Animal Aid

Sterilization, Education and basic Vet Care Programs.

Our mission is to help animals in need and educate people about their care. Many local people lack knowledge regarding the needs of their animals. They don’t understand the importance of providing regular water and food, as well as immunizations and the importance of sterilization.

They also don’t understand the suffering caused to their pets by keeping them cages or tightly bound. Many people adopt “cute” little puppies and kittens, but the moment they get sick with skin diseases or other illnesses, they throw them out of the house without thought or concern for their wellbeing.

We go from house to house, talking to people about their responsibility towards their animals so they can start treating them with respect. We are not an animal shelter. We prefer, to leave the animals with their owners and educate them or give them the support they need, as opposed to taking their pets.

Our priority is the care of indigenous Bali dogs, but we also sterilize breed dogs and mixed breed dogs in the hope of keeping the Bali dog from extinction due to cross-breeding. The Bali heritage dog has lived on the island, in its pure form for at least 2500 years. Bali dogs are highly intelligent and possess great character and charm.

Only an estimated 20% of the dogs in Bali today could be considered a pure Bali dog.

In the last 14 years, mass and unmonitored crossbreeding of indigenous and foreign dogs has been rife behind closed doors in local villages, in an effort to cater to the demand for ‘exotic breed’ dogs by both locals and Westerners in Bali.

A baby crossbreed puppy can be sold for as little as 300,000IDR, which equates to roughly around $30 AUD. An amount that is usually affordable for both locals and Westerners in the first instance, however the financial needs for the health and upkeep of the animal throughout its lifespan is often not considered.

As a result, we now don’t just face a plethora of rejected, unvaccinated, unsterilized and hungry homeless Bali dogs, but also more and more mixed breed dogs, often left to die painful and lonely deaths on the streets. As a result of a lack of sterilization, these animals continue to reproduce and therefore continue this agonizing cycle. 

We have started with one village, in Kediri-Tabanan, by trying to convince local animal owners to allow us to sterilize their pets and help with vet care. In the first year, we already sterilized over 120 dogs and 20 cats and are currently helping many more dogs and cats in different areas of Tabanan.

Kadek is an important member of Little Steps Matter. She is Balinese and the main person who communicates with the villagers about how to care for their animals. She is not afraid to knock on doors and encourage people to be more responsible for their animals. She is an avid animal lover and cooks every day for all the dogs that we feed.

Kadek has three dogs of her own, that she rescued from the streets in terrible conditions that are now in great shape. She also takes in many dogs, from the streets, which are ill and looks after them until they are healthy and ready to find them new homes. She is a small woman with enormous strength and a huge heart. We also have various volunteers who help us.

The Story of Tips & Foxi

During one of Sabine’s daily walks with her own dogs, she heard the cries of puppies. She found two of them tied up on 1-meter-long chains next to a pig shed, close to her house. The puppies were half a meter from each other, without access to water or food. One of the dogs had an injured and infected eye, while the other one had the metal chain on so tight, that it was starting to grow into his neck. Sabine immediately gave them food and water and went to look for the owners of the dog who lived nearby. With her vast experience living in Bali, she knew that the only way to make a long term and sustainable impact on the lives of these animals was by talking to the owners calmly and trying to make agreements with them, small steps at a time.

The owner explained that they keep the dogs as security for their pigs and agreed to let Sabine call a vet to examine the eyes and vaccinate the dogs at her cost. Unfortunately the owner had previously kicked one dog in the eye and therefore damaged its sight. After the visit with the vet, the owners agreed that Sabine could buy new collars and longer tethers for the dogs as well as take them on walks twice a day with her own pack.

From that day on, Sabine provided dry dog food that the owner would mix with the rice they had been exclusively feeding the dogs previously. It took a couple of months to treat the eye infection and the next step was to get the poor dogs off their leads. The owners had a brick structure on their property that wasn’t being used, and by providing a bamboo fence and door, Sabine was able to convince the owners that the dogs would still provide security for the pigs while being in their sheds and not tying them up unnecessarily.

Ultimately, the dogs were finally able to get off their leads and had a small space on which they could run around, remain safe, play and sleep.

After a few weeks, Sabine started to “forget” more and more often to lock the door to the shed after their walks and the dogs started to visit their owners at the house. Since the dogs were healthy and clean, the owners started letting the dogs stay in their house and wouldn’t lock them up any longer.

To this day, the dogs live in the same house as their owners, while protecting the pigs and following their owners to their work on the rice fields every day. They still come twice a day to our foundation to get extra food and are very happy to go home afterward.

Little Steps Matter

Yayasan Pani Aswa Kamala

 

Jl. Dam Gadon 110, Br. Malmundeh, Kediri,
Tabanan, Bali, Indonesia

Email: info@littlestepsmatter.org
Phone:  + 62 811 394 623

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Address: Jl. Sunset Road No.225, Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
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Yayasan Pani Aswa Kamala

 

Jl. Dam Gadon 110, Br. Malmundeh, Kediri,
Tabanan, Bali, IndonesiaEmail: info@littlestepsmatter.org
Phone:  + 62 811 394 623

 

Donate Directly

 

Every little bit helps us

 

Donate directly to Little Steps Matter

Account name: Yayasan Pani Aswa Kamala;
Account number: 702291682
Bank Name: Permata Bank. 
Address: Jl. Sunset Road No.225, Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Swift code: BBBAIDJA

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