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is a strong, global and independent voice for animals under direct human influence. Our vision is a world where people treat animals with respect, empathy and understanding. 

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Rescue Rosa

Beaten, horribly injured, cruelly humiliated, brown bear Rosa longed to escape her prison bars. 


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Dog Meat Trade Indonesia

Beach paradise turns into hell for thousands of animals every year


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Petition: Protect lambs from mulesing

Every year millions of Australian lambs raised for wool production continue to suffer the brutal mutilation practice of mulesing.


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Killing with cuddles: How lion cub petting in South Africa puts lions in danger

On World Lion Day, the world focuses on these creatures in all their beauty and majesty. These animals, however, are facing a crisis


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Rescue Buttercup

How a wheelchair changed this little furball's life


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Vietnam: Lives of two rescued bear cubs are saved

Mi and Tam delight animal keepers in FOUR PAWS’ BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh 


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Five Ways Every Australian Can Help End Animal Cruelty

Five easy ways you can help protect animals today


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Animal Welfare and Tourism

Selfies taken with bears in chains, on the back of an elephant or petting lion cubs. Animal welfare should not stop on holiday. 


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Our current Campaigns

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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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Wear it Kind

Fashion owes a huge debt to animals but, unfortunately for billions of animals every year, most brands don't even...

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Ending the Dog and Cat Meat Trade

Millions of dogs and cats are killed for their meat every year. FOUR PAWS is committed to bringing an end to the cruel dog and cat meat ...

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Our Key topics

BEARS

Campaigns, bear rescues and solutions to end their suffering
 

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BIG CATS

Learn more about the dangers facing big cats, our campaigns and rescues 

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animals in fashion

Campaigning an animal-friendly fashion industry through our Wear it Kind campaign

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companion animals

Promoting better care for companion animals and ending the online puppy trade
 

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wild animals

All over the world, FOUR PAWS helps wild animals in need
 

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Stray ANimals

Worldwide projects to care for and neuter stray dogs and cats 

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wildlife SANCTUARIES

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

BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh

A new home for bile bears in Vietnam

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Big Cat Sanctuary LIONSROCK

Species appropriate home for more than 100 rescued animals in South Africa

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BEAR SANCTUARY Mueritz

The biggest bear sanctuary in Western Europe

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Animal Rescues​​​​​​

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Rescue Moo

FOUR PAWS was able to turn his life around

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Rescue Bear Cub

FOUR PAWS rescues orphaned bear cub from basement  

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Rescue Lili, Lulu and Lac

The impromptu rescue of three nameless Asiatic black bears 

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