It was great to catch up with Ina from Animal Friends Jogja recently. It’s been five years since we last saw each other so there was plenty to talk about!
We first met Ina and the rest of the AFJ Team in Bali when we were associated with Bali Animal Welfare (BAWA). At that time we worked closely together on several projects so got to know their work and values base really well.
Animal Friends Jogja is a non-profit organisation. As the name suggests the organisation is a group of friends who share similar views on treating non-human animals with respect and compassion. Their core belief is that animals have the right to live free from unnecessary suffering and exploitation.
They work to improve the welfare of animals by engaging in proactive education, advocacy, and campaigning through grassroots activism.
Their model is to work on challenging and changing the root causes of suffering rather than alleviating the symptoms. They are activists and educators, not rescuers. However Ina does share her living space with a number of cats and dogs that have taken shelter with her!
In Jogjakarta like everywhere in the world there is no shortage of animal welfare issues. At present AFJ are working on the problems and suffering associated with intensive animal farming and the dog meat trade as well as focusing on their business as usual activities of monthly sterilisation programs, education and assisting the government with rabies vaccination distribution.
They are a group of young Indonesians who are passionate, focussed and brave. If you would like to be part of their crusade for a kinder Indonesia you can make a donation using the links below. If you can commit to a regular monthly donation it will go towards paying a salary for a veterinarian. At present they rely on the generosity of a local volunteer vet which is not sustainable in the long term. Having their own vet on staff will accelerate their sterilisation efforts so is certainly worthy of a regular contribution.