Eschewing the usual sight-seeing – temples, palaces and paddy fields – the boy and I decided to visit somewhere that we would least expect ourselves to visit during a vacation. Dog shelters! There are plenty of dogs that have been left abandoned to fend for themselves in the streets of Bali – some subjected to physical abuse while others are left starving and searching for scraps.
While we don’t proclaim to be dog lovers (BUT we love Archie and Frosty), stray dogs is a topic that’s close to our hearts as Archie was once a stray puppy that has been abused by people and up till today, he still has a scar that remains near his neck.
For anyone who has a pet dog at home, you might like to take some time out of your itinerary to visit 1 of the 2 dog shelters located in Ubud. Remember, most of the dogs and puppies appreciate a little human company. A little donation goes a long way! 🙂
Bali Animal Welfare Association (BAWA)
“BAWA was founded by Janice Girardi, an American resident in Bali for over 30 years, and leading Indonesian veterinarian Dr Dewa Made Dharma.
The Bali Animal Welfare Association (BAWA) is a not-for-profit charity registered in Indonesia. Its mandate is to relieve suffering, control the population and improve the health of Bali’s street dogs while educating the local population in animal welfare.
BAWA supports a fully staffed clinic near Ubud, 24 hour animal ambulance, a mobile sterilization clinic, an education program, a puppy adoption program, plus a continually expanding range of community programs.”
BAWA Headquarters/Charity Shop
Jalan Monkey Forest 100X
“The Bali Adoption & Rehabilitation Centre (BARC) is a non-profit organization that has rescued, rehabilitated over 4,000 dogs and presently house over 120 rescued street dogs and puppies here in Bali.
We aim to relieve suffering, starvation, abuse and neglect of these animals with the help of volunteers, adoptions, sponsorship and donations.“
BARC Rehabilitation Centre
Br. Abiansemal, Lodtunduh