"This is how movements are born. This is how cultures are created.
One man and a single effort, it becomes a nation." -Marc Ching
If you think one person doesn't matter, have I got a story for you. I played a very small part, but it touched me to my core.
Several months ago, Marc Ching and his org (Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation) shared a story and photos of a beautiful black dog rescued from the dog meat trade in Cambodia. I was touched by the photo, and asked for permission to paint a portrait of it. I told them I would donate 100% of the sale to their org. They agreed; I posted the painting on a number of websites, and showed it at EAST last week. I hoped this sweet pup would find a loving home in the states, and that Marc and his family have some peace after his 9th rescue trip. It must take an awful toll to do that even once.
Well, apparently the dog has a name (Justice) and a very loving family now! Michelle Edwards (who lives in Oregon) adopted her, found me online, and shared these beautiful new photos of Justice. These are the happy endings (beginnings, actually!) that I live for! Thank you, Marc, and your small crew for making a huge difference in the world, one dog at a time! And thanks to Michelle and everyone else who adopts a rescue dog– through Animal Hope and Wellness, or through your local animal shelter.
One person can make a difference in the life of a dog. Many shelters are still kill centers.
Finally, please support Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation. www.animalhopeandwellness.org They are the best of us!
(the painting is on its way to Michelle and Justice, and 100% of the sale is being donated to Animal Hope and Wellness, so they can save more lives. Win, win, win!)
6/29/2018 01:21:34 pm
What a beautiful painting! I'm not really aware that dog meat trade is also prevalent in Cambodia. I thought it only happens in China. It's great that Yulin Festival was cancelled but I think many of them are still being tortured and killed for their meat. It's time that people show compassion to these loving and loyal animals who always prove that they are indeed man's best friend. Thanks to these brave people who rescue these dogs even if it means risking their own lives.
5/20/2019 02:16:01 am
hope you have a new happy life! so inspired story!
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