80 dogs RESCUED from a South Korean dog meat farm

The Eric S. Margolis Family Foundation has proudly been a long time supporter of Humane Society International/Canada and the valuable work they do around the world. When the foundation was approached to assist with the rescue of 80 dogs from a South Korean dog meat farm, there was no hesitation. The request was urgent and we knew critical to the outcome we all wanted.

Foundation head Eric Margolis commented: 
“There was no time to lose, we had to help get those innocent dogs to freedom, with medical help and facilities to house the animals all waiting for them in Canada. Not to mention an outpouring of love and compassion. Another outstanding example of teamwork lead by HSI Canada“ 
Dana Margolis travelled to Montreal to greet the dogs along with photographer and animal lover Ryan Emberley.
“ I felt so many emotions on my visit ... but nothing could top witnessing a mother reunited with her pups .. instant awareness, happiness and love. It is a reminder that animals feels all the emotions humans feel .. terror, loss, abandonment, love. I witnessed all positive emotions on my visit as these dogs were finally free,  being looked after and above all being loved. What a joy it was” 
Dana Margolis

Please visit the link below to view the HSI/Canada press release focusing on this rescue. 

Olympian Gus Kenworthy reunites with Beemo, the puppy he is adopting from a South Korean dog meat farm

We have also included the images from Dana’s visit to Montreal to meet with the HSI/Canada team and many of the rescued animals.

All images: Ryan Emberley.

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Canada Bound: One Ending Leads to a New beginning For Two Lucky Husky DogS

 Team Dog Rescue 

 Team Dog Rescue 

Toronto Canada - Toronto’s Billy Bishop Airport was the final stop on what has been a long and at sometimes dangerous journey for two Husky dogs. Lucy and Loki were part of a group of 13 animals rescued from an abandoned zoo in Aleppo Syria. Their at times clandestine journey took them through the borders of  Syria, Turkey and Jordan.

A brief stay in Amman and onward to Canada and a new home.

Well known businessman and journalist Eric Margolis was instrumental in privately backing the first leg of this odyssey, recalling that:

“Among the 13 captive shell-shocked animals that we rescued two months ago from war-torn Aleppo were two strapping husky dogs. These dogs had undergone the same miseries and fear as the other animals trapped in cages as battles raged around them.

Four Paws International, the superb animal rescue charity, managed to rescue these dogs along with the lions, tigers, bears and hyenas also trapped”

Margolis’s ongoing support allowed the dogs to receive much needed medical care before being flown to Canada.

On arrival in Toronto Margolis’ Canadian based foundation went into high gear to see that the dogs were welcomed and looked after.

Care was handed over to Ontario based animal charity Team Dog Rescue , who will oversee the next chapter for Lucy and Loki.

“Whatever medical needs they have will be dealt with and a canine expert for socialization will help ensure that Lucy and Loki are soon ready for adoption with a loving family. The Eric S. Margolis Family Foundation’s goal is to help animals in distress. It is something I want to do and will do for as long as I can. Team work across borders, continents and oceans brought all of the original Aleppo 13 to safety and new lives.”

Next up is a Canadian winter, the best place for two brave huskies.



Mary Symons

Mary Symons



Born out of a love of animals, humanity and nature, THE ERIC S. MARGOLIS FAMILY FOUNDATION has been established to support and nurture these vital elements.

The mandate of the foundation is threefold:

  • To support organizations worldwide, who provide a natural sanctuary for abused, neglected and abandoned animals, both wild and domesticated.
  • To support the advocacy work of organizations worldwide, who rally for more stringent animal cruelty laws and subsequent penalties.
  • To support organizations worldwide, whose main focus is to help animals, both wild and domesticated, who may be in immediate distress.

Eric and Dana Margolis share a passion for animals and their wellbeing. This passion forms the basis of the Eric S. Margolis Family Foundation.

After decades spent supporting a myriad of animal welfare organizations at home and abroad, Eric and Dana decided to formalize their support into a foundation that could also bring further awareness to the plight of so many innocent creatures around the globe.

The foundation is governed by a board of directors. The scope continues to global but with an emphasis on Canadian based charitable organizations that fall within the mandate of the foundation.

Eric Margolis is a veteran journalist and author. He has covered numerous conflicts around the world as a correspondent and witnessed much suffering.

“I have never been able to witness the suffering of helpless animals who have no voice to express their pain, fears, loneliness and being wrenched away from family. We share all these emotions with animals – and they with us.”  - Eric Margolis

Eric and Dana, will continue to support organizations that fall under the pillars of the foundation and in addition will focus on issues such as

  • Mass factory farming, which kills millions of animals a year
  • The fight to end the massacre of elephants and rhinos in Africa
  • The fight to end animal testing

The Foundation will establish relationships with like-minded organizations and with those, who love animals, to support their ongoing work.

“I cannot perform miracles, but I can do many small things with great love”  - Mother Theresa of Calcutta