​Deb Banfield

I grew up in England and moved to Australia as a teenager in 1981. As a child I found joy in the animals around me, both wild and domestic, rescuing snakes, mice, rabbits, dogs, cats, cows, horses, sheep, goats and even tortoises and hedgehogs. I spent many a night in my little wooden stable in the back garden with my animals and that is where I felt most at peace.

I joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1984 and Served for over 20 years. I retired in 2006, with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other medical conditions and once again found myself with time to devote to my love of animals.

After volunteering with various organisations, I created Bali Pet Crusaders, in June 2014, to combat the ever growing overpopulation of dogs and cats in Bali by providing highly subsidised sterilisation for stray dogs and cats and those owned by locals on a low income. I believe that by reducing the population in an ethical way, we can help the Balinese people and their animals and reduce the suffering of millions of dogs and cats.

Bali Pet Crusaders is my passion and doubles as my therapy for my Military based Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. That’s a humungous win win in my eyes.