Before I tell you more about our goals and missions, let me introduce myself. I’m Desy and I am the founder of our NGO bali paws.
Bali paws is the reason why we created Batu Bali in the first place. But before we get there, let walk down memory lane a little…
I moved to Bali almost a decade ago. A few years after enjoying all the beauty (and parties) this magical island has to offer I found a tiny dumped puppy in the trash who needed help. I scooped her up and rushed her to the nearest vet clinic.
Little did I know that taking care of this sick puppy would change my life completely.
Suddenly my sister and I we found more and more dogs who needed help. Dumped puppies in rivers, in plastic bags, Rice fields, on the side of the road… you name it. Pass forward a bit and I found myself living together with my sister and 35+ under one roof while continue to work our “normal jobs”.
As you can imagine the monthly (vet) costs were hard to cover and aside from financial help we also needed to extend our pool of possible new adopters for all the dogs we were taking in.
Long story short: Bali paws was born. Since 6 years we have been rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming dogs here in Bali. Over time we grew and added a few members to our team and even rented a house for the pups. It’s not a shelter in the classic sense so therefore we call it: the puppy house. Our rescues live there together with two of our team members, go on daily beach walks and we basically prepare them for their future until they are ready to leave us and move to their furever families.
That all might sound nice and it for sure changed the life of hundreds of dogs over the years but we came to the realization that that’s just not enough! Rescuing is just not enough. It’s like putting a band aid on the actual issue: unwanted and therefore dumped & sick puppies.
But how can we fix this problem?
Well, there are a few issues we need to do tackle.
1. Mass sterilization days:
Spaying and neutering would reduce the the population. Call me a dreamer but hopefully that will reduce the number of dumped babies Which eventually leads to less dogs who need rescuing.
There are many (contagious) diseases that can be prevented by simply vaccinating the dogs. Also: RABIES! Yes! Rabies outbreaks are still a big issue in Bali and also the reason wby and how the government justifies the mass culling of (healthy) dogs.
We might not be able to change the older generations view on (stray) dogs but we believe that we can change how
children see dogs by showing them how to behave around dogs if they are scared for example and how amazing and awesome it is to have a (bali) dog in their lives.
If the next generation would actually like Bali dogs, the dogs life quality here on the Island would improve so much.
In theory this sounds nice, but how to execute these plans in reality? How to get enough fundings for these expensive projects?
Well, like always in life, if you want to change something you can’t sit around and wait for it to happen, because that might never will.
Buy a bracelet and help Bali dogs in need
But I needed help, so I got together with my friends and we came up with a plan…and a product:
Batu Bali was born – beautiful and hand made bracelets from Bali .. donate our profits to Bali Paws.
We created Batu Bali to give dogs in Bali a chance for a (better) life - and you can help us. With every bracelet sold, you directly support Bali Paws and help give a dog a chance for a better life. We provide food, medical care and shelter to those, who need it the most.