In May 2014, WAP (World Animal Protection), formerly known as WSPA (World Society for the Protection of Animals) visited Bali and Flores to spend time on patrol with some of Indonesia’s top dog-vaccinating teams. These elite teams, are trained by the FAO in Bali, to capture and vaccinate dogs quickly, effectively and painlessly.
Rabies has been a long-term problem in Indonesia and in the past attempting to control it by cruelly culling dogs failed miserably.
The team has now been able to implement its humane vaccination program in Flores which is making the world of difference to animals and people alike.
We joined them at dusk, prime-time for capturing street dogs, and witnessed them swing into action. Whizzing around on scooters with their big nets, they are super-fast, nimble, coordinated and above all highly-skilled in catching dogs.
They then fasten a distinctive collar around the dog’s neck which signifies that they have been vaccinated and are helped protected from a cruel death.
More curious dogs come out of the shadows, barking to their friends, making sure they are okay. And before long, they too are getting their lifesaving vaccinations. Protecting them, and the people who share their neighbourhood.
Veterinarian Dibya told us: “People have become more aware of the vaccination teams. They are happy to see more dogs being vaccinated, they know it’s good for dogs and good for people.”
Seeing the people with their dogs, the children playing with them and older people enjoying their companionship, it’s easy to see that this great work helps protect dogs and the people who look after them is worthwhile.