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Bali Volcano: Dogs Abandoned in Mount Agung's 'Red Zone' Rescued By Volunteers Risking Their Lives

Animals  (tags: Bali, Mount Agung, volcano, danger, eruption, evacuation, dogs, Bali Animal Welfare Association (BAWA), rescue, animals, "red zone", caring )

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Around 100,000 people are now living in emergency accommodation and relying on government supplies to survive - and they can't bring their pets in with them. BAWA created a shelter for pets and strays - and risk going in to collect them.

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Evelyn B (61)
Thursday September 28, 2017, 4:18 am
I can not understand pet owners who tie their pets up when they're evacuated because of danger.
It's not their fault that they can't take their pets with them, if they are going to government-organised shelters which won't (can't?) take animals due to crowding & resources - but at least give the poor creatures a chance to escape ...

Kudos BAWA & the volunteers who are taking such risks to save the animals left behind

Past Member (0)
Thursday September 28, 2017, 4:41 am
Well - I'm glad that there are so many good people who care about animals in this worse times and rescue them; AND, I really hope that Karma will strike to the fullest on all those, which use these worse conditions to get rid of their animals and abandon them!!!

Jonathan Harper (0)
Thursday September 28, 2017, 4:49 am

DerekDeka R (37)
Thursday September 28, 2017, 4:54 am

. (0)
Thursday September 28, 2017, 5:15 am
Given the dogs the chance that they deserved.

Evelyn B (61)
Thursday September 28, 2017, 5:27 am
Kalliope -
Most of the people concerned have no choice - the shelter provided for them don't allow them to bring their pets.
Some are taking the risk to go back daily to feed their pets - if they're there at the wrong time, they're dead. The last major eruption had a very high cost in human (and other) lives. So don't damn them ALL for "abandon". They're surely praying that THEIR homes won't actually be in a lava flow line, & that things will be OK ...

Until BAWA set up a shelter, they had little alternative. Now many are calling BAWA to help their pets left behind.

100,000 people - that's probably around 25,000 pets & animals or more ...
You can see why the government services couldn't cope with taking responsibility for housing & feeding all of them as well as the people.

If the lava flows (and it is likely to), the people whose homes & land are affected will be needing aid for months or more to come. A lot of resources will be needed (and agricultural resources lost).

So it's up to volunteers to fill in for what the official services can't handle.
And BAWA volunteers are doing just that.

Tania N (883)
Thursday September 28, 2017, 5:43 am
Thanks for sharing.

Darren W (218)
Thursday September 28, 2017, 6:51 am
Shared news article over social media to raise and spread awareness.

Peggy B (43)
Thursday September 28, 2017, 7:30 am
So sad.

Freya H (358)
Thursday September 28, 2017, 8:18 am
Shame on the shelters for not allowing people to bring their pets - but bright blessings on the courageous volunteers who are putting life and limb in peril to rescue them.

Colleen L (3)
Thursday September 28, 2017, 10:26 am
Poor dogs. Glad they are being taken of. f.Thanks Evelyn

Sue H (7)
Thursday September 28, 2017, 11:04 am
Thank you BAWA volunteers!

Animae C (516)
Thursday September 28, 2017, 3:35 pm
The government won't give me the choice to take my Dog with me?!?!?
Like hell!!!!
Then i stay with him!!!

Bravo to the volunteers for rescuing all the abandoned ones!
Kamma will sort out those who abandon their animals & run to save their hides....

Suzanne L (99)
Thursday September 28, 2017, 9:43 pm
I could never leave our animals.

Raleighaway k (357)
Thursday September 28, 2017, 9:53 pm
Thanks for sharing

Elisabeth H (85)
Thursday September 28, 2017, 10:51 pm
thanks for info

Danny v (33)
Friday September 29, 2017, 12:53 am
Noted. Thanks for sharing. Those people are the real hero's!

Sheryl G (360)
Friday September 29, 2017, 3:30 am
Finally in the USA, with the push of animal rights activist, there are now shelters people can go into with their pets. Also Rick Scott made it a mandate that people could bring their pets into motel hotel rooms that didn't formerly accept pets.

Still isn't perfect as now those same shelters that opened their door to pets are thinking about killing the ones who remain more than 30 days. There are still people who haven't a place to live yet in the flooded areas from Harvey, 30 days isn't enough time. So still some work to be done in this area but better than it was.

