When I visit Agung Dewi Laina Pertiwi’s house, her dogs welcome me first, barking loudly. “They don’t bite, don’t worry,” says the 12-year-old. Then she lets me into her home, a modest house near the market in Mas village, in the Ubud district of Bali.
Two years ago, Agung Dewi fell gravely ill after eating expired bread and was rushed to the hospital. On his way to visit her, Agung Dewi’s father found a small stray dog on the street and brought it to her. The next day, she was cured. She started rescuing stray dogs soon after.