A General Overview:

Indonesia is a tough place for our beloved fur-friends; there is little legal protection, animal abuse is rife and even those who do respect animals simply may not have the resources to ‘care’ for them.

All of this means, for an organization such as BARC, there is much work to be done!

Here are some of the situations we are dealing with:

DUMPINGS

BARC are constantly finding puppies and kittens in need everywhere; they are dumped at burial grounds, in market places, on the sides of busy roads, around the rice fields, etc. Often the team are called out for collection of newborns, or they may have bad skin conditions or be injured/abused animals.

We often arrive to see some dumped at the door of our facilities as well – tied to bricks, in boxes, bags or in the back of the pickup. There are numerous signs out the front of our facilities asking people to come back during the day, advising that we will assist with serialization and vaccination of their adult dogs along with finding homes for the puppies. Yet they are still there!

We are trying to teach people that dumping is not the solution to the over population problem in Bali. Females are the most common to be dumped as they are not considered guard dogs. This in turn leads to them breeding with the un-neutered male dogs, and a new generation of puppies born homeless on the streets.

Dumped in a bag
tied to bricks
neglected pitbull
abuse
abuse

NEGLECT & ABUSE

For many dogs in Bali, their survival is dependent on themselves. They live along side families in local compounds, taking their role of protecting their owners and home very seriously. They live on the streets and must find food and shelter where they can.

Dog ownership is very different to the western world. While those with homes are fed, although not always on a regular basis and sometimes water is not readily available. Some owners are on a friendly enough basis with their dogs and can touch them, but many are not. Some are tied to trees with no water, shade or food; they can be left there for days, weeks, even MONTHS on end.

Western breed dogs may be kept in small cages as trophies, sadly never getting a chance to run, stretch and play. Often these dogs are bred from to make money, similar to puppy milling in the western world.

When the family dog gets sick, many are left to die without any veterinary assistance. Although some may be dumped in another area at this stage so they are no longer a problem to the owner. Sadly many of these problems are an easy fix, but the owners just don’t realize. Often if the dog begins to ‘look bad’ they may not want them around any longer. For many Balinese families, the cost of vet care is either inaccessible or not a priority.

At BARC we educate as many locals as we can and feel it is very important to teach the children how to care for and respect animals, so that future generations can learn the joys of giving and receiving unconditional love and companionship for our beautiful four-legged friends.

Our Dog Squad is also actively working with authorities to try and stop animal abuse.

OVER POPULATION

In a country full of unsterilized dogs, overpopulation is inevitable. Many young females are having puppies on the streets and in family compounds. Many of these puppies end up being dumped, abandoned or left to fend for themselves and suffer unnecessarily.

BARC sterilize over a thousand dogs a year, but this number really needs to increase, along with offering sterilization program in an increasing number of villages around the island. You can help by funding a sterilization day.

DOG ON THE MENU

It is a very sad fact that dog meat is on the menu throughout the world, including Indonesia. It is believed when a dog is beaten to death, cooked and eaten it will bring on aphrodisiac symptoms for men. As more ethnic groups from other areas of the country move to Bali, the demand for dog meat grows, as does the curiosity of the Balinese people. They are lured by the promise of increased sexual stamina if you eat this colored dog, or being cured of a common cold by eating that colored dog – the list goes on. Many of these RW (Dog Meat) restaurants are operating illegally and are keeping up with demand by stealing healthy, beloved pets – either from their yards or the streets.

Recently a truck was seen carrying live dogs on its roof. Legs and mouths bound tightly. Unable to move. They could hardly breathe. They were on their way to a local restaurant. Thankfully, a brave woman stopped the truck and demanded the dogs be freed. She had the truck driver so scared he gave up his cargo for a pittance of $35US. The dogs were thrown to the ground, twelve in total. Some died from their horrific injuries and shock caused by the abusive handling. One was pregnant.

Eating dogs is not a Balinese tradition, nor a cheap meat alternative for low-income families. A serving of dog meat is more expensive than chicken.

Our Dog Squad works to shut down RW (Dog Meat) restaurants throughout Bali.

POISONINGS

Since the rabies outbreak several years ago, hundreds of thousands of dogs have been killed via poison darts and poison meatballs. Most of the dogs killed were not infected with rabies, and many had already been vaccinated against the virus. While often it is a quick death, it is painful and sometimes it is slow, even taking days.

Again it is a complete lack of education and the spreading of incorrect information that has many dogs have died in vain.

Unfortunately, poisonings are still a common occurrence in Bali, but they shouldn’t be. Education is the key and we are currently contributing as much as we can do this.

SKIN CONDITIONS

Many Bali street dogs have chronic skin conditions which are curable. It can take only two treatments to bring them back to happy hairy dogs. Unfortunately, even owned dogs don’t get the treatment they deserve. Again we do what was can to educate and provide free skin treatments for locals.

WIDESPREAD DISEASE/VIRUSES

Bali’s hot humid climate is the perfect breeding ground for viruses. Many deadly viruses are running rampant on the streets of Bali, making survival for street dogs even more difficult. Parvovirus and Distemper are our main concerns, both of which are preventable, with a few simple vaccinations.

BARC vaccinate all dogs in our care before adopting them to new homes, and also countless street dogs and owned dogs alike. As proven in the western world, these diseases can be vaccinated out of the system and we are currently trying to do so in Bali.

When Linda started BARC, vaccinations were hard to come by and unpopular in Bali, but now many years on, thanks to her hard work in educating and vaccinating, there is a noticeable difference on the streets of Bali. More and more locals are learning the importance of vaccinating and the reasons behind it.

BALINESE HINDU CEREMONIES – ANIMAL SACRIFICE

Animal sacrifices or using animals in religious ceremonies is obligatory in Bali. Most Balinese ceremonies require one or more animals to be sacrificed. Killing animals in this way is not considered a cruelty to the locals, but as far as western standards are concerned it is extreme animal cruelty. The lucky animals die quickly but unfortunately many die long painful deaths and suffer greatly.

Puppies who are brown in color with a black muzzle are called “Blang Bungkem” and are sacrificed in a belief they are appealing the demons and negative forces of the universe (they believe by giving the demons an animal sacrifice they will leave the humans alone). What is even sadder is that most younger generations of Balinese we have spoken to are not aware of why they must make these sacrifices, or of what purpose it serves in their religion, they are doing what their grandparents and great-grandparents have done for generations.

As a result, BARC does not adopt “Blang Bungkem” puppies to Balinese families under any circumstances.

Slowly people are starting to question their religion and find new, less cruel ways to appease the demons, however, there is still a long way to go. You can help by sponsoring our education program.

EXPORT BAN

Much has changed here in Bali because of the rabies scare. As a result, our Governor blocked all import and export of dogs and cats.

We have many dogs who could be placed in loving homes all over the world. They are vaccinated against rabies, sterilized, have micro chips and a clean bill of health yet still they are not allowed to leave Indonesian shores.

The banning of exportation of dogs and cats from Indonesia does not only affect our cause. It also affects the ex-pat community. When they decide to return home they cannot take their beloved pets.

So where can they leave them to be cared for? How can these pets be helped? We don’t know. There are hardly enough facilities to take care of the sick and abused animals, let alone the abandoned pedigrees.

Help us lobby for a removal of this ridiculous ban.