Please help save Bali and Indie

When in Indonesia there are a few things you must know and come to accept; 1. There are a lot of dogs, 2. Most of them are strays, and 3. Most of them are sick, neglected, or abused. It is no secret that Asian countries do not hold the same western standard for the treatment of animals and at times it is extremely hard to watch as an animal lover. In some cases the people truly care for their animals but they are so poor they can hardly afford to feed their families so a dog is their last priority. In some cases though, people are just cruel. When I went out November 28th, 2019 I was not surprised to see two Balinese dogs chained to the back of a local restaurant. But I was not prepared for the ache that filled my heart when I saw a small puppy toddle from behind its mother, chained to the wall, and a worker walk by and kick it out of his way. After seeing this I asked a waiter if it would be alright if I could see and hold the puppy and to my surprise he brought me not one but two, three month old puppies. He was kind enough to them and patted their heads but muttered “Tikus”, the Indonesian word for rat, while doing it. He explained to us in broken English that they would most likely have the same fate as their mother, a tight chain on the back of the building, because they were both female and Indonesian families do not want female dogs. A female dog means pregnancy and puppies in the future, the people can hardly feed the dogs, so sterilization isn’t exactly heard of in this part of the world. Without even thinking to be completely honest with you I asked if I could take them, after a few minutes of banter he agreed I could pick them up the following morning. Since then mine and my boyfriend’s lives have been a whirlwind of veterinary clinic visits, vaccinations, contacting pet transportation companies, kennels and pet store trips. Two puppies that you want to be WELL taken care of are certainly not kind on your wallet.  Not to mention the process that it takes to be able to bring them to America with you. Unfortunately, Dustin and I must return to America before our newly adopted fur babies would be legally allowed to come with us. Fear not though, we would never leave them behind without a solution. They must be kenneled for a month prior to their rabies vaccinations, they must have blood sent to a lab, if the blood is clean they will receive a health certificate from an agent whom we must hire, the agent then will file to export them out of the country and then they must make the long(27 hour) journey to America. As you can imagine, this is not cheap, or easy, but we can’t fathom leaving them behind. Often times dogs are either beaten to death, shot, poisoned on the streets, or lit on fire while alive by this gang of hunters and then sold for approximately $10USD a dog. This is unfortunately the sad truth, but to shed light on a dark situation there are amazing organizations who help the local dog by taking them off the streets and rehabilitating them to eventually find them a forever home; as well as saves dogs in the knick of time from slaughter by the local dog meat trade. I want nothing more than to take my puppies far from here and never let them see a life or pain and suffering. I am asking for donations to bring them home to the USA, anything helps as this is a long, grueling and expensive process. Thank you so much for reading this far, Bali and Indie can not wait to take on the state’s :).

 

If you would like to donate as well to a local organization, BAWA is an amazing nonprofit that saves and helps hundreds of dogs throughout all of Bali and they always need donations for dog food, treats, beds, cleaning supplies, vet bills, etc.

Donations

  • Laurie Slezak 
    • $150 
    • 6 mos
  • Lauren Shields  
    • $5 
    • 7 mos
  • Nadia Norton 
    • $15 
    • 7 mos
  • Natalie Stinnett 
    • $30 
    • 7 mos
  • Martha Thibault 
    • $200 
    • 7 mos
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Organizer

Savannah Immordino 
Organizer
Wilmington, NC
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