The SMG rented a defunct dog cafe in Dongdaemun-gu in April and established an abandoned animal adoption center for the protection of abandoned animals and adoption counseling. In order to get closer to citizens, the center will be piloted as an urban abandoned animal adoption center, and it will be open to the public for any citizen who wants to see abandoned animals. The center is striving to improve prejudice against abandoned animals by holding small adoption parties for local residents once a month observing disease prevention rules and conducting various adoption activities, such as bazaars and walking events.
In addition, the SMG will strengthen the temporary protection at home for abandoned animals, an activity to encourage adoption of abandoned animals done by citizen volunteers. Since 2019, SMG has implemented a temporary protection project for abandoned animals, and a total of 258 abandoned animals were adopted avoiding euthanasia by 2020.
The SMG has supported services, such as pre-adoption health checkup, neutering surgery, animal insurance subscription, and education on animals before and after adoption, so that citizens can adopt abandoned animals in relief. As a result, the proportion of abandoned animals adopted into homes among all abandoned animals slightly increased from 32% in 2018 to 36.4% in 2020, and the euthanasia rate drastically decreased from 24.3% in 2018 to 16.1% in 2020.
The SMG has plans to continuously expand the adoption centers for abandoned animals in local districts to promote adoption, and discover various projects for adoption of abandoned animals in partnership with animal protection groups.