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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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#ProtectMillions

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

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#TravelKind

How to be an Animal-friendly Traveler

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How to be an Animal-friendly Traveler

#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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#WearitKind

The future of fashion is here!

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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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Lion in field

FOUR PAWS encouraged by South AfricaN Authorities' announcement on captive lions

Announcement from the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE), could mean good news for lions


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Rescue Lola

Rescue Lola

Chained for a whole year, dog Lola finally gets a chance in life


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Dr. Amir Khalil with Kaavan

Lonely No More: Kaavan the elephant becomes a star

Kaavan, Cher and Dr. Amir Khalil star in Smithsonian Documentary on the ground-breaking rescue


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The Secret Life of Sleeping Bears

What can we learn from bears that hibernate?


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AAI dog Kaya

Preparing Dogs for Animal Assisted Interventions

How former stray animals are prepared to become therapy dogs and help people in need


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Pig farming

One year after COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by the WHO:

FOUR PAWS calls on responsible organizations and governments to improve the human-animal relationship to prevent future pandemics


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Dog panting in the heat

Fake Animal Rescue Videos

How to spot orchestrated animal rescues  


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From Cage to California 

Dogs saved from Cambodian meat trade, Take “Freedom Flights” to U.S. for Adoption


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wildlife SANCTUARIES

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

LIONSROCK Big Cat Sanctuary

A species-appropriate home for over 100 rescued animals

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Bear at BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh

BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh

A peaceful oasis for former bile bears

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BEAR SANCTUARY Mueritz

The largest BEAR SANCTUARY in Western Europe

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Animal Rescues

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Rescue Xuan and Mo

Rescue Xuan and Mo

Kept in a basement, the Asiatic black bears were rescued from a life in darkness

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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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