About Us

Bringing Relief from Suffering

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.

BAWA is funded entirely by donations and relies heavily on a staff of dedicated volunteers.


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. BAWA runs the following programmes: 


24/7 Hotline and Ambulance
The BAWA Hotline receives around 60 calls every day and Bali’s only free animal ambulance service rescues and treats more than 1,000 animals in distress every year. It is our first response to emergencies in the fight against animal suffering in Bali.  Often these animals have broken bones, life-threatening viruses or other illnesses that require long stays in vet clinics. The Balinese may love their animal but often cannot afford the treatment, so we always need donations to pay for these services. 

Emergency Response and Rescue
BAWA responds to alerts of any animal in distress, from dogs and cats to civet cats, to monkeys, birds and others. Frequently these alerts relate to animals trapped in culverts or wells, kept in inhumane conditions in small cages, or dog fighting, the dog meat trade, and other forms of cruelty and neglect.  BAWA works investigating cases of cruelty and neglect, rescuing animals where possible, educating and working with owners to ultimately end the suffering.

Rehabilitation & Adoption Services
Once we have rescued, treated and helped an animal to recover, our challenge is to find and settle the animal into a permanent home. We currently have hundreds of animals under our care, all waiting for their forever home. We also run a robust foster program which helps socialize the animals and get them ready for their future homes. 

Humane Population Control
In Bali many unwanted animals are poisoned, shot, abused, left without food and water or are dumped and left to die. BAWA offers free spay/neuter services to achieve levels at which all dogs and cats can be adequately fed and cared for, free from suffering. All sterilised animals are vaccinated and treated against disease. Importantly, this process increases the population of immunised animals and reduces the prevalence of disease such as rabies. BAWA runs two full-time sterilization programs which include rabies vaccinations in partnership with the Government and medical treatment.

We believe that the only way to end cruelty and change the future is through education. BAWA’s team of teachers reached over 100,000 elementary school children in 2018-19, helping them to learn kindness and compassion for animals and how to be safe in the midst of Bali’s rabies epidemic. We also work with families and community leaders to slowly bring about a long term change in attitudes towards animals and animal welfare.

BAWA works with lawyers and lawmakers to improve laws and change attitudes towards animal welfare step by step. We were recently able to help Sanur Kaja village establish the first ever village regulation (Perdes) in Indonesia that bans dog cruelty, including poisoning, dumping of puppies and the dog meat trade. We now hope to use this Perdes as a model for other villages in Bali. 

Disaster Relief
Our teams are on the ground, providing emergency medical treatment and food for animals in the aftermath of earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions. BAWA is currently still working in the areas surrounding Mount Agung volcano, where we continue to travel to the most remote areas, medicating and feeding between 200 to 250 dogs and cats daily, in communities where the owners are still not in a position to care for their animals or the animals have no one to care for them.

Bali Animal Welfare Association’s work is funded entirely by donations.


For the Love of Animals

Bali Animal Welfare Association was founded by Janice Girardi, an American resident in Bali for more than 30 years, and leading Indonesian veterinarian Dr Dewa Made Dharma.

Janice has supported animal welfare projects in Bali for more than a decade and funds much of BAWA’s expanding work from her own resources. She lives in the Bali regency of Gianyar with her beloved rescued Bali dogs and various little creatures in need that check in for love and attention to prepare them for a better life.

Janice is very committed to saving and protecting the threatened indigenous Bali dog. The Bali dog is genetically unique, highly intelligent and of significance to science. It is at risk from indiscriminate killing and other cruelty, interbreeding and Bali’s invidious dog meat trade.

BAWA uses fully-trained vets supported by vet nurses and assistants.