Saving Dogs in indonesia


Animal sacrifices or using animals in religious ceremonies is obligatory in Bali. Most Balinese ceremonies require one or more animals to be scarified. 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.

Dogs who are brown in colour with a black muzzle are called Blang Bungkem and are sacrificed in a belief they are appeasing 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 more sad 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.

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.

BARC do not adopt Blang Bungkem dogs to Balinese families under any circumstances.


Balis 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 enemies, 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 7 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.


For many dogs in Bali, their survival is dependent on themselves. They live along side families in local compounds and on the streets, taking their role of protecting their owners and home very seriously. However, dog ownership here is very different to the western world. Dogs are fed but not on a regular basis, and water is not readily available. Some owners are on a friendly enough basis with their dogs to be able to touch them but many are not.
When the family dog gets sick, many are left to die without any veterinary assistance, and are even dumped in another area so they are no longer a problem to the owner. Sadly many problems are an easy fix, but the owners just don’t realize. For many Balinese families, the cost of vet care in inaccessible and not a priority.

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


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 abandon in rubbish dumps, in temples, in rivers or on the streets. Left to fend for themselves and suffer unnecessarily. BARC sterilize over 300 dogs a year, and in order for us to increase this number please ‘Fund a Sterilisation Day’ Fund a Sterilisation Day

Dog on the menu!

It is a sad fact that dog 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. We need to eradicate these stupid fallacies through education. These images show the dog rescue operation, led by the BARC staff. These poor pooches were on their way to restaurants and meat distributors in Java.


BARC are constantly finding puppies at a burial grounds and rice fields in Ubud, Bali. Often the team are called out for a collection of new born, injured or abused dogs. Some tied to trees with no water, shade or food. They can be left there for days, weeks, even MONTHS on end.
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. This little guy below didn’t have a hair on him so BARC gave him a shot of Ivomec in his food, depending on his condition, it may only take two treatments and his fur will grow back.
We continue to discover young mothers with litters of puppies around the rice fields, cemeteries and rubbish dumps. These little guys don’t have a chance due to infection and disease. On one of BARCs regular day trips they discovered a young mum, only 6 months old herself, with 4 young pups. She was very protective of her brood. BARC have continued to monitor the mum and pups until she is trusts enough for them to de-sex her and help care for her babies. Female dogs are the most common of the dogs found dumped as they are not considered guard dogs, this then leads to them breeding and leaving more dogs on the streets.

The other puppies they discovered were taken to Good Karma Clinic where they were washed and vet checked. The puppies will then stay at the BARC shelter until they are healthy and vaccinated then returned for de-sexing.



Every day we see sick and suffering dogs on the streets of Bali . They need their rights!