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Animals & Wildlife · 01:29

Animal Friends Jogja

  • By Leonora Yoan Agusta · Indonesia, APEC

 

Animal Friends Jogja

Main aim of the charity

Founders and all volunteers of Animal Friends Jogja have similar views on treating animals with respect and compassion they deserve, including the right to live free from unnecessary suffering and exploitation. We also focus on raising awareness to Indonesian people about animal suffering.

How the employee got involved and why

One of the reasons why I join Animal Friends Jogja because my dogs were stolen and never came back. We know that dog meat traders kidnap family pets to be distributed to dog meat industry. More than 13,000 dogs are allegedly being slaughtered every month in Solo, my hometown, to meet local demand for the animal's meat. Unlike the farming of chickens or goats, the production of dog meat is clandestine and unregulated in Indonesia, meaning the animals killed for consumption are often stolen family pets which are slaughtered and butchered in unhygienic circumstances. Other reasons why I volunteer for Animals Friends Jogja because animals have no safety net in society, no voices of their own, and very few rights under the law. I see a lot of animals live in very bad conditions, they're abandoned, not wanted without food and home, being slaughtered, and being exploited. I believe that earth doesn't belong to human only. We have to live in balance in nature and respect other creatures. But the fact is no other creatures can get close to devastation humans can cause. Founders and all volunteers of Animal Friends Jogja have similar views on treating animals with respect and compassion they deserve, including the right to live free from unnecessary suffering and exploitation. We also focus on raising awareness to Indonesian people about animal suffering. Animal welfare is a big issue Indonesia, and AFJ has 5 big programs since it's founded: education, campaign, adoption, spay & neuter, and rescue.

What work does the employee do for charity?

I'm involved in Animals Friends Jogja by giving donations regularly, participate in AFJ programs such as subsidized/low-cost sterilization and adoption programs.

What impact would winning have on the charity?

Winning DHL's Got Heart can help Animal Friends Jogja to provide comfort and care to more rescued animals, provide expert medical care and rehabilitation until they find a forever loving home and companion. It will also support to more countless other stray animals through AFJ strong education programs, low-cost sterilization, and also will be allocated to support campaign programs and causes, all to endorse the welfare of the animals. Winning DHL's Got Heart also can support Animal Friends Jogja running more education programs for society to make them understand the concept of respecting lives, which hopefully it will also reduce the numbers of animals being exploited, abused, or abandoned. Education is one of the most effective ways to do it.

What impact would winning have on the employee?

By winning DHL's Got Heart, it can be deeply rewarding for me, because I can give more contributions to Animal Friends Jogja to help more animals having better life. Having the power to improve the lives of animals is a privilege and one that comes with its own sense of obligation. These powerful feelings of responsibilities is a great way to reinforce my own personal values and hopefully can inspire other people to do the same.

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