoption of 6 rescues/2 traumatized dogs still at rescue. Thank you Sharon for your continuous care of Happy and Rudy!
Dirk Schubert: Generous donations, 5 adoptions
Elizabeth Germain: Generous continuous donations; 4 adoptions
Kim Riley: Adoption of mom/daughter, Brother/Sister sibs, 2 other dogs = 6 dogs
Gary and Val Bungart: Generous donations; adopted 3 dogs
Christie Barns: Generous donation; adopted 2 dogs; helped with our Hawaii dogs
Samual Caya/Sasha Dorval: Special adopter who flew from Quebec-Toronto-JFK to pick up their baby, Sakura
Sunguk Chung: Adopted 2 dogs from our slaughter truck rescue (July 2019) Milky/Yeomso
Lisa Brown: Adopting 3 of our emergency/traumatized dogs
Brandi Piacente: Generous donations and 2 adoptions: Mom/Daughter (flying to Korea to pick up the mom dog)
Tatiana Celis: Generous donation and adopting
Soo Han-Kim: General donations, fostering and adopting
Cindy Legler – 3 adoptions (1 with trauma, Chansey) & Donations
Kathy Koenig Smith – Generous Donation (Son Jesse adopted Navi)
Mindy Dozier: Fostering; adopting a traumatized dog, Noori
Marcie Garn: Rescuing our Goldies
Joanne Nickell: Retired JLR team member; 2 adoptions (Adopted Hana)
Amanda Martin: Retired JLR team member & adopting
Franca Ortiz Rogriguez: Retired JLR team member & adopting
Chelsea Polson: Retired JLR team member; 2 adoptions; special projects
Jeong Leon-Kim: Retired JLR team member (Treasurer); 2 adoptions
Brittany Storm Jobe: Retired JLR team member; 2 adoptions
Jaimie Barnaba Prespero (Wagging Tails Rescue, NY) Adoption/fostering of many dogs
Maltese Rescue: Taking 16 puppy mill dogs rescued in March 2018;
Winnie Poo Ma: Connecting us to Maltese Rescue and helping with communication/coordination
Nicole Piligian & Tammy Roe: Saving Hana from Canada shelter;
Michelle Kim: Fostering Hana