The Jakarta Post
A happy dog gets a pedicure at Vodka & Latte in Kemang, South Jakarta. (JP/Wienda Parwitasari)
Ever felt confused about where to take your dogs and cats in the city?
These are the places you can visit to spoil your pets or even welcome a new furry friend into your life.
Located in Kemang and established four years ago, Vodka & Latte has a salon, swimming pool, park, café and hotel for dogs. It uses Japanese-standard service, including in its grooming and styling service. When making an appointment, the staff will usually ask for your dog’s name, its breed and whether it has long or short hair. Upon arrival, your dog will be screened for fleas (it should have less than five fleas) and rabies vaccine status for new customers.
One of the staff members of Vodka & Latte swims alongside Gin. (JP/Wienda Parwitasari)
The grooming service includes a warm water bath, double shampooing, conditioning, nail cutting, ear as well as anal cleansing and trimming for its paws, tummy and eye area. It usually takes an hour for bathing, but it will extend to three hours with styling. Prices depend on the breed, but start at Rp 185,000 for grooming and Rp 275,000 for styling.
Regarding the swimming pool’s operational hours, your dog can swim whenever it wants as long as it is in a fit physical condition and not after 5 p.m. Vodka & Latte also has a daycare that operates during its operational hours, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. As for the hotel, customers are required to bring their pets’ food as each dog usually has a different diet. The hotel provides air conditioned rooms, 24-hour staffing, an in-house vet, a blanket, bed and playtime three times a day. Prices for the hotel start at Rp 150,000 per night.
The interior of Vodka & Latte in Kemang, South Jakarta. (JP/Wienda Parwitasari)
For styling, it is advised to book in advance and at least a day before, especially on the weekend. For the hotel, it is best to make an appointment six months prior, particularly if you want to leave your dogs during long holidays, such as Idul Fitri or New Year.
Location: Jl. Kemang Timur Raya 88A, South Jakarta, 12730
Contact: ( 6221 ) 7179 3737
Zoom Pet City is a home for dogs and cats, according to the owner, Endrizal. Built with a laid-back design, it offers many services for pets, starting from grooming to healthcare and a hotel.
The grooming service depends on the size of your pets. Your pets will first be checked to determine what type of grooming they need, such as treating hairloss or fleas. Pet lovers can also learn about grooming techniques there. Grooming will require one to three hours on average. You do not need to make an appointment for grooming on weekdays, but it is necessary on weekends. Prices start at Rp 100,000 for cats and Rp 150,000 for dogs.
People are free to pet cats in the playground of Zoom Pet City. (JP/Ni Nyoman Wira)
The swimming pool is provided for dogs and cats at a starting price of Rp 50,000. Before plunging into the pool, make sure your pets are healthy. With operating hours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the place offers swimming lessons for your pets. Dogs and cats do not have separate pools, but if your cats are new to swimming and not used to being around dogs, it is suggested that they swim on weekdays, as weekends are usually for dogs.
For the hotel, each animal will get an individual space, playtime and food is provided – unless they have a special diet, in which case pet owners bring their own food. For long holidays, such as Idul Fitri and New Year, it is suggested that you make an appointment a month before. Prices start at Rp 100,000 for cats and Rp 150,000 for dogs.
A dog park in the backyard of Zoom Pet City, Kemang, South Jakarta. (JP/Ni Nyoman Wira)
If you are an animal lover who wants to pet some cats, you can visit its cat playground and play with them for no fee. Similarly, if you want your dog to have fun in an outdoor space, there is a dog park available in the backyard available for free. However, your dogs must constantly be under your supervision. You will also be required to put them on a leash and scoop their poop.
Location: Jl. Kemang Timur 3A No. 2, Mampang Prapatan, South Jakarta, 12730
Contact: +6287 778 352 777
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Garda Satwa Indonesia (GSI) was founded in 2012 and later became a formal organization in 2014. “At first we were a group of animal lovers who often gathered and rescued stray animals,” said Icha, the operational director of GSI, to the Post.
One of their aims is to educate people so that they do not torture animals and help them instead. The organization says it is a challenge in Indonesia as there have been many animal abuse cases and Article 302 of the Criminal Code on animal abuse has not been a deterrent. It specifies that those who intentionally harm an animal face a maximum of three months in jail or a maximum fine of Rp 4,500 (US$ 0.32).
Three dogs socialize at Garda Satwa Indonesia. (JP/Wienda Parwitasari)
The GSI also provides an adoption program. Those who are interested in adopting animals that are under the GSI’s care should contact members of the GSI. The GSI will then survey the applicants' home. “We’re very strict as we would like to prevent the animals being neglected again,” Icha said.
There will be interviews with family members and neighborhood observation. After all of the requirements are fulfilled, the adopter is allowed to choose the animals they want, or the GSI's members will do it for them by considering their home and lifestyle. The adjustment process usually takes six months and members will monitor the animals during that period.
All of the animals at the GSI's shelters have been sterilized and have their health supervised. There is no adoption charge as long as the adopters are committed to their pets.
Icha, the operational director of Garda Satwa Indonesia, takes a photo of one of the dogs. (JP/Wienda Parwitasari)
However, there have been cases where adopters can no longer keep the animals. Icha advised them to be honest and return the animals to the GSI. “It’s better than giving the animals to people we don’t know,” she said.
Aside from adoption, donations via bank transfer and PayPal are welcome.
Contact: +62896 06990889 (adoption)
Starting in 1997, Groovy Pet Transport is a subsidiary of Groovy pet shop. A member of the International Pet and Animal Transportation Association (IPATA), Groovy helps its customers in preparing documents and handling the transportation of pets worldwide or domestically.
When it comes to domestic shipping, each province has its own terms. There are also provinces where it is forbidden to move animals because of cases of rabies, among them Batam and Bali.
The company uses air transportation, either cargo or commercial airline. An airline's brand will be chosen based on the destination and distance, with travel time on average no more than two by 24 hours. “The most important thing is that the airline has facilities for living animals, including having the right device to monitor the temperature,” said Juda Adisusanto, CEO of Groovy.
Groovy also gives suggestions to pet owners regarding whether their furry friends should be placed in checked baggage, cargo or in the cabin. They will usually be put in a crate comfortable enough for them to move around in.
For those who wish to use Groovy’s service, it is important to know the laws of the destination as each country and province has their own pet transportion rules. “We also help in fulfilling the pet’s requirements, starting from vaccines, health and blood tests,” said Juda, adding that blood tests are becoming popular in certain countries to ensure a pet is rabies-free and to replace quarantine procedures.
Pets that are vaccinated routinely can be transported and owners are expected to contact Groovy at least a month before they plan to move their pets. Owners are required to acquire documents, such as from the Agriculture Ministry and quarantine authorities. However, for people who want to transport their pet to countries that require a blood test, it is advised to contact Groovy as soon as possible, preferably seven months prior.
Please take note that some airlines do not fly certain breeds of dog, such as pitbulls, dogs that have strong jaws and snub-nosed breeds as they can face breathing difficulty.
Prices depend on many factors, including documents, whether your pet is placed as checked baggage, tickets, destination and airline.
Location: Ruko Malibu ITC BSD Blok A No. 8, BSD City in Tangerang, Banten
Contact: +6221 537-4443, +6221 537-4460