Participating Project

Project information

IFAW Bali Dogs Project

IFAW’s Bali Dogs Project is a pilot, community-supported, sustained effort that mitigates the threat of rabies in humans and dogs through door to door outreach and service provision in three villages, or Desas. This project aims to demonstrate viability for scale-up to Bali's 700 Desas.

April 2018 - December 2019


  • Need


    Rabies emerged on the island in 2008. In response to a recent resurgence of the disease, the government had decided that killing dogs was the only way to control the outbreak. However, culling contributes to the spread of rabies by removing vaccinated dogs from the population.


    The IFAW-trained team are skilled in addressing animal welfare, conducting education in communities, ensuring that veterinary care reaches dogs in need. To reach each of the 28 banjars, or “neighbourhoods”, members have mapped canines using the latest epidemiological software. The population mapping is integral to reaching the 70 % vaccination coverage goal to protect both dogs and humans from rabies. The project uses the latest research to halt the spread of rabies.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Project villages in Bali will be safe from rabies through vaccination and improved dog care.


    » Run a door to door outreach and community events programme which focuses on animal health, guardianship, and rabies vaccination status.

    We will demonstrate the success through on-going data collection including record-keeping for every owned dog within the project area.

    Aim 2

    Local communities will have the knowledge and support to practice rabies control safely.


    » Establish an education programme for villagers, empowering local trainees with the knowledge to act as a point-person for dog-related concerns.

    We will demonstrate the success of this aim with bi-annual street surveys to monitor the roaming dog population, and attitude of residents.

    Aim 3

    Locals will be empowered with the knowledge and tools to provide good care for dogs.


    » Village point persons will liaise with village dog owners and local veterinary authorities to monitor populations, ensure resource and dog welfare.

    We will demonstrate the success of this aim when dog population status against rabies reaches and maintains WHO-recommended level of 70% or higher in each village.

    Aim 4

    We will demonstrate an effective model for rabies control which can be replicated across Bali.


    » We will monitor effectiveness via a custom app. Data capture includes vaccination coverage, as well as rabies and bite cases within the project areas.

    We will demonstrate the success of this aim using data which will show the levels of rabies coverage have gone up and the number of bite cases will go down against previous years.

  • Impact


    IFAW’s Bali Dogs Project is a rabies control project with vaccination and dog welfare at its core. As these services are delivered, we expect to see a sustained behaviour change in regards to improved standards for dog ownership. This will decrease population turnover, which helps maintain vaccination coverage of the population and decreases the risk of a rabies outbreak. By training local project teams within the community, the project gains community support and a permanency in village life.


    Lack of funding to complete the whole project is a concern. This is a vital project and needs to be completed in its entirety. We are working towards securing donations for materials and quoting to get the best prices. Only projects that can be afforded will be undertaken to prevent unfinished projects.


    IFAW will send out regular emails informing donors of developments. Photos and even videos will be used to show progress and updates. We will also be posting to our Facebook page, Instagram and website.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £26,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £15,000 Veterinary care Rabies and combination vaccinations, sterilisation surgery.
      £1,000 Education and village outreach Village contests, food and venue costs, printing of education materials.
      £5,000 Emergency response & supplies Uniforms and veterinary equipment, driver, vet costs.
      £5,000 Other operating costs Vet costs, community outreach event.
  • Background


    Bali is an island and province of Indonesia and has a population of just over 4 million people. Sanur is a large city split up into several villages, which contains the three where we’re working; Sanur Kauh, Sanur Kaja, and Kelurahan Sanur. These are very close to popular tourist areas so it’s important for Bali that rabies is kept under control.


    The project has trained and employed 32 people across the three villages as project mentors and community dog advocates. The project will monitor every single dog - more than 5, 000 dogs - and provide them with access to veterinary services and vaccination. More than 3,000 dog owners in the villages will be engaged in the project, receive education materials and guidance on good dog welfare and ownership, and will have access to an emergency animal care hotline, staffed by our local partners.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    IFAW has cultivated an expertise in conducting community-led projects that aim to create safer environments for animals and people alike. Our local partnerships have allowed us the unique opportunity to conduct projects where other NGOs have not been able to work. These partnerships allow us to provide treatment to thousands of dogs that would otherwise have no access to veterinary care.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Richie Marriott

    Is the senior development advisor for IFAW. He helps develop relationships between supporters and IFAW’s animal welfare projects.

    Kate Nattrass Atema

    Director of Global Community Animal Program, focusing on the development and implementation of IFAW’s animal welfare strategy.

    Rebekka Thompson-Jones

    Communications Manager based in Australia. Rebekka is responsible for the creating and implementing the regions communications programme.