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In Memory of Heli Dungler

FOUR PAWS

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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Starving Lions in Sudan

Starving animals in Sudan

#SaveSudanLions


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FOUR PAWS mourns its Founder and President Heli Dungler


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Australia's bushfire crisis

How to help animals during the devastating bushfire season 


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Ending the dog and cat meat trade in Southeast Asia

How FOUR PAWS wants to make a difference


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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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FOUR PAWS rescues senior bear in Vietnam after three decades in tiny cage

Bear Ben finds a species-appropriate home at BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh 


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The lowdown on Down

Down is considered a primary material for many major brands globally, but it is often sourced through the brutal practice of live plucking. Up to 40 geese can be live plucked just to make one duvet. 


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Rescue Misha

First steps in his new life


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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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Key topics

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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 Müritz

The biggest bear sanctuary in Western Europe

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Animal Rescues​​​​​​

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Bear Ben in a tiny cage

Rescue Ben

He suffered almost three decades in a tiny, filthy cage

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Rescue Meow

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

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Puma in the enclosure

Rescue Tikam

A victim of the wildcat trade in Europe

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