Posted on January 15, 2019


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Thank you so very much for all of your support during the past year; it has enabled us to save and improve the lives of many, many animals in Bali and beyond. We’d like to share with you some highlights of BAWA’s accomplishments in 2018.

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A pioneering moment in 2018 was when Programme Dharma (a collaboration between BAWA, Udayana University, and IFAW) successfully launched the first ever village dog meat regulation in Indonesia. This completely forbids the sale and consumption of dog meat, poisoning dogs, discarding dogs and cruelty in its entirety. This first village regulation in Desa Sanur Kaja will be the stepping stone for other villages in Bali and beyond to follow with their own regulations and work towards completely eliminating the dog meat trade.




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With our partners Udayana University and IFAW, we continued to runProgram Dharma in Sanur, successfully showing that community engagement is the best way to develop healthy dog communities, including achieving rabies control. We were able to expand the already successful program further into Jagapati village, Badung, at the end of 2018. We have high hopes that this new Badung program will foster positive attitudes towards animal welfare, and instigate change for the future health of both humans and dogs in Bali.

2018 was a very challenging year for our disaster response teams, with the ongoing situation at the Mount Agung volcano in Bali, the earthquakes in Lombok causing mass destruction, and the earthquake and horrific tsunami in Sulawesi.

Mount Agung Volcano


Lombok Earthquakes

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The BAWA teams travelled through the hardest hit areas of Lombok for months, rescuing animals from destroyed buildings, rushing the severely injured to vet clinics, feeding starving animals and providing medical treatment for all. We continue to make visits and monitor the situation.

Sulawesi Earthquakes and Tsunami

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The BAWA teams spent over a month in Sulawesi, rescuing countless animals in need of urgent medical attention and found many others without food and water. BAWA helped set upthe rehab centre including installing the new water system and trained the local carer who works there. We moved unowned dogs/cats that we found in damaged areas where they could not have survived and put them into the rehab centre, providing treatment, food, and thenrehomed them when possible.