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is the global animal welfare organization for animals under direct human influence, which reveals suffering, rescues animals in need, and protects them. Our vision is a world where humans treat animals with respect, empathy, and understanding. 

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Mink crammed in a cage

#ProtectMillions

Stolen. Killed. Eaten. End the Dog and Cat Meat Trade.

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#WearitKind

The future of fashion is here!

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#SaveTheSaddestBears

Bears are still kept in appalling conditions. Their owners often use them for profit. Whether for bile extraction, training hunting dogs or...

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#TravelKind

How to be an Animal-friendly Traveler

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How to be an Animal-friendly Traveler

Tiger trade

It’s closer than you think! FOUR PAWS reveals the involvement of Europe in the ruthless trade and the cruel tiger business.

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Crypto Has Gone to the Animals This GivingTuesday

FOUR PAWS Receives Their Largest Cryptocurrency Donation Yet Through Partnership with Pawthereum, Expands Rescue Facility in Cambodia   


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Dog Meat Trade in Indonesia

Police in Indonesia intercept a notorious dog meat trader, saving over 50 terrified dogs awaiting slaughter

FOUR PAWS hoped this would be a turning point in the campaign against the dog meat trade


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Philanthropy and Charitable Giving

What is philanthropy and how can it help animals


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Fast-Food Industry Need to Make Some Fast Changes, Ranking Says

Domino’s and Papa John’s rank worst in FOUR PAWS new global fast-food chain assessment, ignoring topics like animal welfare and climate change


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Horse drawn cart

FOUR PAWS helps ending animal cruelty at UNESCO World Heritage Site

The use of horse carriages in Petra, Jordan will no longer be permitted and replaced by electric golf carts


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Thailand launches “first-of-its-kind” initiative to improve dog welfare

Thailand launches “first-of-its-kind” initiative to improve dog welfare

The province of Trang has launched a programme following Thailand’s announcement to re-open on 1 November post COVID-19 regulations


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Farm industry

COP26 is the best chance to tackle the climate emergency

But without addressing animal welfare it will be a historic missed opportunity


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Transfer tiger Caruso

Tiger King – everyone is watching, no one is acting

The truth behind Joe Exotic and Tiger King season 2 on Netflix!


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Future study on pandemic prevention: scientists sound the alarm

FOUR PAWS highlights interlinkage between human health, animal welfare, and pandemics 


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Future Panel – How to prevent the next pandemic?

Online Expert Panel Discussion, October 20th 2021, 5 PM (CET), 11 AM (EST)


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Seven rescued lions reach Dutch sanctuary after journey across Europe

Seven rescued lions reach Dutch sanctuary after journey across Europe

FOUR PAWS rescued the lions from inappropriate breeding and keeping conditions in Romania


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Beirut Bear

The Beirut Bears: The Odyssey of Homer and Ulysses

From Lebanon to Colorado, these captive bears now have a sprawling home 


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wildlife SANCTUARIES

We provide species-appropriate homes for rescued animals all over the world.

Lioness Neida at LIONSROCK Big Cat Sanctuary

LIONSROCK Big Cat Sanctuary

A FOUR PAWS project in South Africa since 2006

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Bear Cuc BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh

BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh

A FOUR PAWS project in Vietnam since 2017

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Bear Luna at BEAR SANCTUARY Müritz

BEAR SANCTUARY Müritz

A FOUR PAWS project in Germany since 2006

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Animal Rescues

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Rescue Jenny, Toby and Moris

Rescue Jenny, Toby, and Moris

From being props for tourist entertainment to life in paradise, three bear cubs begin their new lives

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Orphan Lestari

Rescue Lestari

The orangutan orphan recovering from trauma and learning how to enjoy her life again in the ORANGUTAN FOREST SCHOOL

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Dog Oiţã on the streets

Rescue Oiţã

So much love to give after being hurt by humans

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