CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Dogs bred for slaughter in South Korea are getting a new chance at life in the Charlottesville area.

The Charlottesville-Albemarle Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, in partnership with Humane Society International, rescued a number of dogs from a South Korean dog meat farm.

This international rescue mission saved 200 dogs that would have been killed for human consumption in South Korea.

“When you see the conditions that these dogs are living in, it is horrifying,” Angie Gunter, the director of the CASPCA, said.

Now, five of those puppies are at the CASPCA waiting to find their new home.

“Oh, the staff is absolutely loving having these puppies here, they're staying in the upstairs office and I see staff sneaking off to go play with them all the time,” Moriah Good, a CASPCA staff member, said.

These dogs were living in horrific conditions in South Korea where it's legal to eat them, but illegal to keep them in such awful conditions.

“It's a shock, it's a cultural shock, right, it's so different from what we do in the United States,” Gunter said.

The puppies are now waiting to find their forever homes in the Charlottesville area.

“I have a soft spot for the - there's a little brown one that's really friendly, that one's my favorite,” Good said. “They're getting lots of cuddles, play time, and lots of attention from everyone."

Now that they’re at the shelter, the puppies are getting lots of human interaction and playtime all day long.

But all of the attention is not just on these new arrivals.

“It's a win-win,” Gunter said. “I consider these puppies ambassadors for all the animals here. It creates more foot traffic, and as a result we have more adoptions for our dogs and cats.”

It may be difficult to say goodbye, but staff say they're excited for these pups to find a loving home in central Virginia.

“It's definitely going to be a little bittersweet to see them go, but we're always happy to see our animals placed into loving homes,” Good said.

The puppies will be available for adoption starting Saturday, October 13, at the CASPCA.