I am vegan, passionate about animals and regularly support many animal welfare charities and rescue organisations. A monetary percentage of every dread-job done at Boho Dreads HQ is donated to an animal charity that week. We also foster cats so there’s always a kitty or two about the place to cuddle during your dread appointment.
Here are a few of the many welfare organisations I donate to on a regular basis.
There are literally hundreds of welfare organisations, each doing what they can to make the lives of animals bearable and these are just a few I try to assist with. Please help where you can. Every animal deserves to have a cruelty-free existence and together we can all make a difference.
Brisbane Valley Cat Rescue Inc
Brisbane Valley Cat Rescue Incorporated is a small, relatively unknown feline rescue in the Brisbane outskirts that rehomes hundreds of cats and kittens to loving homes. Each cat is desexed, vaccinated, microchipped, flea and worm treated and vet checked prior to rehoming. As you can imagine, the costs of caring for these little ones is astronomical and BVCR relies heavily on donations to assist with the medical, nutrition and housing bills. If you’d like to assist or find out further information, please click here.
Animals Australia is Australia’s foremost national animal protection organisation, and has an unprecedented track record in investigating and exposing animal cruelty and for conducting world-first strategic public awareness campaigns. Animals Australia’s vision is a world where all animals are treated with compassion and respect and are free from cruelty. We believe that we can create a kinder world for all by fostering respect for animals and that our treatment of animals reflects who we are as individuals and as a society. For further information, please click here.
Headrock Dogs Rescue
Headrock Dogs Rescue is another small, relatively unknown animal rescue based in Bang Saphan on the East Coast of Thailand, halfway between Bangkok and Phuket. A dog welfare organisation run by husband and wife team, Verity and Thep, Headrock Dogs Rescue has saved nearly 600 puppies and dogs, rehomed nearly 500 and neutered over 620 puppies and dogs in the last six years. As of May 2014, they currently have 38 adult dogs and 10 puppies at their rescue centre plus they assist in the feeding and care of over 50 adult dogs at the nearby temple, 35 adult dogs and 2 puppies in the nuns’ compound. They’ve managed with very little outside help and no assistance from the Thai Government or foundations. Like most welfare organisations, they rely 100% on donations but unlike rescues in Western civilisations, the cost of living is much lower. This is great news for us though! For less than $20 AUD, you can buy 20kg of dry food to help fill their bellies : ) Desexing costs less than $15!!! For more information, click here.
Matang Wildlife Centre
In 2011, we had the privilege of visiting the Matang Wildlife Centre in Borneo, Malaysia and volunteering with the orangutan rehabilitation project for two weeks. The experience was life changing and amazing, consisting mainly of husbandry for the orangutans, sun bears, macaques, binturongs and other animals, including feeding and enrichment techniques which promote natural behaviours, enhance the potential for rehabilitation to release, and improve captive animal welfare. Volunteers are always be needed for further enrichment tasks, especially for the sophisticated great apes. For further information, please click here.
Have you ever seen a sloth... they're the CUTEST things ever. The Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica rescues and rehabilitates sloths that are referred to the sanctuary. They focus on utilising alternatives that will improve their welfare and quality of life. They heavily promote and stimulate social & scientific interest in these gorgeous creatures to increase the public's respect for sloths and disseminate information on their present and future importance to our environment. If you'd like to check out their website, click here.
Elephant Nature Park
In February 2015, we visited another volunteer project with the Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai, Thailand and let me tell you I LOVED it. Elephant Nature Park is an elephant rescue and rehabilitation center in Northern Thailand where you can volunteer and visit to help. They rescue dozens of elephants which have created their thriving, proud herd, free from abuse for the first time in their lives. The park provides a natural environment for elephants, dogs, cats, buffaloes and many other animals under our care. Volunteers and visitors contribute to the healing while learning about their lives past and present. For further information, please click here.