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Founded in 2011 by leading animal activist Marc Ching, The Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation (AHWF) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is focused solely on rescuing abused and neglected animals, providing full rehabilitation services and, ultimately, working to help find them their fur-ever families. The news-making non-profit recently expanded its reach globally, in 2015, to include rescuing dogs from the horrific Asian Dog Meat Trade.
Once learning about the brutal practice of torturing dogs before slaughtering them for meat during the Yulin Dog Meat Festival in China, out of the misguided cultural belief that tormented dog meat tastes better or can provide health benefits, Ching knew that his life would never be the same; but fortunately, neither would the lives of thousands of dogs he has and continues to rescue with each mission he takes to the battlegrounds in Asia.
Already unique in the animal welfare non-profit world, Ching quickly realized that the AHWF would have to do far more than fundraise at home to help save victims, suffering thousands upon thousands of miles away, at the evil hands of the Asian Dog Meat Trade.
So just as Ching, a renowned holistic nutritionist and herbalist, does not believe in a one-recipe-for-all philosophy while treating patients with a variety of ailments at his natural pet food wellness company, The PetStaurant, located in Sherman Oaks, CA, he instead customized a strategic plan of attack.
Posing as a wealthy American buyer looking to purchase dogs in Asia to exterminate himself, Ching goes undercover to slaughterhouses and secretly videotapes the torture as innocent dogs are dismembered, burned alive, electrocuted, crucified and nail gunned into walls and more.
A dangerous feat, Ching has often found himself on the other side of guns, machetes, fists and other life-threatening intimidation methods while on these grueling rescue trips.
Yet while sometimes beaten, but not broken, Ching remains dedicated to the 30 million dogs that The Humane Society estimates are killed across Asia every year as part of the industry, with an estimated 10 million killed in China alone.
Ching and the foundation work tirelessly to rescue as many dogs as possible to bring to California where they are then rehabilitated, loved and, when the time is right, put up for adoption. For some of the abused dogs, a new life means healing alongside someone who has been through trauma themselves. Therefore, Ching’s Animal Hope & Wellness Foundation is also unique in that it runs a victim adoption program in the United States that matches people who have been through horrific crimes with a dog who has also experienced, and survived, its own type of abusive situation.
By raising awareness of the brutal torture methods, Ching and the AHWF aim to expose the world to the unimaginable anguish that these dogs endure in order to enact change and force the government to create laws to protect these precious animals from this unfounded, barbaric and cruel tradition.
The cost to save these dogs ranges between $2000.00 and $5000.00 each. The medical bills are extensive with the dogs needing hospitalization for weeks along with preparing them and shipping them here to safety.
Donations to AHWF help to save lives that would suffer a fate so dark that death itself would be a welcomed escape.
When not on the frontline saving dogs from the Dog Meat Trade in Asia, Ching is busy with the AHWF rescuing, rehabilitating and re-homing abused and neglected dogs throughout Greater Los Angeles. The foundation also maintains the website www.reportanimalabuse.org where concerned citizens can leave tips regarding possible cases of local animal abuse, which Ching then personally investigates. Ching and his team are also called upon to help by numerous local animal shelters when they have an animal abuse case that comes in.