We at Embrayce wanted to share with you a story about an incredible Christchurch girl Alanah who helps to rehabilitate dogs in Bali.
Any of you who know the Embrayce staff know we are crazy about dogs ...Tania owns two little dogs one being a pound rescue, Robyn's little Westie has fast become the face of Embrayce as she was the star in our last advertising photo shoot, and Jo does volunteer work at dog watch here in christchurch.
When we all heard about the work Alanah has been doing we all admired her dedication and passion for man's best friend. We want to help give back, so far with our generous clients, we have donated $300. As a thank you to all of you who helped us with the last donation this is Alanah's story.
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About twelve years ago I was on holiday in Bali visiting Ubud. I saw a sign hand painted on a concrete wall that said ‘I love Bali Dogs’ and I went inside. It was the old BARC shelter where about 60 dogs were housed. Many had; three legs, no fur and were all desperate for attention and love. The plight of Bali dogs really affected me. The Bali dog is not a mongrel, it’s an actual breed found only here in Bali. They are most closely related to the Australian Dingo, with their DNA a combination of the Dingo, Chow Chow and Akita.
When I left the shelter I was crying and I thought about the dogs for a long time. I wanted to do what I could from NZ and raised money and then, for about the next 8 years I came here on holiday, back then my time at BARC was only a few days or a week or two. After I sorted my earthquake strikes home (It took forever, as I am sure you know) I left Brighton and the nearby red zone and decided to travel for a bit and have four months at BARC. That was 19 months ago and I am still here, I never made it to Europe, largely because I fostered my first Bali dog 'Sari'.
BARC is one of two main animal welfare organisations on the island with over 350 animals, mostly dogs. We have approximately 200 adult dogs which of course are always harder to adopt, lots of puppies, three rescued pigs who were saved from sacrifice, two rescued ex-rubbish horses and about 35 monkeys in an open air sanctuary. We receive about 90 new animals a month.
BARC works hard with local people. We run three adoption days a week, with two in local villages. Today we adopted 7 dogs, including two adults! We help local people with free or donation based medicine, vaccines and sterilisations and run village sterilisations when we have the funding. We have 30 Indonesian staff, one Australian and two long term volunteers and only operate on donations.
We also run an education programme in schools and orphanages. Sari, my dog, is the Education Dog. I’m a proud mama! She goes off with her Boss, our education guy Dika with her little red BARC coat on riding on the front of the scooter. We also work with local authorities and run a program to try and close down dog meat restaurants. Approximately 100,000 are eaten in Bali each year.
Volunteering at BARC has changed my life, who I am as a person and what is important to me. I’ve met some amazing people and have made life long friends. But sadly, you also see the best and worst of people and of course, the best and worst of what can happen to animals.
Thank you so much for your support. It means a lot to me.
(All images have been taken from Sari's Instagram account)
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