About Us

Little Steps Matter was founded by Sabine Kaufmann, a lifelong animal lover and defender of animal rights. Originally from Germany, at the age of 6 Sabine started to bring home animals in need. ​As a teenager she further developed her passion and love for horses, connecting with these animals on a deeper level, and later running her own stables for many years. Since arriving in Bali in 1989, Sabine was very distressed by the amount of sick and injured dogs and cats she saw roaming the streets. Over the years, she took them in for healing and rehabilitation, before looking for suitable owners to adopt these abandoned animals. Founding Little Steps Matter became the natural next step, allowing Sabine to devote her life to helping animals in Bali on a wider scale, in order for even more animals to have a second chance at a happy and healthy life. 

Sabine also practices natural horsemanship with her own horses, and offers the same care for boarding horses. 


Together with the support of her sister-in-law Putu Krista, best friend Claudia, and brother Jochen, Sabine established Little Steps Matter in 2016. Krista became her partner for the daily street feeding schedule, and co-hosting mass sterilization days. Krista grew up caring for sick animals, and with her kind personality, she finds the most patient and empathic approach to connect to and build trust with locals as we tour from house to house, teaching about animal care. Claudia is the Cat Lover in our organisation who fosters many of the rescued cats until they find their forever homes. She assists with emergency rescues and vet visits, as well as taking care of the accounting and administration for the foundation; and like Sabine she practices natural horsemanship with her own horse (and member of her family), Max. 

Keeping it in the family even more, Sabine's son Andre also plays a major role in the day-to-day foundation work. Having grown up around animals, Andre is a huge animal lover and has assisted with daily feeds and animal rescues since he was small.


Another German friend, Beate, supports Little Steps Matter on the legal side through her consulting business for sustainable and eco-friendly companies, Pertiwi Consulting, alongside her work with underprivileged children via Manuksesa Children's Project. Nala is our ongoing volunteer and social media whizz, whose invaluable help extends to helping with animal rescue emergencies, and supporting with our monthly mass sterilizations. 

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Give a voice to the voiceless:

 Help us to help animals in need

Our Mission:

To eradicate suffering of animals in Bali through 3 areas: Feeding/Treatment, Sterilization and Education/Adoption.

To provide food and medical care for animals in need across Tabanan and beyond, and educate locals in the ethical treatment and care of animals, and ultimately encourage a chain of education to others. 

To sterilize all abandoned and owned dogs and cats in Tabanan and beyond, to eradicate unwanted pregnancies and babies being dumped. 

To eradicate mange across Tabanan and beyond, and treat all flea and tick infestations in street dogs and owned dogs. 

To bring owners closer to their pets, and find forever homes for all abandoned animals.


Our Vision For The Future

Our vision is of a Bali where all animals are respected.

By focussing on our mission statement objectives, and working with local communities, we hope this vision can become a reality in the next 15 years. But this is only possible with your kind help and support.