News Archive

Our updates and stories month by month

August 2020

Our updates and stories in August

Urgent medical attention to animals in need

FOUR PAWS rescues animals from collapsed buildings in Beirut

FOUR PAWS saves pets in Lebanon

The cat meat trade in Vietnam

Special dish 'Little Tiger': The rampant cat meat trade in Vietnam

Over one million cats are killed for their meat every year as part of the cruel and hidden trade, FOUR PAWS and Change For Animals Foundation reports

FOUR PAWS shuts down dog slaughterhouse in Cambodia critical to the trade

FOUR PAWS shuts down dog slaughterhouse in Cambodia critical to the trade

Thousands of dogs are spared a gruesome death by drowning, choking, and asphyxiation


July 2020

Our updates and stories in July

Urgent Weekend Rescue Provides Two Former-Circus Tigers A ‘Retirement’

FOUR PAWS transferred Jill and Sahib to sanctuary in Germany


Breaking News: Vietnam’s issues directive to ban all wildlife trade in reaction to COVID-19! 

Vietnam has banned the import of wild animals and their parts and banned the sale of wild animals and their parts within the country. 

Bear Melanka

Update Melanka & Leo

GREAT NEWS: Thanks to your support, more than 9,000 protest e-mails were sent to the State Management of Affairs in Ukraine.


FOUR PAWS Joins Unique Streaming Event to Save Animals and the Planet

Famous Fido Rescue to host virtual event called the Celebration of Life airing Saturday, July 25th


Pandemics don’t just affect our health

The economic effects of the next pandemic could set us back for years

Cuc and Nhai, a life behind bars

Rescue Daisy and Jasmine

After 18 years behind bars, Daisy and Jasmine get rescued to a new life


Ending Widescale Animal Exploitation to prevent further Pandemics

The Dog and Cat Meat Trade presents a real future pandemic risk

Therapy dog Smiley

Rescue Smiley

From street dog to valuable AAI team member 

Dogs in cages at a dog meat trader in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Siem Reap, first Cambodian province to ban dog meat

Local government takes action after FOUR PAWS year-long investigation of industry  

Bear Jeta

Rescue Jeta

New home for one of Europe's saddest bears

Therapy dog Shoko

Rescue Shoko

From guard dog to therapy dog


June 2020

Our updates and stories in June

Urgent feeding mission for Thailand's starving elephants



FOUR PAWS Actions during the COVID-19 Pandemic

We continue to fight to end the Dog and Cat Meat Trade during the pandemic

Hazel and Diana

Rescue Hazel and Diana

Two baby kittens that were thrown away like garbage

Dog Doris

Rescue Doris

Poor dog Doris had a stroke of bad luck in humid Thailand


World First Report Finds Fashion Industry Lagging on Animal Welfare

FOUR PAWS urges brands to step up for all animals in the “new normal”


Hurricane Season in a time of COVID

A potentially strong hurricane season in the midst of a pandemic


Feeding Strays Through COVID

Our efforts to bring food where it is needed most continue through the pandemic


China bans the selling of dog and cat meat

FOUR PAWS calls on the Governments of Cambodia, Indonesia and Vietnam to follow China’s example

Cat Leila

Rescue Luke and Leila

Saved from the cat meat trade industry at the very last minute


May 2020

Our updates and stories in May

FOUR PAWS rescues bear cub from illegal wildlife trade in Vietnam

Cub Mochi finds a species-appropriate home at BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh


Rescued From 18 Years in a Cage

2 Bears Rescued in Vietnam Amidst COVID-19 pandemic

Orphaned orangutan rescued by FOUR PAWS

Orangutan Baby Rescued from Bag Tied to Motorcycle, then Locked in Jail

Traumatized orphan nearly dumped due to COVID-19 fears, now bonds with surrogate mother 

Bears James and Freddie playing

The Police Check That Changed A Bears Life

A routine police stopped a taxi in Vietnam found a shocking surprise laying on the back seat


Celebrities Join Dog Meat Free Coalition

Celeb video mounts pressure on President Jokowi to respond to COVID-19 by closing down Indonesia’s live animal markets and dog and cat meat trades


Disasters and your pets: Are you ready?

This guide will help you and your family get prepared



What you need to know and what can you do? 

