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January 2024

The sad truth about “pure” breed dogs in Bali!

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While we have spoken a lot about the unique Bali Heritage Dog, it’s history, traits and position nowadays, we would like to talk about a topic now that seems to be reaching more and more concern, at least for people like us who are a strong advocate for animal welfare here in Bali.

The topic we want to address is the increasing suffer of western breed dogs.

The Bali Dog is a pure and un-mutanised breed of dogs that have lived isolated on the island reportedly for over 12.000 years. They have  adapted perfectly to the tropical climate and harsh living conditions. As they are not recognized as its own breed, they are not bred for purity, yet the integrity was protected until a law prohibiting the import of dogs to Bali was lifted back in 2004. Since then western breed dogs have become fashionable and the Bali Dogs as a unique breed facing extinction.

Those “pure” breed dogs we know today are actually mutants made by humans, with most of them being products of uncontrolled puppy mills where inbreeding is the norm to create all sizes, shapes, colors and more. Many people here in Bali are now opting for western breed dogs due to marketing and public desire. While surely some of them are seen as loved pets, many others are simply used for breeding or serve as a status of symbol only.

Trapped in cages, their bodies exploited to make profit from their puppies that are being sold without any health records, those poorly inbreeds introduced new and weaker genetic variations. Once sick or not useful any longer, they fell victim of abandonment. Hope, Penny, Indah, Gracy, Pino, Mimi and Cinta just to name a few, are some of those breed dogs we had to save from a slow and painful death on the street.

As we can’t ban breeding and we can’t stop people to buy pure breed dogs here in Bali, what else can be the solution? We always come back to the same conclusion, and that is sterilization. It is the only sustainable way to reduce and prevent suffering in the future.

Now, you probably have seen on our social media channels that additionally to our monthly sterilization days we have already began to implement a monthly event in which we focus only on pure and mixed breed dogs and cats. But you may wonder why we have to differentiate those days.

Unfortunately the vet team we are collaborating with on our big mass events is forbidden to operate on pure breed animals in believe owners of such pets had the money to buy them and surely will also have the money to treat them. Them and us, we all know that this is not always the case.

But sadly their hands are tied which means for us we have to use the service of a private vet to spay and neuter pure and mixed breed dogs and cats and using a private vet is associated with higher costs for us. While we can sterilize local animals for only USD 16, we can sterilize breeds for USD 25.

Our big goal is to widen our spay, neuter and vaccination program to reduce and to prevent suffering of all dogs and cats here in Bali.

Please, continue to join us on this most important mission.

Expanding our work one village at a time

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Based in one of Bali’s biggest regencies Tabanan, we are committed to improve the health of animals in our area Kediri. Since 6 years we are now working our way through from one village to the next to feed, treat and sterilize as many street dogs and cats as possible while educating local pet owners about their animals needs at the same time.

Always, when we step into a new village we know we are confronted with more challenges of animals in desperate need of help. And just recently we discovered again another of those untouched areas where there was no help offered ever before.

This village is the one where we rescued Matilda and Osi from, just to give you a better idea of how saddened the situation in this area really is.

Stepping into a new village means for us to firstly build trust with it’s people, engage with them through repeated visits and dedication. While going from house to house to register dogs and cats for our mass spay and neuter events, we introduce our animal welfare programs, provide education to local owners and free medical treatment for their pets. Mostly we are warmly welcomed.

What follows next is that the word that we are supporting, always spreads quickly and many more people of the community or their family members approaching us, asking if we can help their animals too.

Prior our monthly mass spay and neuter day we are spending a lot of time in the village we are holding the event. As we all know change doesn’t happen over night, our work doesn’t finish here after only one visit.

Once we have spayed and neutered the registered animals, we move on to another new village, while scheduling our return the month after for follow ups but also to continue what we started here.

It is always this back and forth, but in our experience over the many years we are helping, this is how we make the biggest, long lasting change for the animals in this specific community.

Your support and especially your monthly sponsorship through Patreon, allows us to help all those animals that are in urgent need of sterilization, food and medical relief. Not all of them make it on our social media feed, simply because there are too many which most of them are suffering the same conditions, but believe us when we say that YOU are helping us to save hundreds of lives every day.

So please accept our gratitude and thanks for being by our side and supporting us to move forward with our mission one village at a time. <3