About Us

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.


Jeong Kim-Leon: treasurer

Jeong Leon learned about Jindo Love as she was looking to adopt a pup. The process was so easy and the ladies were so full of love, she started becoming more active with the group. First she helped with applications and then became more involved with the adoption process. Now she works behind the scenes with the financial aspects of maintaining JLR’s non-profit status. Jeong is a mother of two, living in Southern California.


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.


Brittany Storm Jobe: Adoption Assistant

I stumbled upon Jindo Love while looking for a partner in crime for my Shiba Inu. While looking for Shiba Inu rescues on Facebook, I happened to find Ariel and Dorothy’s post, which brought me to Jindo Love. I found the cutest puppy named “Aslan”, whose adopter had just fallen through, and I was instantly in love. I was proud of Jindo Love’s work, the dogs’ journeys, and loved the experience of talking with the team. The day I picked Hige up (Aslan), it was an exciting and an emotional experience that I will never forget. I wanted to share that experience with everyone and wanted to help more dogs get homes. I shared as many as I could on Facebook and in my own Shiba group. I later fostered a Jindo boy named Remy, and adopted a Corgi girl from Jindo Love. On August 29, 2018 I became a part of the team! My love of animals brought me to opening a pet accessory company called Kahl’s Designs, so you can say my life revolves around animals! My daughter, boyfriend, furbabies, and I reside in Phoenix, AZ.


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

Chelsea Polson – Tik Tok Curator
Enrique Gamboa – training adventures for Los Angeles dogs
Adam Sostrin – Legal Support
Joanne Mary – NY Support
Amanda St. Andre – Seattle Support
Jessica Torentino – Twitter Curator


EXTENDED TEAM

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!

SPECIAL THANKS

Dirk Schubert: Generous donations and relentless support of our mission;
5 adoptions

Elizabeth Germain: Generous donations; 4 adoptions

Kim Riley: Adoption of mom/daughter, Brother/Sister siblings, 2 other dogs = 6 dogs

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 and adopting

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

Jaimie Barnaba Prespero (Wagging Tails) – Too amazing for words having compassion for older 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

Cindy Legler – 3 adoptions & Donations

Kathy Koenig Smith – Generous Donation (Son Jesse adopted Navi)