My cats came with me despite it being a long drive, I made sure they could be with me, I'd not leave them behind. But I know that isn't always possible despite people's desires to do so, individuals with no vehicles might not be able to bring pets on the buses and such.

But I agree Evelyn, if you leave an animal behind, at least allow it a fighting chance and don't leave it tied. I would open the doors to those bird cages and let the birds fly out. That is one thing I've never liked is caged birds. I know there might be people who read this with a beloved bird as their pet, just my personal feeling on the matter, birds and freedom of flight just go strongly in my mind. Birds represent true freedom to me to see them caged reminds me of how us humans are caged up into some rule or another.

Sylvie A (194)
Friday September 29, 2017, 4:08 am
Noted. Thanks

Danuta W (1251)
Friday September 29, 2017, 4:22 am

S J (130)
Friday September 29, 2017, 5:28 am
I wish them well dogs, cats other animals, rescuers and people there. Sadly noted Meow Evelyn

Betty K (304)
Friday September 29, 2017, 6:22 am
This is very sad.

Kathryn I (2)
Friday September 29, 2017, 8:54 am
Bless those wonderful animal-loving life-savers! Noted - Thank you

Evelyn B (61)
Friday September 29, 2017, 9:08 am
Dandelion - you're right to raise the duration issue.

Experience from the last big eruption in this area was that return to villages & resumption of "normal" life took many months (even years), so accommodation & other support for this rural population that has lost almost everything is going to need government & others' subsidies. It's true that the soil is usually good once lava flow has cooled & settled (unlike soil that's been soaked in sea or saline water, which will be a problem in Puerto Rico & other Caribbean islands) - but the terracing will have to be redone, & few would have managed to get their agricultural equipment out safely. Return to reasonable production will not be rapid.

I don't have the impression that BAWA would install a 30 days rule. But their means will be heavily stretched caring for all the animals rescued.

Evelyn B (61)
Friday September 29, 2017, 9:26 am
Latest figures for the evaluated people is over 144,000.
Some go home daily to care for livestock & pets, hoping not to be caught there ...

The authorities are trying to save people's livestock: (Today's news)

NB - this is a culture in which livestock is a bank on 4 legs; buy when you can, sell when you badly need cash. Banks are not so accessible - & not so trusted. So loss of livestock is loss of all one's bank account. All one's security for the future, including health insurance & old age pensions.

"12.15pm: Officials evacuating 20,000 cows

Indonesian officials are evacuating 20,000 cows from the area around Mount Agung.

Authorities have established livestock shelter at 30 points across five districts in Bali, with five tons of concentrate feed and 10,000 doses of medicine.

So far around 2,500 cattle have been moved."

caroline lord (0)
Friday September 29, 2017, 11:03 am
thank you

Tanya W (65)
Saturday September 30, 2017, 12:12 am
Noted. Bless the rescuers

Saturday September 30, 2017, 3:06 am
💕Bless the rescuers...

Evelyn B (61)
Saturday September 30, 2017, 3:17 am
Thoughts about allowing pets in shelters ...

Have you ever seen conditions in emergency shelters?
The crowding?
Just imagine having a hundred pets in a space already crowded with 500 people?
How would your pet cope with the proximity of so many people, exuding their fear and worry? Including some who are also afraid of dogs? If such conditions are hyper-stressful for humans, who know why they're there & chose to come, how much more stressful for their four-footed friends? Would you sedate your friend to reduce the stress? The situation could last many days ...

I reckon that if you wanted to keep your pet with you, for your pet's sake you'd need to find an alternative to the government organised shelters.
The ruling about excluding pets within shelters makes a certain kind of sense - even for the pets' sake.

But perhaps disaster management authorities should think about ways of enabling evacuees with pets to find shelter outside the big shelters.

Kathryn I (2)
Saturday September 30, 2017, 8:24 am
Noted - Thank you

Marija M (29)
Saturday September 30, 2017, 8:42 am
Thank to tje rescuers.

Malgorzata Zmuda (202)
Saturday September 30, 2017, 1:08 pm

Kathryn I (2)
Sunday October 1, 2017, 6:02 am
Noted - What a Dear, Caring Man! Thank you

Lydia M (80)
Monday October 2, 2017, 12:18 pm
Noted With Thanks Evelyn..
Such a Terrible Dilemma.
Bless the Caring People..
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