The Bali Animal Welfare Association (BAWA) recently received a valuable donation of equipment to aid it in its charitable work of relieving the suffering and improve the health of Bali’s street dogs.
Because of funding provided by Australian Georgia Sakrzewski and the Sydney-based company The Interview Group, the 24-hour BAWA animal clinic in Ubud now has a motorbike ambulance standing by for rapid dispatch to bring injured and sick animals back to the attentive veterinary staff standing by at its Ubud facility.
In making the donation, both Sakrzewski and The Interview Group were motivated by the fact that they had recently lost much-loved canine companions and shared a knowledge of the continuing plight of Bali’s Street Dogs.
Georgia, who purchased the vehicle, now known as “Lily’s Ambulance,” explained her motivations:
"Five years ago, I adopted a neglected puppy, Lily. She grew into a loving and wildly mischievous dog. When she died recently under tragic circumstances, I wanted to do something special to honor her memory."
Georgia continued; “I have long admired BAWA’s work, and when I discovered that they needed a donated motorbike ambulance to expand their rescue services, I couldn't think of a more perfect tribute to Lily. Knowing that many animals will be helped through the act of honoring Lily has provided me with unexpected peace and joy. To anyone experiencing a dark time, I would highly recommend performing an act of kindness as a way to bring light to yourself and the world around you.”
BAWA corporate supporters The Interview Group have provided funds for the operational costs of the life-saving ambulance bike were also moved to assist BAWA by the loss of a pet. The Interview Group’s founders, Matt Ma & Lenorë Lambert, recently lost their pet, Buddy Brown, and are using the project as a means to commemorate their companion.
Describing their friend Buddy, the Lamberts added: “He was a rescue dog when we got him but ended up having a wonderful life, just like many of the dogs that BAWA helps. He had been confiscated from his previous owner for neglect, so it’s kind of fitting that we support a service that rescues other dogs.”
BAWA supports a fully staffed clinic in Ubud, a 24-hour animal ambulance, a mobile sterilization clinic, an education program, a puppy adoption program together with a range of community outreach programs.
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