Actress and comedian Awkwafina adopted a new dog!! The star revealed that she adopted a dog named Haeng-Un through working with Korean K9 Rescue, according to Yahoo! The sweet pup is joining Awkwafina’s other pet, Gus the cat.

She shared the news on Instagram. “Everyone, meet Haeng-Un Lum, new to America and the newest member of my family,” Awkwafina captioned photos and a video on her Instagram.

“I first heard of @koreank9rescue, and their incredible work saving dogs from the meat trade, high-kill shelters and puppy mills in South Korea,” she continued. “Without planning on adopting a pup, I knew that I wanted to support their mission that relies on donations and flight volunteers to keep going. I fell in love with this almost 3-year old nugget, and was truly moved by the care and hard work the organization does to protect these animals. Welcome to the family, Haeng-Un, I love you very much,” she added.


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The organization also shared their support on Instagram, “We are honored to have her join the @kk9ralumni crew, and are so grateful for her support. Our active alumni network is like a family, offering guidance, assistance, company, and even play dates for many of our pups. And we’re SO happy to welcome @awkwafina and Haeng-Un to the fam.”

According to In Defense of Animals, an estimated 2.5 million dogs are raised and killed each year for meat in South Korea. They are kept in cramped cages and get no exercise or medical care. Many pups are taken from the streets as well as from people’s homes. Read more about the dog meat trade in South Korea including the closing of a notorious market, dogs rescued from South Korea, how these rescue dogs found families in California, and an investigation inside the dog meat trade.

We encourage everyone thinking of getting a pet to adopt instead of shop. Read more resources about adopting animals on One Green Planet, including 7 Reasons to Adopt Your Next Furry Best Friend, 5 Reasons Why Everyone Should Adopt a Pet, and These Heartwarming Before and After Pictures of Adopted Rescue Animals Will Make Your Day! Read tips for pet adoptions and what to consider before adopting an animal. We recommend using these apps to find shelter dogs near you!

Sign this petition to end the dog meat trade in South Korea!

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