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Adopsi: Using tech to find stray dogs and cats furrever homes

Michael Friis Johansen

The Jakarta Post

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Yogyakarta  /  Mon, October 7, 2019  /  04:26 pm
Adopsi: Using tech to find stray dogs and cats furrever homes

Unconditional love: Bobby Fernando cuddles with Uzima, a Labrador mix rescued from Karimunjawa, Central Java, while another dog waits his turn. (JP/Michael Friis Johansen)

Through a mobile app, animal rescuer Bobby Fernando is trying to save as many stray dogs as possible. Femke, a medium-sized, mixed-breed stray dog, owes her life to Bobby and she is not the only one. At one point in Femke’s life, she was only hours away from being eaten before Bobby rescued her last year from a dog slaughterhouse, often found in many dog-eating regions in Indonesia. Bobby found Femke while he was investigating an “extra” market in Tomohon, North Sulawesi. The word “extra” means that vendors do not only sell regular meat but also that of snakes, bats and even cats and dogs. “The dogs and the cats, they’re being sold alive,” Bobby said. “It’s crazy because [customers] need to pick which dog or which cat they want and then they [the vendors] will kill the dog or cat in front of everyone.” Th...