And still, three close calls with death won't stop him from doing what he does. The Founder of Animal Hope & Wellness Foundation does it because he believes that “There is no larger gift then [sic] saving. No larger deed then [sic] giving a part of who you are…”.
Here is a man with a family: a wife and two young kids. Each trip he takes to save helpless animals from the darkest parts of the world gets increasingly dangerous. And even though he knows each kiss goodbye to his loved ones may be the last, he is resolute—his passion reignited, his mission clearer. Marc says:
"I cannot change who I have become. And I am sorry if that seems selfish. But in life - few people get a chance to really give. Few people get a moment in which, who we are can change the entire world.
I believe that in death, my work will be honored. I believe that in death, the dogs I sacrifice my heart to save, that they will find salvation. If God asked me to give my one beating life. To bury it. To bleed who I am into the world for a cause bigger then myself.
If there were ranks for animal rights activists based on grit and selflessness, this man would be in the top tier comprised of those who risk their lives and emotional health by being on the front lines as rescuers, anti-poachers or undercover investigators. They witness what many of us can barely stomach to see in videos and pictures, or even read about. They see the cruelest, most soulless parts of humanity where greed, sadism and depravity intersect.
After witnessing the horrors of yet another rescue mission, Marc writes on his animal organization's Facebook page:
"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."
If you browse through The Animal Hope & Wellness Foundation's Facebook page, you’ll see that Marc is also quite the wielder of words. His posts feel like glimpses into his poetic, private journal. His writing can draw tears just as much as the heartbreaking pictures and videos he posts of his rescue missions: a dog cowering against a tree while a man takes the blunt side of an axe to his/her head; a snow-white dog speckled with bright red blood, the source of his/her injuries unknown; a dog being hung alive, and dogs dumped into a vat of water, left to drown—a paw reaching out into the air desperately seeking a helping hand.
While Marc's heroism and selfless acts are inspiring, his words can also serve as a powerful force for change. He isn't just a hero for dogs, he's a hero for humanity.
Here’s something to leave you with, and I hope those who read this can strive to live by this daily:
“In my life I talk about legacy. In my life I talk about sacrifice. I talk about change. I talk about giving - because if we all just gave a little. If we all just gave little pieces of our hearts to those who need it, the world would be such a different place. And sadness, only a thing found on the screen in movies.” - Marc Ching