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These Pups Have Arrived In The U.S. After Being Rescued From A Dog Meat Farm

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These are the faces of dogs who have spent their entire lives in small cages, with a sad fate awaiting them.

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The dogs were being bred specifically for their meat at a farm in Islan, South Korea, where it's estimated 1 to 2 million dogs are consumed annually.

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At this farm, at least three dogs were kept in each small cage, exposed to South Korea's freezing winter temperatures. Most would be killed before their first birthday.

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"They live their entire lives there, never taken out of their cages, never handled by people," the Humane Society International's Kelly O'Meara told BuzzFeed News.

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In a first for the animal welfare group, the HSI made a deal to buy the dogs from the farm's owner, who was keen to close his doors for good, pull down his cages, and try his hand at blueberry farming.

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Twenty-three dogs at the farm would be transported to the U.S. to begin new lives... and they seemed pretty happy at the news.

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They gave high-fives in celebration.

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They shook hands with their rescuers.

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And, in the traditional puppy greeting of love, booped noses.

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Soon it was time to break free from their cages...

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...and into transport cases to begin their journey to the land of the free.

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Still time for a quick hug.

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Load up those flight cases!

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You pups have a plane to catch!

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Off to the airport in Seoul!

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Don't worry, little guy! This time the cage is just temporary.

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Ready to board!

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One last hug before take-off!

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Touch down! The first 12 dogs landed safely at Washington Dulles International Airport yesterday afternoon, and the others are due in late today.

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Some looked a little jet lagged from their long flight.

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But there were well-wishers there to greet them.

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"It was wonderful to finally have them here," O'Meara said. "It's been a big, long logistical planning exercise trying to get the paperwork, plus the negotiations with the farmer. This is the icing on the cake."

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"There were many wagging tails and lots of licks," she said. "It was the first time they've felt comfort and warmth from people."

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"It's a whole new world for them, and certainly a much better one," O'Meara added.

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The pups then traveled to a shelter in Alexandria, Virginia, where they'll be looked after for the time being.

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Any behavioral problems will be examined...

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And it's hoped that all the dogs will find new homes.

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In the meantime, there's time to explore...

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And adjust to life in the U.S., which means lots of treats!

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And lots of love....

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And new friends.

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Welcome home, pups!

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