Meet Wira – a little dog with a big heart benefiting from our Bali dogs project

When Ida Bagus Cakra found Wira, he knew something was wrong. The puppy’s feet were splayed out, and she was the runt of the litter. She was in desperate need of medical attention.

Lucky for Wira, soon after she was taken in a team of vets working in Ida’s community knocked on his door and offered their help. Those vets were part of a new programme initiated by IFAW in partnership with the Bali Animal Welfare (BAWA) and Udayana University.

IFAW’s work in Bali is in response to an outbreak of rabies that began in 2008. Rabies is one of the deadliest diseases on earth; nearly 100% of people who contract the disease die from it.  An estimated 59,000 people are killed each year by the disease – almost all from dog bites – even though the disease is entirely preventable.

In order to stop rabies from spreading, we need at least 70% of the dog population to be vaccinated. That’s why IFAW began working with our local partners in Bali to help with vaccination and sterilising programmes.  Now alongside our partners the BAWA, we run mobile vet clinics and education programmes. 

You can support this project, and help us eradicate rabies in Bali forever.

During the past 18 months, we have been especially busy thanks to a new education programme.  The IFAW-BAWA trained team now works with graduates of Udayana University’s Public Health programme. These highly capable, bright young people are skilled in addressing animal welfare, conducting education in communities, ensuring that veterinary care reaches dogs in need.  

One such dog the team came across when undertaking door-to-door health checks was Wira. Due to Wira’s congenital conditions, the team now regularly checks in on her, making sure her rabies vaccinations are up to date, as well as providing additional healthcare.  The team reports that Wira is thriving in her loving home. 

IFAW's Bali dogs project is helping animals like Wira

IFAW, BAWA and the University of Udayana are all committed to the 28 communities and helping dogs like Wira around the island.  Thanks to their hard work, many dogs are fit and healthy, but we can’t do it without your help.

From 28 November to 5 December, any donations you make via the Big Give Christmas Challenge will go directly to this essential project. Even better, your donations could be doubled thanks to generous match funding! Please help if you can and help us reach our target of £26,000 for the dogs of Bali.


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Cynthia Milburn, Director, Animal Welfare Outreach & Education
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Shannon Walajtys
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