FOUNDER & PACK LEADER
Well, first let me say, I had no idea exactly WHAT I was doing or what my action would lead to. Back in 2005 I found myself picking up lost, abandoned suffering pups, and took them one by one to my humble abode. I wished I didn’t have to see this awful situation. I wished I could just shut my eyes like thousands of other’s do. I am rebellious, rude, angry and stubborn, but my heart is full of love for humanity and our animal friends.
I worked with another foundation, but they didn’t have the resources relative to the huge task we were facing. We needed a facility to rehabilitate the many dogs that were victims of abuse and neglect. So I decided to take action!
I wanted to set up a centre that could offer a safe, humane and sterile environment for my furry friends or at least a humane process of putting them out of their misery. I had no finances, no resources and no volunteers, but I did know how to stretch a dollar. BARC began on a wing and a prayer and faith in an all encompassing compassionate power.
I searched for the ideal location and came across an abandoned gallery in Ubud. With my small income from the Traditional Chinese Medicine clinic I ran, I began to work on awakening my dream. For further funds I had regular painting exhibitions in gallery’s successfully selling enough work to continue.
We have been operating for over 10 years now and it’s an absolute miracle. We are not regularly funded but rely on the donations, dog sponsorship and support of many generous individual people who see us worthy.
I have witnessed many horrific cases of animal cruelty and neglect, but from small sad beginnings we have nurtured and cared for many broken souls and created a happy outcome.
We now have so many wonderful stories. It brings me much joy to know dogs such as Kanga, Charlie and Flipper, Harry, Charlie, Bobby and many more now live in wonderful loving homes with regular food in their bowls.
Since the inception of BARC we have endeavoured to educate the community to respect the Bali dogs. Humans domesticated the wolf, we made them part of our family, so our obligation is to protect them, as they protect us. Here dogs are beaten, bullied, abused, eaten, dumped, abandoned and starved. The list goes on.
In 2009 the Balinese Government released a rabies outbreak fear campaign ( it’s them or us) resulting in mass slaughter of thousands of beach, bush and privately owned dogs. Most of the dogs killed were not infected. This campaign is till going on today – with random rolling culling being undertaken across the island. We encourage a humane solution, and want to put active laws in place to protect all animals. (Read about our Dog Squad here)
We also run an education program to stop the inhumane behavior toward animals. (Read about our Education Program here)
In the past 10 years we have healed, sterilized and cared for thousands and thousands of our four legged friends, and adopted them to good families who have been strictly screened and approved for adoption. We have an average of 300 dogs at any one time!
In October of 2012 the lease on our main housing facility in Ubud expired. We secured a piece of land in Tabanan which is a safe and secure facility that we are developing to be a safe haven for all our rescue animals. This will be Bali’s first multi species sanctuary, and will be known as “Warriors legacy”. It is currently home to 60 of our most un-adoptable adult dogs, 2 blind recuse horses, two rescue pigs. We have just completed construction of a state of the art all natural, open air jungle monkey enclosure for our rescued monkeys. This project remain ongoing and we are still trying to raise money to finish development.