Since early of September 2017, the volcanic activity of the sacred Mount Agung has continuously escalating. On September 25th, the government announced the highest level of danger and instructed the residents of 27 villages around the volcano to be evacuated. As people are evacuated to hundreds of shelters, the governments started to evacuate cattle, the most valuable possessions of most evacuation refugees. Whilst a few are brought along, most domestic animals, especially dogs and cats, are left behind.
Whilst most of those animals – especially dogs and cats – are released so they can go out, they have been house pets since they were born and therefore are not used to hunting their own food. Being left for an unpredictable period means starving. We are also seeing cases that aggressive dogs like pitbulls remain caged, having no way to look for their own food and water nor to run away of harm.
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At the moment we have a base camp in Padang Bai where all of our Mount Agung animal rescue activities are coordinated. At the same place we also set up a shelter that can accommodate puppies (medium size breed like Bali dogs up to about 6 months old), small dogs, and cats. If you are interested to drop some donation, join us as a volunteer, or interested to adopt or foster evacuated animal, this is the place to go. The location is very safe, at the southern part of Karangasem Regenci, about 20 kilometer from Mount Agung. The government’s central base camp of Tanah Ampo is only a few kilometers away.
Direction to Reach Our Base Camp
Head to the direction of Candidasa then turn right toward Padang Bai ferry port and take another 500m drive. The first large three-story building on the left-hand side is our base camp. Next door is Dewi Villa. If you use Google Map to lead your way, search for Dewi Villa Padang Bai. You will not miss it. No other large building along the street down to the port gate.