I see dogs suffering everyday and it breaks my heart. Seeing dogs get hit by passing scooters, having no one to love them, no food or water or shelter, no family to love in return.
Before we arrived in Bali my mum mentioned to me that there are many street dogs. But when we arrived we found that there weren’t as many as we expected. We asked around to find out what happened to all the street dogs and we were told that in the governments attempt to eradicate rabies they had shot or poisoned many of the stray dogs.
Street dogs are still around, you will see them when you visit Bali. You can always tell they are street dogs because they’re so skinny and you can see their ribs, their fur is mangy, you’ll see them rummaging for food and they are scared of people. If you approach a street dog they will usually cringe and move away from you.
Every night I feed a dog called Ronnie who lives in my gang (alley). When we first moved here he was so skinny and looked like he was close to dying. Now after a few weeks of feeding him he’s looking better than ever. Ronnie is the red dog in the photo with the orange collar around his neck, which means he’s had the rabies injection.
The other day I went for a run, and I saw something very distressing. A dog, about six months old that had an awful, massive gash in his neck. It looked like someone had actually gotten an axe and hit him in the back of the neck, it was a big long, deep open wound (as you will see in the photo). He looked like he would die if he wasn't treated soon.
Luckily I had my phone on me so I took a photo of him. Then when I got home I showed it to mum and we emailed it to BAWA.
Here in Bali when you see an injured animal or any animal that needs help you can call BAWA!!!
BAWA stands for Bali Animal Welfare Association. They are a non-profit organisation based in Bali whose work is solely based on saving animals lives, especially dogs. They will help any dog whether it’s a stray dog or a dog that belongs to a Balinese family. Their treatment is free.
"BAWA works to save, protect and improve the lives of all animals in Bali and beyond. BAWA is funded entirely by donations and relies heavily on a staff of dedicated volunteers."
If you love animals and you want to do something to help the street dogs of Bali, then you might want to donate some money to BAWA or do a a little event with your fiends or family to raise money for BAWA. I am sure that BAWA would be happy to send you photos of the dogs that you were able to help. I’ll link BAWA's website down below if you’d like to contact them.