World Spay Day: Bali dog Popo is in good hands

Rita and Yuni love their dog Popo. And thanks to the Participatory Learning and Action (PLA) program, a partnership between the Bali Animal Welfare Association (BAWA) and IFAW, they know what they need to do to take care of her.

They play with her every day – which at this age means Popo will be socialized and friendly when she’s older. They give her plenty of food and fresh water. And now that she’s old enough, they have decided to get her spayed.

They took the better part of their Sunday waiting patiently at the last wellness day in their banjar, or local community. Since the PLA team started working here, demand for spays, neuters, vaccination and other important dog care has skyrocketed. On this day, 29 dogs were helped by the BAWA veterinary team, meaning these dogs will stay healthier and be better companions for their owners for years to come.

Rita and Yuni took every precaution to keep their dog Popo healthy, including getting her spayed by IFAW-supported Bali Animal Welfare Association (BAWA) veterinarians at a local clinic.

Collectively, our programs spay tens of thousands of not just dogs and cats, but rabbits and even guinea pigs each year. We work in some of the most remote, underserved communities on the planet to ensure that someone’s lack of financial means, or distance from veterinary care, doesn’t mean their animals have to suffer for lack of adequate medical care.

In total, we provided care for 38,793 companion animals last year — all thanks to the donations we receive from our supporters.

Spaying animals means fewer puppies and kittens, less abandonment of cats and dogs to the streets, and often leads to healthier, longer-living companions.

As for Popo, she had a pretty painless recovery. Rita and Yuni doted on her in the days after her surgery, and now she’s back up and running.


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Cynthia Milburn, Director, Animal Welfare Outreach & Education
Senior Advisor, Policy Development
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Kate Nattrass Atema, Program Director, Community Animal Welfare
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Shannon Walajtys
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