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help for bears

Bears are native to every continent in the world except Australia and New Zealand. Sadly today, not every bear gets to live freely in the wild.  Many are forced to perform in circuses, are kept as baiting bears that must fight to survive or must pose for selfies with tourists. 

The Suffering of Baiting Bears

FOUR PAWS campaigns against illegal bear-baiting in Ukraine and rescues former baiting bears

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Save the saddest bears Albania

Saddest bears Albania: FOUR PAWS campaigns for a legal ban of cruel bear keeping

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Worldwide, there are many forms of cruel bear exploitation and abuse, and it is our task to intervene. Help us to end the keeping of bears in conditions unsuited to the species and support our campaigns and missions to Save the Saddest Bears! 

our bear sanctuaries

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

BEAR SANCTUARY Arbesbach

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

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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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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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Dancing Bears Park Belitsa

A safe haven for former dancing bears

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BEAR SANCTUARY Mueritz

The largest BEAR SANCTUARY in Western Europe

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FoUR PAWS rescues

Stories about bears we freed from captivity

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