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Life's a Beach

Nurturing the Balinese Street Dogs of Jimbaran Bay.

(3/6/2006) InterContinental Resort Bali in collaboration with the [Yudisthira Swarga Foundation] and a senior student from the Bali International School held a free clinic for neighborhood and stray dogs on Jimbaran beach on Friday, March 3, 2006.

The Yudisthira Swarga Foundation is a non-profit organization that works with a team of qualified veterinarians to treat and sterilize street dogs on a catch and release basis. The foundation, located in Jalan Tukad Balian 170 in Denpasar, operates with a budget that relies almost entirely on the generosity of donations from animal lovers both in Bali and abroad.

According to statistics published by the Yudisthira Swarga Foundation, there are some 500,000 "community dogs" living on the streets and beaches of Bali. Severely neglected and part-feral, many of these dogs suffer from malnutrition, skin disease, parasites and unsightly wounds.

On Friday, March 3, 2006, workers from the InterContinental Resort Bali and other interested members of the community dedicated an entire day to the care of these animals living on Jimbaran Bay. Starting at 9.00 a.m., the voluntary team from Yudisthira Swarga Foundation traveled throughout the Jimbaran areas rounding up any stray dogs that required treatment. Working from a temporary clinic set up adjacent to the Resort, tens of animals were given necessary medication and sterilized before being released back into the community.

In the afternoon an educational session open to local residents on the importance of canine hygiene and care was held with refreshments and door prizes provided by the Resort.