SHERMAN OAKS, Calif. — Since learning about the Yulin meat festival in August 2015, Marc Ching, has almost lost his life three times in an attempt to save as many dogs as he could. Having heard about the dog meat festival through social media, Ching felt the need to go to Asia himself and investigate the situation first hand. When he arrived, he immediately recognized that there were many dogs in dire need of his help. Ching founded the Animal Hope & Wellness Foundation.
Now the animal activist has travelled to China, South Korea and North Vietnam, where he has risked his life everyday while trying to save dogs from the underground meat trade. To-date Ching has rescued 249 dogs. Ching reveals that when he’s on these trips, he goes undercover as a meat buyer and brings a van with him that he fills up with as many dogs as he can. After buying the dogs from the trade, he rushes them to veterinarians in surrounding areas who help him. Ching also attempts to record the abuse and torture that the dogs are exposed to, on these missions. His hope is that he can help to put an end to the meat trade by spreading awareness. Ching believes, “as people throughout the world become more aware of the abuse linked to dog meat, hearts will turn and laws will change.”
The Animal Hope & Wellness Foundation is based in California but aims to help both local dogs and dogs in Asia. Ching says they focus on rescuing abused dogs, rehabilitating them and then finding them forever homes. For the most part, Ching tries to rescue the dogs who need it most, like the ones who have had their limbs cut off. The organization also runs a ‘victim adoption program,’ which pairs abused dogs with people who have gone through some sort of trauma. Predominately, the dogs get paired with victims of abuse and rape. To learn more about Ching’s organization follow this link.