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Veterinarian Dr Amir Khalil

World Veterinary Day

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

Bear Michal and Tapsi

March Napness

Which bear will be the champion of sleep?

Stray dog in Moldova

Hope for Moldova's Stray Dogs

Artist Sophie Gamand joined the FOUR PAWS team on a Stray Animal Care programme in Moldova.

FOUR PAWS earthquake relief in Syria

Seven Hours in Syria to Deliver Aid for Animals

Fabian Chaundy · 14.3.2023

FOUR PAWS travels to Syria to deliver 20 tonnes of farm animal feed and 3.6 tonnes of dog and cat food to the city of Jindires. Read more.

Child holding baby goat at small farm in Türkiye

Saving Lives and Livelihoods in Rural Türkiye

Fabian Chaundy · 9.3.2023

The FOUR PAWS Rapid Response Mission in Türkiye delivers feed and aid to animals affected by the earthquakes. Blog by Fabian Chaundy.

Rescuers helping a donkey impacted by earthquake debris

Rescuing Animals Trapped by Earthquakes

Jackson Zee · 7.3.2023

It's a race against time

Stray dogs in Chișinău, Moldova

Setting the Record Straight on Spaying/Neutering Myths

World Spay Day advocates spaying and neutering as a proven means of saving lives

Golden Pride of rescued lions

#GoldenPride happy together in their bigger enclosure

10 lions rescued in the biggest big cat rescue in South Africa

Leopard Tulani

Big cats: A tale of tails

Flicking… wagging… steering… swishing…A big cat’s tail sure has its own tale to tell.

Cat Kisa is sitting under a car

The Story of Cat Kisa

Support even in the most difficult times – Project Kishka

Argentinian Train Tigers arriving at LIONSROCK

2022 Rescues & Milestones

Let's take a look back at the biggest rescues & milestones of 2022. From bears and big cats to dogs and cats, we fight for Animal Welfare. Worldwide.

dogs with christmas presents

The ultimate last-minute cruelty-free gift guide

The perfect animal-friendly gift guide for the last-minute seasonal holiday shopper, from the fashionista to the adventurer in your life. Learn more.

pug puppy

Puppy Scams on the Rise in Australia

Isilay Kizilcik · 19.12.2022

Puppy scams have increased in Australia and are also linked to cruel puppy farming. Find out how you can avoid scams and help protect dogs.

Tigress Jade at LIONSROCK

What does the future look like for big cats after CoP19?

Key decisions from the global wildlife trade summit

pigs in factory farming

Pigs Suffering in Factory Farming

Isilay Kizilcik · 28.11.2022

Pigs are intelligent animals who suffer greatly in factory farming for meat production. How you can ease their suffering.


Chico’s Story

Little Chico was sold without proof of vaccination, and with a deadly disease


Bella's Story

Without her vital vaccinations, Bella fell ill with canine parvovirus and her family did everything they could to save her


Poppy's Story

After 8 long months of emotional turmoil and stress, dog owner Christine is still dealing with the ramifications of the puppy trade

Elina's Story

Maxi and Freddy’s Story

Poor breeding conditions left both of Elina’s puppies fighting for their lives


Reggie's Story

Reggie immediately became seriously unwell, leading to Richard starting a campaign against the puppy trade

Caged tiger

Saving Big Cats in South Africa

Blog by Sarah Locke, Head of Programmes, FOUR PAWS South Africa

horse racing

Melbourne Cup: Horses Racing for their Lives

Isilay Kizilcik · 31.10.2022

Melbourne Cup horses suffer on and off the track. Join us in telling the racing industry we are saying Nup to the Cup.

crocodile farmed for leather

How Reptiles are Suffering for Fashion

Isilay Kizilcik · 19.10.2022

Reptiles are dying for fashion. Crocodiles are farmed in Australia to meet global fashion trends, we can make a difference.

Kitten held by woman

How Help For Stray Animals Kept Hope Alive

Manuela Rowlings · 17.10.2022

FOUR PAWS Stray Animal Care Ukraine: The life of a stray animal is a tough one. Strays are vulnerable to hunger, illness, injuries, and mistreatment.

Lions Geena, Ellie and Vincent

The Journey of the Quintuplets

Roman, Vincent, Dolf, Ellie and Geena are 5 siblings rescued from private keeping in Romania

Woman with sheep

Meet Jessica Medcalf, the global leader of #WearItKind

Hear from Jessica Medcalf on how our #WearItKind campaign is making a difference for animals in fashion.

