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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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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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After Dramatic Shipwreck, Global Pressure, Romania Plans to Regulate Live Exports

FOUR PAWS continues to fight for safe shelter for surviving sheep 


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FOUR PAWS takes care of neglected zoo animals in Lebanon

Animals urgently need food and medical treatment


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A Cruel Journey

This is a true story: Our investigators recount the terrifying journey animals experience in the dog and cat meat trade


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Where the wild horses live

The Romanian horses were once at serious risk.


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Biggest Bile Bear Rescue

Suffering bears find a species-appropriate and safe home


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Bullet particles discovered in three-legged bear

FOUR PAWS found a new home for Dushi in Germany after rescue from Albanian horror zoo


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Rescue Lili, Lulu and Lac

The impromptu rescue of three nameless Asiatic black bears 


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Beware of Ticks!

Caution helps to protect dogs and cats


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Ground Zero of the Cambodian Dog Meat Trade

A moments decision between life or death: Neary and Sopol get a second chance! 


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wildlife SANCTUARIES

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

Big Cat Sanctuary LIONSROCK

A species-appropriate home for more than 100 rescued animals

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Arosa Bear Sanctuary

The first bear sanctuary in Switzerland!

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BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh

A peaceful oasis for former bile bears

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BEAR SANCTUARY Arbesbach

The First FOUR PAWS bear sanctuary; helping abused bears since 1998

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Geretteter Tiger aus Syrien genießt die Abendsonne in FELIDA

FELIDA Big Cat Centre

An intensive care rescue center for big cats

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BEAR SANCTUARY Mueritz

The largest BEAR SANCTUARY in Western Europe

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Bär Pashuk aus dem BÄRENWALD Prishtina

BEAR SANCTUARY Prishtina

A peaceful oasis for bears in Kosovo 

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Domazhyr Bear Sanctuary

FOUR PAWS' BEAR SANCTUARY in the Ukraine 

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Big Cat Centre TIERART

An animal-friendly sanctuary of all shapes and sizes!

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Animal Rescues

Read more about our emotional animal rescues.

Rescue Chuoi, Tao and Le

Chuoi, Tao and Le were successfully lured out of their cage for the last time

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Rescue Meow

FOUR PAWS is helping Meow recover and find a safe, loving home

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Rescue Bear Cub

FOUR PAWS rescues orphaned bear cub from basement

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Rescue Laska

FOUR PAWS rescues Ukrainian baiting bear

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