HOW BARC RESCUED A PREGNANT MOTHER FROM THE STREETS OF BALI
Every day the BARC rescue teams gets literally dozens of calls for help, we do all we can to respond and it breaks our hearts that we cannot save every animal in distress.
Just before Christmas last year one of our team, adoption co-ordinator Agus Eva van Cvold, got a call from a Balinese lady in Denpasar. The lady had been looking after a beautiful Bali dog for some years, feeding it and caring for it. She couldn’t give it a home as she lived in accommodation provided by her employer and was not allowed by them to keep a dog, but in Balinese style the dog was free roaming and cared for.
Now her employer was moving the business and if she wanted to keep her livelihood she had to move with it. There was absolutely no way she could take the dog with her. To make matters worse, the dog was heavily pregnant and the residents of the area were so violently opposed to having a pregnant dog around they had begun kicking her and throwing stones whenever they saw her.
The lady was literally sobbing on the phone, she had no idea what to do; she had tried asking friends and neighbours to look after the dog but been refused by everyone. She knew if she left the dog on the street unprotected it would be a death sentence for the mama and her unborn pups. BARC was her last hope.
A pregnant mama dog really needs special care, comfort, treatment, monitoring and a temperature controlled quarantine environment. The BARC clinic at Ubud is not equipped with anything like this but we really wanted to help so we tried contacting other rescue organisations in an effort to find someone who had the appropriate facilities for this dog and her soon to be born litter. Here we too ran into brick walls, it seemed there was nothing appropriate for a mama dog available!
But we simply could not leave the dog on the street to die. It would go against everything we believe in.
This was the only place we could find for Chrissy
WHY DO WE NEED YOUR HELP?
We had no proper place for her but on the 30th December 2017 we cleared out and disinfected one of our quarantine rooms, picked her up and brought her to our clinic. Our vet nurses told us we were just in time, she was due to give birth any day. We named her Chrissy, for the season in which she came to us.
For the first couple of days Chrissy huddled in the corner of that cold, bare room. I went with Clare, our acting CEO, to visit her the day after she arrived and she was growling viciously at everyone who came near her, from the most hidden pocket of space she could squeeze herself into. And who could blame her? If I was heavily pregnant and had just been ripped from the only home I’d had and the only friend I’d never known, to be honest I’d probably do more than growl! She never bit anyone though, Chrissy was very scared but she is a wonderful dog with a very gentle nature and as we soon found, responds beautifully to love and care.
Looking at poor beleaguered Chrissy in that sterile heartless room, our idea for the BARC nursery was born. In trying to save her we had contacted aid organisations all over Bali, it had become very clear that there was a severe shortage of facilities for birthing and nursing mama dogs. We had found space for her but that’s all it was. An unfriendly, unequipped room. Chrissy was safe and could have her babies in peace, with medical aid nearby and that was a huge achievement that we were very relieved to have accomplished! But what about the next pregnant mama? What about the pups? It’s vital for puppies to stay with & feed from their mum for the first couple of months of their life if at all possible. If we could have a good place for that it would reduce the pressure on our foster network and give more puppies the chance of a healthy happy life.
Suddenly we were excited at the possibilities. We looked at the room, it was a ok sized space, it shouldn’t cost much to make it into a decent nursery; rip out those nasty cages, give it a coat of paint, put in waist high partitions to divide the space so we can have up to three nursing mamas and their litters safe and cared for, get some comfy dog beds, a couple of beanbags for volunteers to come and have puppy cuddles – it could be great!
HOW YOU CAN HELP
BARC is 100% dependant on donations from people like you. We are a not for profit organisation that recieves no subsidies whatsoever. Which is good in a way, because it means our every decision is totally based on what the dogs need, no politics involved! But it also means that when we have something like… a huge rescue operation; dogs that need extraordinary medical care; or a new project to make life nicer for the dogs under our protection, we need to raise specific funds to pay for it.
One week after rescuing Chrissy from the street and taking her in to our Ubud shelter we started a fundraising campaign to raise money to pay for her & her puppies care and to make our Bali Dog Nursery dream for her and all the future mamas come true.
About a week after that Chrissy gave birth to seven puppies…Seven!! Like all Bali dogs, they are little bundles of cuteness, 5 pure white and 2 coal black. Mama and puppies are doing well and in due course all will be properly vaccinated and spayed and the BARC team will hopefully quickly find happy forever homes for them. Chrissy has quickly shown her true affectionate, trusting nature and built warm loving relationships with many of our team. Our fundraiser for Mama and pups care and medication as well as the simple renovation and construction work on the room required to turn it into a nursery is ongoing. And as always, we need your help to make it happen.
Anything you can donate, either financially (even $5 goes a long way here in Bali) or in the way of items such as beanbags, paint, dog beds, puppy toys, blankets or food, is hugely appreciated! Or are you a trades-person in Bali who could donate some time or materials to ripping out the nasty cages or helping to build partitions?
I have been working with BARC for only a couple of months now but have quickly become aware that the work we do to help Bali dogs is a huge, never ending, often thankless task. The problem of unwanted, uncared for, thrown away puppies is endemic and BARC continues a daily effort to educate dog owners in the necessity of vaccination and sterilisation. But that is long term work that will hopefully make the problem look very different in ten years time. Right here, right now, today, we have defenseless, innocent mamas and puppies that need real practical help with food, medical care and homing.
Thank you for caring for Bali dogs!