Stray Animal Care in Borneo, Indonesia
Helping cats, wildlife and communities
FOUR PAWS runs an exciting ongoing spay/neuter and vaccination program to help homeless and free-roaming dogs and cats in Borneo. This program has had terrific results, improving animal health and building community support for companion animal welfare. This is the first and only program of its kind carried out in Kalimantan that focuses on improving stray animal welfare while also protecting endangered wildlife from diseases that can be transmitted by domestic animals.
Kalimantan is home to thousands of stray animals, especially cats, roaming the streets. Not only do usually the animals live in deplorable conditions, but these populations also present a threat to the sensitive tropical ecosystem. Homeless dogs and cats are routinely subject to infectious disease, injury, abuse, and starvation. In cooperation with local animal welfare charities Pro Natura and Jejak Pulang, FOUR PAWS works to stabilise stray animal populations, reduce their impact on the local environment and wildlife, and improve their care in the community.
FOUR PAWS provides animals with medical care they would have never otherwise received. Our Indonesian vet team routinely conducts mobile clinics, providing each animal with a general medical check-up, anti-worming medication, anti-flea treatments, and antibiotics where needed. If healthy enough for surgery, cats and dogs are spayed or neutered.
Impressions from Borneo
Borneo is among the most biologically diverse areas on the planet, and home to some of the most marvelous creatures in the world. Sun bears, orangutans, and rare endangered birds, including the Bornean ground cuckoo and peacock pheasant, all call Borneo home. Stray and free-roaming dogs and cats can conflict with local wildlife populations through resource competition, disease transmission, and predation.
The FOUR PAWS Borneo program is unique in that aims to find sustainable, humane solutions for both stray animals and wildlife! Our sterilisation and vaccination activities help mitigate animal welfare issues by ensuring stray animals are free from disease and unable to reproduce. Sterilisation has the added benefit of reducing roaming, fighting, and other unwanted territorial behaviors that can pose a threat to wildlife. As a result, stray dogs and cats also become better neighbours with their human counterparts which improves community acceptance and care.
An effective partnership
Our stray animal care work in Borneo is done in collaboration with local animal welfare charities, Pro Natura and Jejak Pulang. The Pro Natura Foundation, based in East Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo) was established in March 2013, motivated by the need for providing ongoing assistance towards the various animal and education programmes at the Sun bear education center in East Kalimantan, Indonesia.
In addition to operating a sun bear sanctuary, the facility also has an impressive educational exhibit and cat adoption house which serves to educate people about domestic animals and promote responsible pet ownership.