These 4 month old puppies were recently rescued from a dog meat slaughterhouse in Cambodia by the brave and incredible Marc Ching, from The Animal Hope & Wellness Foundation. Marc took 16 of the dogs he saved (including these two) to the Phnom Penh Animal Welfare Society (PPAWS), where they received vet checks and vaccinations from PPAWS vet Dr Chamnan. All of the dogs were young pups, and if they hadn’t been rescued by Marc, would’ve been killed in the most inhumane way, then sold off for $4 a kilo. None would still be alive today.
We met these two lucky cuties, Hero and Brucille with their amazing foster Mum Lucy at a Pup-Up Market event held at the Sofitel Hotel Phnom Penh. Thanks to Lucy’s love, they are learning to trust people and each day they discover more new joys, like playing. They loved lying on a big mound of sand in the Sofitel gardens, and Hero, the male tan puppy, thoroughly enjoyed sliding down it time and time again. Such a simple freedom.
The Sofitel has a community committee which gives back to different local charity organisations by hosting events and sharing the proceeds. Tisha from Edgar Allan Paw helped organise and run the event, and Phnom Penh Animal Welfare Society (PPAWS) will use the funds raised to assist them with the treatment of the 16 rescued dogs. We met some wonderful like minded people at the Pup-Up Market and it was an honour to meet Lucy, Dr Chamnan, and Tisha and to these pups.
Marc is currently in China working to save over 1000 dogs at the Yulin Festival. He is a man making a difference, standing before torture and death every day and putting his own safety on the line to save dogs. He cannot un-see the horrific sights he has witnessed, things you and I could not even comprehend – they are permanently burnt into his heart and soul. That takes a physical and emotional toll, but still he fights and pushes himself to do more. He is a hero.
If you support the shut down of the Yulin festival, please consider donating to Marc’s organisation http://www.animalhopeandwellness.org/donate/