Dog Sor and Pitch

Rescue Sor and Pich

Part of our Mission on Silk Island

Bear Violeta enjoys her life

Rescue Violeta

Some wounds remain scars forever

Dog in front of a temple

Stray Animal Care on Silk Island, Cambodia

FOUR PAWS provides lifesaving care for dogs and cats

Lion Lenci in FELIDA

Rescue Lenci

This lion is a true fighter: his story from 'Europe's worst zoo' to a happy life


April 2020

Our updates and stories in April

The Tiger Kings of Europe: New Report Details the Captive ‘Tiger Crisis’

There are more tigers in captivity than in the wild


NGOs call on World Health Organization to help stop next pandemic

In the wake of COVID-19, FOUR PAWS demands a ban on global wildlife markets to prevent such health crises in the future

Dog Kovi

Rescue Kovi, Kara, Tina

Three dogs found on deaths door

Bengal tiger rescue from the Bloemfontein Zoo

Rescue of Two Tigers and Three Jackals

Home at LIONSROCK after Emergency Rescue

Dog Archie

Rescue Archie

Left howling in pain when struck by a motorbike, dog Archie gets the care he desperately needed

Dasha and Lelya at BEAR SANCTUARY Domazhyr

Rescue Dasha and Lelya

They have spent most of their lives in a small concrete cage, unable to express their natural behavior

Team preparing for sheep rescue

Animal Disaster Relief in Romania

14,600 sheep trapped inside a capsized ship

Stray animal care in Romania

COVID-19 and Stray Animals

What a pandemic means for stray cats and dogs

Veterinarian Dr Frank Göritz in Khan Younis Zoo in the Gaza Strip

World Veterinary Day

Celebrate the world class vets at the helm of our emergency rescue missions

Dog and cat meat trade in the time of the COVID-19 epidemic in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

While China bans dog and cat meat, trade in Southeast Asia is thriving

While China bans dog and cat meat, trade in Southeast Asia is thriving 


Timeline of our activities and achievements

FOUR PAWS is committed to bringing an end to the cruel dog and cat meat trade in Southeast Asia

#saddestbears Ukraine

Melanka and Leo Have Been Waiting a Long Time to Be Rescued

These bears deserve a brighter future

The four puppies in a bag

Rescue of Four Puppies

Tied up in a plastic bag and thrown away like trash

Happy and healthy Dushi

The Transformation of a Rescued Wild Animal

After being rescued, many of our animals go through a mental and physical transformation


march 2020

Our updates and stories in March

Orangatan in Care of FOUR PAWS

FOUR PAWS ORANGUTAN FOREST SCHOOL prepares for emergencies

Virus thought to pose grave danger to great apes 

Lion Ivan-Asen in FELDIA 2018

Rescue Ivan-Asen

Rescued from a zoo in Bulgaria and brought to our Big Cat Centre FELIDA

Happy Bear

Measures in times of corona

We are well prepared and care for our animals


Consequences of Corona: Waiting times borders

Live animal transports during coronavirus situation

Dog Max

Rescue Max

An abused dog gets his second chance and a family who loves him


FOUR PAWS Statement on the novel coronavirus / COVID-19

Adaptations we have made, animal care remains top priority 

Brown bear Lady M.

Rescue Lady M.

After many years of 'dancing', this girl can spend her days in peace 


February 2020

Our updates and stories in February

Bear Ben in a tiny cage

Rescue Ben

He suffered almost three decades in a tiny, filthy cage

Dog Kitty sitting

Rescue Kitty

Thailand's Forgotten Dogs Program saved her life

Lions Masoud and Terez

Rescue Masoud and Terez

Two Bulgarian lion cubs find a new home in our Big Cat Centre FELIDA

Bear in cage

Rescue Suzana and Bruno

FOUR PAWS transferred two brown bears to cooperation partner Bear Refuge Kuterevo in Croatia

Dogs in a cage

Ten million dogs and cats are slaughtered for their meat in Southeast Asia yearly

According to new FOUR PAWS report, trade continues to thrive despite severe risk to public health 

Dog in front of a temple

Stray Animal Care on Silk Island, Cambodia

FOUR PAWS provides lifesaving care for dogs and cats


January 2020

Our updates and stories in January

Biggest Bile Bear Rescue

Suffering bears find a species-appropriate and safe home


FOUR PAWS International: Long-time colleague Josef Pfabigan to follow Heli Dungler as CEO

Former CFO and long-time colleague, Josef Pfabigan, to follow Heli Dungler as CEO

starving lions

FOUR PAWS cares for starving animals in Sudan

Four lions have already lost two thirds of their natural body weight

Rescued sheep arrive at new home

FOUR PAWS provides new home for sheep rescued from capsized ship in Romania

180 sheep out of 14,000 survived due to tireless rescue efforts


FOUR PAWS mourns its Founder and President Heli Dungler


Rescue Mi and Tam

Two bear cubs saved from illegal wildlife trade in Vietnam

Bear Misha at BEAR SANCTUARY Domazhyr

Rescue Misha

First steps in his new life