Bears Riko at DANCING BEARS PARK Belitsa

#BehindTheScenes at BEAR SANCTUARY Belitsa

Chief Animal Caretaker Kalina Valchinkova gives us an exclusive look behind the scenes at the sanctuary! ​​​​​​​

Bear Ida at BEAR SANCTUARY Müritz

#BehindTheScenes at BEAR SANCTUARY Müritz

Susanne Penschke tells us more about her job as an animal caretaker at BEAR SANCTUARY Müritz 

Bear Dushi at BEAR SANCTUARY Müritz

#BehindTheScenes at BEAR SANCTUARY Müritz

Animal Caretaker Bianca Wöhlke gives us a look behind the scenes at the German bear sanctuary

Bears Emma and Erich swimming at BEAR SANCTUARY Arbesbach

#BehindTheScenes at BEAR SANCTUARY Arbesbach

Animal caretaker and administration supporter Gerlinde Mairhofer gives us an exclusive look behind the scenes at the Austrian bear sanctuary.

Lion Nikola at FELIDA

#BehindTheScenes at FELIDA Big Cat Sanctuary

Afien Groenhof-Westra is an animal caretaker at FELIDA Big Cat Sanctuary and gives us an exclusive look behind the scenes 

Tiger Bela

Reading Between the Stripes

Myth-busting facts about tigers

Woman with happy dogs

Meet Rathany – Programmes Officer for Stray Animal Care in Cambodia

Hear about her work in Cambodia and how FOUR PAWS supporters are helping dogs and cats in Cambodia

Dr. Amir Khalil

An interview with Dr. Amir Khalil

Project director, team leader and expert vet speaks on his work at FOUR PAWS

Caged tiger lying in concrete room

The Thin Line Between Legal and Illegal Big Cat Trade

Ruxandra Cracea · 22.9.2022

Tigers are on the brink of extinction. How did this happen and how does the trade industry work? What is the difference between legal and illegal trade?

Animal caregiver and dog Jackson cuddling

So much more than a job

Sary Dit · 20.9.2022

Early one morning in 2021, dog caretaker Sary woke up to a call from a colleague. A minivan carrying 61 dogs headed for slaughter in had been intercepted.

Dog Helga

Helga's Story

Always remembered – FOUR PAWS dog Helga was rescued from the illegal puppy trade 


Puma's Story

Special in every way – cat Puma was a fighter

Dog Harald

Harald's Story

The greatest love and the greatest loss!

Battery hen in Australia

Australia to finally ban battery cages... but 2036 is still too late!

Chrissy Phoong · 19.8.2022

Australia is finally banning battery cages, but FOUR PAWS is calling for a faster phase out period to protect 55 million hens.

bile bear in a cage

History of the bile bear trade in Vietnam and how FOUR PAWS are working to end it for good.

Getting all remaining bile bears to safety and shutting down farms across Vietnam

Tiger and lions

CITES CoP19: The conference deciding the future of big cats

A blog post by Vanessa Amoroso, Head of Wild Animals in Trade at FOUR PAWS

Lamb staring at camera

Secret ingredients derived of animals, hidden in your food

The restaurant and supermarket staples that actually aren’t animal-friendly

Tigress Varvara at TIERART

#BehindTheScenes at TIERART Wild Animal Sanctuary

Chief Animal Caretaker for Big Cats, Christopher Nunheim, gives us an exclusive look behind the scenes at the wild animal sanctuary in Germany

dog at office

Take Your Dog to Work Day

The A-to-Z of getting the office ready for Take Your Dog to Work Day. Learn how to create an office comfortable for you, your dog, and your colleagues here.

Pigs in factory farming

Australia’s animal laws and how they should affect your vote this federal election

In 2022, let's choose a government that prioritises animal rights and animal welfare over cruelty and profit.

Dog fighting victim

Cockfighting and Dog Fighting - Two Largely Unknown Animal Welfare Issues Rife in Australia

How gambling and the thrill of profit are perpetuating an underground ring of animal fighting

A horse being whipped in Petra park

Working Horses of Petra Get Much Needed Care After COVID-19 Lockdown

Our team arrive in Jordan to provide medical attention 

rescued dog Jack

How acknowledging animal sentience in law can protect companion animals in Australia

Chrissy Phoong · 1.3.2022

FOUR PAWS making impact for dogs and cats with calls to recognise animal sentience in Australian legislation.

Three raccoon dogs in a cage

"A Kill from Kitz"

FOUR PAWS reveals the truth behind Sportalm's fur greenwashing.

Rescued puppies confisticated from puppy trade

How "designer dogs" are spurring the puppy farming industry?

Shelters and pounds are overflowing with unwanted pets, yet high demand for puppies and designer dogs ensures that puppy farms remain in business

FOUR PAWS sterilising stray animals

Over 17,000 animals sterilised in 2021!

Chrissy Phoong · 24.2.2022

FOUR PAWS sterilised over 17,000 animals in 2021. The essential work by our global stray animal care team to improve the lives of all street animals.

