SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, June 18, 2021 – The Seoul Metropolitan Government will launch a pilot operation of “urban pet adoption cafe,” a new shift from protection facilities, to expand the adoption of abandoned pets, and further promote household temporary protection of these pets so that adoption rates can be increased.
First of all, the Seoul Metropolitan Government together with a civic organization rent a closed dog cafe this April in Dongdaemun-gu and opened an adoption center for protection and adoption consultation for abandoned pets. This animal protection facility, named “Baladang adoption cafe” in Dongdaemun-gu, will be under a pilot operation as a “urban adoption center for abandoned pets.”
Baladang adoption cafe is open to anyone who wants to meet abandoned pets. On the third Saturday of every month, the cafe holds a small party with a bazaar and take-a-walk event to promote the pet adoption.
Currently, autonomous districts are running animal protection centers in distant facilities on consignment basis. In this circumstance, the Seoul Metropolitan Government plans to conduct a pilot operation of urban adoption centers until the end of this year, to expand the interface between citizens and abandoned pets. This scheme is expected to give a positive effect on improving the awareness of existing pet protection facilities.
In addition, the city government will strengthen the “household temporary protection system” where abandoned pets are temporarily protected in households while adoption activities are underway. Since 2019, the Seoul Metropolitan Government has run a temporary protection program and a total of 258 abandoned pets were not put to sleep but adopted by 2020.
This year, the Seoul Metropolitan Government will promote a private-public cooperation along with four animal protection organizations. Seoul will also run a promotional campaign about the pet adoption to help citizens get an easier access to the adoption information.
The Seoul Metropolitan Government has provided various relevant services, such as a health checkup prior to adoption, spaying and neutering, pet insurance after adoption, and pet training before and after adoption. As a result, the rates of pets adopted to household out of the entire abandoned pets were increased to 36.4 percent in 2020 from 32 percent in 2018 while the euthanasia rate was sharply decreased from 24.3 percent in 2018 to 16.1 percent in 2020.
To further facilitate the pet adoption, the Seoul Metropolitan Government plans to increase the number of the adoption centers throughout the city and strengthen its collaborations with animal protection organizations to develop various programs for pet adoption. Currently, Gangdong-gu, Seocho-gu, and Nowon-gu are running three adoption centers.
“The Seoul Metropolitan Government will actively work on developing various private-public collaborative projects and promoting adoption support facilities, aiming to keep facilitating the pet adoption,” said Park Yu-mi, Director-General of Citizens’ Health at the Seoul Metropolitan Government
Baladang adoption cafe