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Founder Marc Ching

Marc Ching, Founder and CEO

One man. One movement. Thousands of rescued dogs being given a second chance at life.

A man of many layers and immeasurable heart and compassion, noted holistic nutritionist and leading animal activist Marc Ching is leaving an indelible print in the world of animal and, most recently, dog wellness and rescue. 

As the founder of The Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation (AHWF), 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, Ching has not only uncovered the harsh realities of animal abuse, but changed the face of animal rescue throughout the world.

After founding AHWF in 2011, as an appendage to his already thriving natural pet food and wellness company, The PetStaurant, Ching expanded the foundation’s 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, 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. 

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 of innocent dogs. 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 gruelling 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.

By raising awareness, Ching and the AHWF aim to expose the world to the unimaginable anguish and suffering 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.

Ching’s heroic efforts have not gone unnoticed by the more than one million people and fans who follow his inspiring yet dangerous plight on social media. Now a headline grabbing animal activist, Ching has been the subject of stories and profiles on many prestigious media outlets including CNN, CBS News, ABC News, Entrepreneur, The New York Daily News, The Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, The Dodo and more.

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 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.  

A 4th generation Japanese herbalist and marcobiologist, Ching can also be found improving the quality of lives of pets at The PetStaurant, his Sherman Oaks, CA based animal nutrition, wellness and prevention one-stop-shop that is built on the belief that our pets are a part of our family.

While most veterinarians often only provide a band-aid, such as unnecessary medication, Ching and the PetStaurant use dietary changes, herbs, and homeopathy to cure ailments and help animals suffering from diseases as well as enhance the lives of healthy pets by strengthening their immune system, helping them fight off infection and grow healthier bones.

 A Message from Marc

When I die, I want to die knowing that I was the best person I could possibly be. That I reached out. That I did what I could. That with the hands I have and my time here, that I breathed life into those that could not breathe for themselves.

There is so much suffering in the world. I see it everyday. I hold it in my hands when I rescue the torture cases that I do. I pull it close to my chest when I save dogs who are broken and abused.

And I do not get it. Why there is so much hate in the world. Why whole wars are waged over beliefs and religion. Why people bomb and hold mass killings.

As a people and as a race, I wonder how evolution has not reached certain parts of humanity. I wonder how people are bound by a culture that has only collected dust, like a book left upon a shelf.

I wonder how as we learn and as we become more sensitive creatures, how cruelty still exists throughout the world.

In the Tongzhou province of China, I ventured into a slaughterhouse run by a small community. There were dogs, cats, rabbits, and fear that perspirated off the walls with such intensity, that fear itself looked too afraid to face death and die there alone.

When my soul pierced into this dark hole, my heart bled through my eyes crumbling to the soil beneath me. I cannot even put into words what I saw. I cannot even use the ink in my pen to paint upon the ground. To describe what it is like seeing living creatures chained to tables with their organs exposed.

Screaming. Some without feet.

Some with no eyes.

Still alive… screaming.

I asked, why not kill them first? He said its culture, and that they have been doing it the same way for years.

Slavery used to be culture. Lynchings, hangings – culture. But as we learned, as the human heart grew in size and grandeur, history became the past. History became a bridge that taught us not what to do, but how to do better.
I told this man, the greatest thing in the world, is not found in death. It is found in breathing life into others. There is only blood in death. Only destruction. No love. No hope. Only nothingness.

His face was a blank stare. My gift, a poem to eyes that could not comprehend, or maybe did not care.

I rescued all the dogs I could and whomever was strong enough to survive transport. Saved three cats, and released a pair of the rabbits down by a river. The tortured that died there, I pressed my lips to their skin and shed tears with the hope that in the darkness – they knew they were not alone.

The greatest gift in life, is not death – it is breathing life into those that cannot breathe for themselves. In all my weakness. In all my failures as a man. In all my wishing that who I am was stronger. At least I understand and know this one thing…

The greatest gift in life is giving.

My heart is dedicated to those around me. And if I learned anything from my journey back into that dark night – it is to try to be the best human being I can possibly be. We should all breathe into those around us, because that’s all it takes to change things. One breath.

And giving.

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