I was born in urban Melbourne in the 1950’s where it was rare for a dog or cat to be sterilised. A common sight on our daily trip to the beach were, hessian bags full of drowned puppies or kittens. If an animal was injured or ill a trip to the vet was a luxury most people could not afford. I was lucky to have an animal loving family and my mother became used to me coming home with stray dogs and cats to look after and rehome. I was fortunate enough to move to a rural area after I was married where I was able to indulge my passion for animals. My children grew up with a menagerie of dogs, cats, horses, rabbits and birds. I was also fortunate enough to be able to travel extensively in Asia and the South Pacific where I saw conditions for animals that were even worse than when I was a child. After my family were off my hands I had the life changing experience of volunteering at an animal shelter in Bali. Being hands on with the animals for two weeks was a privilege I will never forget and so I was honoured to be asked by Deb Banfield to join Bali Pet Crusaders. I believe this grass roots organisation will make a huge difference to the wellbeing of both the people and animals in Bali.