help for bears

Unfortunately, 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 are forced to pose for selfies with tourists. These bears are regarded as a lucrative source of income for their owners, and are usually kept in terrible conditions. 

Worldwide, there are many forms of cruel bear keeping and abuse, and it is our task to intervene. Support our campaigns to end the keeping of bears in unsuitable and cruel conditions! 

support the #saddestbears campaign

Help us to end the keeping of bears in conditions unsuited to the species

bile bears in vietnam

FOUR PAWS fights for bears abused for bile in Vietnam

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Bears in Southeast Europe

FOUR PAWS campaigns for a legal ban of cruel bear keeping in Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, and Serbia

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baiting bears in ukraine

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

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meet our rescued bears

Bear Potap

Rescue Potap

Potap is now able to enjoy a peaceful life in a near-natural environment.


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Jambolina looks over her new home

Rescue Jambolina

After many years in the circus, a new life is finally beginning for the brown bear


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Bear Luna

Rescue Luna

One of Europe’s saddest bears rescued


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Bears May and Binh Yen

Rescue May and Binh Yen

FOUR PAWS ends the keeping of bile bears in Ninh Binh province


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Rescue Mochi, Nara and Nikko

Three bear cubs saved in Vietnam from illegal wildlife traders


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Bear Jeta

Rescue Jeta

New home for one of Europe's saddest bears


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Bear Teddy in a tiny cage

Rescue Teddy

Bear Teddy gets the life he deserves in DANCING BEARS PARK Belitsa!


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7 bile bears rescued

Rescue 7 Bile Bears

Asiatic black bears La, Lam, Sang, Dua, Khe, Oi and Xoai begin their new lives at BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh 


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our bear sanctuaries

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

BEAR SANCTUARY Arbesbach

BEAR SANCTUARY Arbesbach

An animal-friendly home for abused bears since 1998

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Bear at BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh

BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh

A new home for former bile bears in Vietnam

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Arosa Bear Sanctuary

Arosa Bear Sanctuary

The first bear sanctuary in Switzerland

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BEAR SANCTUARY Prishtina

BEAR SANCTUARY Prishtina

The FOUR PAWS BEAR SANCTUARY in Kosovo 

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BEAR SANCTUARY Domazhyr

BEAR SANCTUARY Domazhyr

The FOUR PAWS BEAR SANCTUARY in Ukraine 

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DANCING BEARS PARK Belitsa

DANCING BEARS PARK Belitsa

A safe haven for former dancing bears in Bulgaria

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BEAR SANCTUARY Müritz

BEAR SANCTUARY Müritz

The biggest bear sanctuary in Western Europe

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FoUR PAWS rescues

Stories about bears we freed from captivity

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