Adopt don’t shop: This database lists all healthy dogs, cats up for adoption in Bali from island’s many rescuers

Looking to take in a new furry member of the family in Bali?

Whether you’re seeking a dog or cat companion to add to your household, you can now turn to one central database that’s combined listings from over 10 of the island’s animal rescuers.

Acting as an independent, third party website, Adopt Bali takes listings from everyone to more established NGOs like the Bali Animal Welfare Association (BAWA) and the Bali Adoption and Rehabilitation Center (BARC) to solo rescuers, passionate individuals who rescue dogs on their own.

Since each organization and rescuer has their own adoption and screening progress, all adoptions and meetings are done by contacting the rescuers directly.

Having just launched on Sunday, Adopt Bali has over 80 listings of local dogs and cats, each listing complete with a photo of the animal, along with their medical history (sterilization, vaccination status, etc.) and personality traits. Because let’s face it, animals have their own personalities and different personalities are suited to different lifestyles.

Take Grizzly for example, a male puppy rescued by Bali Hound Helps, who has a deformed paw “that stops him from nothing.” He’s as active as ever and “thrives on affection.”

Or Toffee, a two-month old kitten rescued by the BAWA who is playful, friendly and “is well adjusted and easygoing.”

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Left: Grizzly. Right: Toffee

Behind Adopt Bali is Lauren Kay, who says she founded the website because she wanted to put her web design background to use and she knows how hard it is to get animals adopted in Bali, from her own personal experience.

“I love animals and living in Bali can be kind of hard. I’ve lived here for a year and a half because I met an Indonesian man and moved to be close,” Kay told Coconuts Bali in an email this week.

“We currently have 11 cats and 1 dog in our home, though we’ve rescued/fostered many more, some going on to new homes, some dying because Bali is a harsh place for tiny kittens. For a year I reached out to rescue groups because I wanted to learn the challenges they faced.

“I saw how difficult it was to get animals adopted – people ask for puppies to adopt on Facebook, while others daily post about their dogs for adoption. I have a web design background and knew there were better ways to connect these two.”

Also available on Adopt Bali are a number of resources to help pet owners care for their animals, including articles on basic dog care, dog health & problems, and animal welfare laws in Bali.

The website is currently only laid out in English but there are plans in the works to get an Indonesian version soon, says Kay.

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