I was reluctant to visit BAWA (Bali Animal Welfare Association) and my husband shared the sentiment – but I am so glad I went. My friends and family were worried that I would be too affected by the awful state that the dogs were bound to be in and didn’t want me to ruin my holiday. A valid concern but I am not one for closing my eyes and I wanted to see how the sanctuary operated. I often volunteer at dog shelters in Perth and if anything it would be an eye opener. Continue reading
I am not sure what it is about dogs but they have my heart and I feel forever changed after meeting some of the Bali dogs. Once the ‘Island of the Gods’ Bali has been unofficially renamed ‘Island of the Dogs’ and with a human population of four million and a canine population of 600,000 (some estimate one million) it is clear to see why. So why are the dogs of Bali such a massive problem? And is there any hope for these broken souls that guard the temples, get shipped off to Java for food and wander the busy streets?