The new respect which this community has developed for its animals has motivated its dog lovers and owners to plan their first ever dog contest in which entrants will be assessed on general condition and health.
At least 27 dogs will compete and many of their canine colleagues are expected to show up to support them. BAWA has reminded dog owners to refresh their socialisation techniques with their dogs before the event to ensure the dogs are comfortable around numbers of people and other dogs.
BAWA director Janice Girardi said the community project was realising excellent outcomes.
“Our ongoing monitoring of these banjars shows that people are no longer throwing away puppies, especially females, and that some people will now rescue dogs that have been discarded or are injured or sick,” she said
“They no longer give, trade or sell their dogs to dog meat traders and have a really great understanding of the significance of the Bali dog breed. They also understand humane population programs and the importance of vaccinating their dogs against rabies.”
BAWA is working with other Gianyar banjars on this important community project which is sponsored by IFAW, the International Fund for Animal Welfare.
The pilot project is bringing real change, driven by the villagers, to community attitudes and behaviours to dogs and therefore to the health and overall welfare of Bali Dogs in the villages.
(BAWA doesn’t encourage dressing animals in human clothes, but we do love this community’s initiative & enthusiasm)