On the first day of June, a lazy Sunday afternoon, I rode Subway Line 2 to Daemyeong Station. Took Exit 4, walked straight half a block, and I saw this entrance on the left.
If you walk through, past the car washes, you'll find it: The Korean Animal Protection Society (KAPS) dog shelter.
When you walk inside, the first thing you'll hear is a noisy welcome from the stacked cages. The dogs are so excited to see you!
Daegu KAPS organizes a dog walk at the Daemyeong shelter approximately once per month. The date and time are announced on their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/KAPSAnimals).
The group walk attracts a diverse group of animal lovers, both Korean and foreign. Kids are welcome to come too. That day there were teachers, soldiers, office workers and students who came together to volunteer their time.The dogs waited patiently for the humans to get ready to walk.
There were more volunteers than healthy dogs that day, so some people choose to stay behind to play with the newly arrived dogs who were not able to join the walk. After a brief orientation by the dedicated KAPS organizers, the walking group began it's jaunt down the street towards Duryu Park. The happy dogs pulled on their leashes, ecstatic for the chance to stretch their short little legs.
The parade of dogs walked through the crowds at Duryu Park, much to the amusement of fellow park-goers.
The walk lasted just over an hour, with one water break for the dogs at a fountain in Duryu Park. After a final group photo, we headed back to the shelter with our hot dogs.
Once volunteers have participated in a group walk, they are welcome to return on their own to take dogs for a walk. The Korean staff can assist you with finding healthy dog to take for a walk, and they will show you where to sign the dogs out.
I found dog walking to be a fun and rewarding way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon in Daegu. Hope you can join us next time!
[Daegu KAPS(The Korean Animal Protection Society)]
-Address: 1623-62, Daemyeong-dong, Nam-gu, Daegu
-Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/KAPSAnimals