Who We Are

Happy Angels Dog Rescue (formerly, Happy Ending Rescue) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit dog rescue organization, located in Los Angeles, California. We are a Non-Kill rescue group and we specialize in small breed dogs. Each dog we rescue is placed in a foster home until we find them a permanent home. In foster care we are able to evaluate each dog's specific needs, this allows for a more compatible and successful adoption.

Our goal is to find wonderful new homes mainly for dogs from high kill shelters and dogs that have been neglected or abandoned. We are also dedicated to reducing dog overpopulation; we spay or neuter all of our dogs before adoption. We believe that each family is unique and can be matched with a dog that fits their home and lifestyle, enriching each other's lives for many joyful years.

Happy Angels Dog Rescue is a coalition of No-Kill Los Angeles (NKLA), led by Best Friends Animal Society.

We are also a global alliance dedicated to saving dogs world wide. Our partner rescues in South Korea works tirelessly to save dogs from dog meat farms where they are raised like cattle and slaughtered for their meat.

With many of our our exceptional South Korean partners; PUG HOUSE RESCUE, PEOPLE DEFENDING ANIMALS, DONG-HAE CITY ANIMAL SHELTER, etc., our canine friends receive a one-way ticket to Los Angeles where they can be united with a loving family and a forever home. (The one-way ticket are funded solely by donations.) We also focus greatly on educating the public regarding responsible pet ownership.

Every dog deserves a second chance. From tip of nose to wagging tail, Happy Angels Dog Rescue is dedicated to helping you meet your new best friend and provides ongoing community education that teaches responsible dog ownership.

Why Save South Korean Dogs?

Amongst the South Korean population that does not eat dog meat a growing segment of proactive supporters has been fighting for animal rights; fighting to bring about the long overdue realization that eating dog meat, a Korean tradition born during times of life-or-death, is now unneccesary and its continued practice is inhumane.

Once rescued from these dog farms, It can be hard for these rescued dogs to find homes in Korea because the majority seeks young purebred puppies, not adult dogs of mixed breeding.

Every year, millions of dogs and cats are slaughtered in South Korea for food and and so-called medicinal tonics. Happy Angels Dog Rescue and In Defense of Animals are working together to help end the illegal dog and cat industry.

Please visit the Korea Animal Rights Advocates (KARA) website to read about the Current Situation of Korea's Dog Meat Industry.

The Reality of Kindness; written by an American living in South Korea

Erin has rescued and fostered thirty Korean dogs during the past two years. She has dedicated her life to save dogs from South Korean animal shelters.

You may wonder, "Why should we help South Korean dogs?" 'Companion dogs' are a relatively new idea in Korean society. Historically, dogs were used for hunting, guarding and as sources of food; health food soup (Bo-shin-tang) or health tonic (Gae-soju). Only recently has the idea of companion dogs as part of the family have been imported into Korean culture.

Take a look at your pup or your neighbor’s pup. Is she cute, white, non-shedding, young and purebred? If not, she probably wouldn’t find a home in Korea. A dog that is 15 pounds is considered “big” and desirable only as a small puppy. Once dogs grow to full size, the owners decide to dump them mainly because of their "large" size. In Korea, mixed breeds are very unpopular and have a rather unpleasant name that translates to “poop dog.” If the dog isn't a purebred, there’s a good chance he/she will end up in a city shelter, out on the street or tied to a pole with or without a note taped to its back… if it’s lucky. If not, it may end up in a dog meat market and be slaughtered to make Bo-shin-tang or melted/boiled to make Gae-soju.
The awful truth about Korea’s city dog shelters, is that they make commission on how many dogs they bring into their facility. Some of the more questionable city shelters sell dogs out of the back door to dog meat vendors for extra income. Meanwhile, Korean city shelters that receive government funding are required to euthanize animals, and mixed breeds have the highest risk of euthanasia. Purebreed and 'small' dogs have a higher chance to be adopted. However, mixed breeds are considered unadoptable and are left at the shelters to die. In addition, every year roughly 2 million dogs are tortured and killed for their meat. Korea is one of the world's largest economies; however, its awareness of animal welfare is, sadly, discouragingly backwards.

The Korean government places a 10% tax on all veterinary services; there is no mandatory spaying or neutering, and almost none of the Korean dog population is actually spayed or neutered. There is an abundance of homeless animals ending up at high kill shelters, in the dog meat industry, and on the streets.

Although there are no government-run shelters, sanctuaries or official non-kill city shelters, there are several animal organizations fighting for the humane treatment of dogs within Korea. They are fighting the dog meat industry, puppy mill industry, and working hard to educate society on the benefits of being responsible dog guardians: giving proper medical care, training and socialization for their pet dogs. 

It takes time for a society’s views on an issue to change. One way to find loving homes for these innocent dogs, is to arrange for these “mixed and unadoptable” dogs to go overseas—either to breed rescues or private adopters. These dogs are then given a life they could never know in Korea. Instead of being euthanized at shelters or being tortured and killed for their meat, these dogs could live indoors, have a yard with grass, and not fear every stranger that passes by. For these dogs, there is no time to wait for a humane Korea; overseas is their "salvation."


If a picture is worth a thousand words, these photos surely articulate the innumerable reasons why our South Korean rescue efforts are so important. Every dog that is rescued is one more amazing victory.

These photos are very graphic. Viewer discretion is advised.

Happy Angels Dog Rescue BLOG

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Stop Killing Dogs

The South Korean government has accepted Animal Protection Laws which make animal torture illegal, but those laws have never been properly enforced in the country. The dog meat industry continues to thrive and the officials are reluctant and indifferent to ban it.

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