The Domestic Animal Program aims to :
The animals abandoned at KWPLH are usually kittens and puppies, individuals far too young to survive independently. Turning our backs to these young animals would be equivalent to letting them slowly starve to death – a fate we consider unacceptable. Visiting vets have spayed and neutered all of our domestic animals (that are of age), all receive vaccines and regular treatment for parasites and other health issues. We are now trying to find new caring homes for some of these animals.
A large multi-leveled cat enclosure with several informative signs nearby has been built to launch our education efforts and has created a lot of interest from visitors. We hope that the good condition of our cats and dogs will speak for the validity of our claims as to how animals should be treated for optimal health and attractiveness.
We are currently promoting a government run spay/neuter program for stray animals and interest has been shown, hopefully, in the future the unwanted animal problem will be tackled on a larger scale.
Over the last two years we have also developed a domestic animal program (cats and dogs) which is currently focusing on education of care-taking (health and nutrition), but also aimed at differentiating between wild and domestic animals. We house some 100+ cats and 5 dogs at the center, all strays that have now been neutered and are well taken care of. A careful cat adoption programme has been started.
KWPLH works closely together with the local government in Balikpapan which gives an annual grant that covers much of the operational costs of the center, including a large part of feeding the animals on a daily basis. Outside funds are sought for medical care for the animals, new animal facilities (small clinic, new quarantine, new cat enclosure), as well as special education exhibits. The message wild animals do not make good pets can be promoted by incorporating domestic animals into conservation programs with a new message: domestic animals make good pets. With an emphasis on the differences between domesticated and exotic animals, the domesticated species can become a valuable tool in the effort to reduce the demand for non-domesticated animals by the public.
The exhibit provided an educational panel geared toward helping the local public understand how we care for our animals and how they, in turn, should care for their pets at home.
KWPLH accepts a limited number of resident volunteers. Volunteers should be prepared to spend a minimum period of 3-6 months at KWPLH. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and include a C.V. or resume and a description of your relevant experience or talents. We are interested in people with prior experience in general education, environmental education, pet shelter management, graphic design, construction, and more. Click here to preview our volunteer agreement form which includes information about living and working at KWPLH. We have no funds available for volunteers.
Going on a trip overseas? We frequently need supplies from foreign countries. Let us know when and where you are going and we will arrange for supplies to be sent to your destination for you to carry back to Balikpapan. We also deeply appreciate donations of pet supplies from overseas such as medications, treats, and toys.
On-site Animal Caring
Volunteering with dogs and cats is a fun and meaningful experience. Volunteers can help with dog walking, training, grooming, or just spending time with the animals. You might enjoy a weekly trip to our facility to view our bears and then relax the afternoon away with a good book and a half-dozen kittens on your lap. We are looking for individuals who can make a regular monthly commitment. Please contact us for more information.
We are currently looking for individuals or small groups of people to work on publicity and possibly fund raising for KWPLH. These tasks could be completed either at our offices or off-site, at the home of the interested party. This role can be adapted to fit your skills and interests.