“You’ve got to be more vocal. We have to be able to see that every single animal has a right to life” -Elizabeth Henzell
This week, we meet Elizabeth Henzell, the founder of Villa Kitty Foundation in Ubud, which is currently home to 35 dogs and 202 kitties. Whilst in Australia, Elizabeth built a language school for the University of the Sunshine Coast that taught up to 7 languages, that equipped students that were going overseas. It grew to become a community programme as well. In 2007, she relocated from Australia to Bali where she continues to do amazing work in her community and not by building a language school this time, but a refuge for Bali’s disadvantaged cats and dogs. We chat about the amazing support that she received to establish the Villa Kitty, as well as what it takes to provide care for the cats and dogs at the villa. With many cat and dog rescues, comes a great need for funding and Elizabeth shares how funds can be donated to make a difference.
At 27:43 minutes, she gives a heart-warming tour through Villa Kitty and you don’t have to be there to know that it’s a beautiful facility and the cats and dogs that live here are happy and thriving. Elizabeth breaks away from the discussion briefly at 32:23 minutes and has a conversation with one of the staff members and she shares the exciting news that 3 adoptions were made. How amazing is it that she’s fluent in Bahasa. We discuss the sad reality about how cats are not revered in Bali and they, as well as other animals are illtreated, thrown away and even killed due to the shocking lack of understanding of the level playing field of beings.
Contact Elizabeth at: Elizabeth@villakittybali.com