Having had a few weeks off, I was eager to get out to Asan (아산) and see how the dogs and cats were getting along in their ever-improving shelter. About twelve people came along for the weekly Animal Rescue Korea trip, which was just as well as the first task involved administering the monthly heartworm medicine. Like malaria, heartworm is mosquito-borne and necessitates chemoprophylaxis during the transmission months (mostly summer), which in turn necessitates us handing out meat-flavoured pills to the all the dogs at the shelter. Most will happily eat anything you put in front of them, but a few are highly suspicious and require pills to be carefully concealed inside a small piece of dog food – still fewer are so afraid of people that sticking a food-covered hand near them will result in a bite.
After we had done the rounds (with no bites reported), it was time for some exercise and the chance to put our new laminated cage sheets into practice (recording the date of a dog’s last walk, temperament etc.). Quite early on, the cage containing a nutcase Afghan hound broke and released her – but she turned out to be so placid once not cooped up that I had to get behind her and shove her out of the way when someone needed to get into the building she had decided to stand in front of.
The shelter also acquired six kittens, it being kittening season for the legions of feral cats over here, two of which were immediately scooped up and taken to Seoul for a pet store. The rest, being slightly too young to climb the curtains and chase things, spent most of the afternoon sleeping and being cleaned by one of the resident cats who had decided to play parent.