Our very first blog entry! We've been wanting to set this up for a while but just haven't found the time to do so, but finally, here we are!
Our first blog entry is about our recent trip to Bali.
As I was walking around the streets of Ubud one night, I came across a dog sleeping on the steps of a shop. Naturally, I made my way to this dog as I wanted to instinctually pet it! To my surprise, there was a sign next to the dog that said "DO NOT DISTURB THE SLEEPING DOG". This instantly caught my attention and as I looked up, I saw that this wasn't a store at all, but instead a non-profit rescue office called BAWA. Unfortunately, the office was closed at this time since it was around 9PM, but I made it a point to visit the following day and I did just that!
Here's a little about them:
BAWA, Bali Animal Welfare Association (Click Here)
Bali Animal Welfare Association (BAWA) is a non-profit organisation based in Bali, Indonesia. BAWA works to save, protect and improve the lives of all animals in Bali and beyond.
BAWA directly relieves the suffering of animals by providing emergency response and rescue, food and medication, rehabilitation and adoption. BAWA practices humane population control, disease control and runs intensive education and advocacy programs for sustainable improvement to animal welfare now and into the future.
BAWA will respond to alerts of any animal in distress – from snakes to dolphins. A key focus is Bali’s Heritage Dog – the island’s genetically unique street dog that is under threat.
Not for Profit
Founded in 2007 by Janice Girardi, BAWA works every day to relieve the suffering and save the lives of animals. BAWA is a non-profit organisation registered in Indonesia to work for better animal welfare.
Bali’s only free 24/7 animal ambulance service
Free sterilisation & vaccination programs
Daily Street feeding
Foster and adoption programs
Education in schools & communities
Advocacy for better animal welfare
Bali Animal Welfare Association’s work is funded entirely by donations.
BAWA is funded entirely by donations and relies heavily on a staff of dedicated volunteers.
Upon meeting with the staff, I learned a bit more about them. They are truly a non-profit organization and even the lady I was speaking too was just volunteering there! They are short-staffed but they do their best to make it work!
We also DONATED while we were there! 2000PHP went to BAWA and we hope it goes a long way! Bali has the same economy as Philippines, so we hope it makes a difference. We are looking for a more stable way of helping in the next few months, so stay tuned!
Check out a few of my snippets while I was there. I couldn't get a full photo of the shop though as the streets of Bali is extremely busy with motorbikes, so I grabbed one off google! Believe it or not, the same dog from the google image, is the same dog I also came across with!