Puma Tikam at TIERART

#BehindTheScenes at TIERART Wild Animal Sanctuary

Chief Animal Caretaker Tim Zeller gives us a look behind the scenes at the German wild animal sanctuary

AAI Dog Busia

FOUR PAWS Ukraine Receives Award for Animal Assisted Interventions Project

Ian Petinov and the AAI Ukraine Team · 4.2.2022

Recognising the positive contribution made to animal and human welfare in Vinnytsia

Cute pigs grazing

The rise of plant-based diets: We must adjust how we eat to save the planet

Re-focus your energy in 2022 by saving the lives of other animal species, especially those in the livestock industry. Learn how to adjust the way we eat.

Cara at TIERART Wild Animal Sanctuary

#BehindTheScenes at TIERART Wild Animal Sanctuary

Site Manager, Florian Eiserlo, gives us an exclusive look behind the scenes at the German wild animal sanctuary.

Liese and Tom

11 ideas to make a New Year's Resolution for animals

Chrissy Phoong · 23.12.2021

It's a brand new year. Why not pledge to put your best paw forward for animals? Here are 11 ideas on how to make a New Year's Resolution for animals.

rescued bear

The year that was! 2021 milestones for animals – Thank YOU from FOUR PAWS Australia

Rebecca Linigen · 14.12.2021

A note from FOUR PAWS Australia National Director, Rebecca Linigen about how FOUR PAWS together with your support had a global impact on animals.

Bear Tom with a little bit of snow in his face at BEAR SANCTUARY Arbesbach

#BehindTheScenes at BEAR SANCTUARY Arbesbach

Tour Guide, Assistant to Animal Caretaker and Front Desk Officer Manuela Pfeiffer  gives us an exclusive look behind the scenes at the SANCTUARY!

Vincent & Roman at FELIDA Big Cat Sanctuary

#BehindTheScenes at FELIDA Big Cat Sanctuary

In this interview the animal caretaker Erin Timmer gives us an exclusive look behind the scenes!

Lion at FELIDA Big Cat Sanctuary

#BehindTheScenes at FELIDA Big Cat Sanctuary

Curator Juno van Zon gives us an exclusive look behind the scenes at the sanctuary! ​​​​​​​

Dog in a cage

National Tourism Boards engaged in campaign to #ProtectMillions

Engaging national tourism boards and embassies in campaign to #ProtectMillions from the dog and cat meat trade

Rescued dog Jason

Post-lockdown tips for you and your dog

Post-lockdown tips for you and your dog: How to avoid separation anxiety as you return back to work?

Stray dogs in Ukraine

Hope for a Better Tomorrow for Strays

Three important projects to ending stray animal suffering in Eastern Europe

Australian Merino sheep

Producers say non-mulesing improves sheep welfare in Australia

New survey of 97 wool producers shows proven success of the non-mulesed system


#BehindTheScenes at BEAR SANCTUARY Müritz

Animal Caretaker Sabine Steinmeier gives us an exclusive look behind the scenes at the sanctuary! ​​​​​​​

Wild horses

Where the wild horses live

Andreas Rainer · 7.5.2021

The Romanian wilderness in the Danube Delta is one of the few remaining places in Europe where wild horses can live free. However, their existence was at...

Pitiful dog in a cage

Behind the Scenes: A Further Look at a Slaughterhouse Closure

Dr Katherine Polak · 7.4.2021

Dr Katherine Polak tells us the delays that a slaughterhouse closure can face, and what happens once it is closed.

Katherine with rescued dog

Behind the Scenes: The Journey to a Dog and Cat Meat Slaughterhouse Closure

Dr Katherine Polak · 2.4.2021

An insight into how we #ProtectMillions and the steps we take to close a dog and cat meat slaughterhouse.

Stray animal care of dogs in Thailand

Dogs of the Jungle

Dr Katherine Polak · 23.3.2021

Our stray animal care team set on a mission to help stop the suffering of Thailand's rural dog populations

Pig in truck

One year on from COVID-19 being declared a global pandemic

What is being done to prevent future pandemics?

Release at LIONSROCK

The Women Fighting for Animals Around the Globe

Meet some of the FOUR PAWS female animal guardians

Stray animal care in Romania

COVID-19 and Stray Animals

What a pandemic means for stray cats and dogs

Dog Sunshine

A Story of a Fisherman and His Sunshine

Dr Katherine Polak · 21.1.2021

Help came during tough times for one fisherman, his family and his dogs.

Dog Meat Trade Indonesia

Dog Meat Trade Indonesia

Dr Katherine Polak · 24.8.2020

In Indonesia every year millions of dogs and cats are stolen from their families, crammed into cages and transported to slaughterhouses and markets.


Big Cats from War Zones

In recent years, FOUR PAWS completed successful missions in rescuing big cats from war-torn countries such as Iraq, Gaza and Syria

Bears James and Freddie playing

The Police Check That Changed A Bears Life

Emily Lloyd · 6.5.2020

When a routine police stopped a taxi in Vietnam - they were shocked with what was laying on the back seat.

Foster mother and orphaned orangutan

What is it like to be a Foster Mother to Orangutans?

Dr Signe Preuschoft and the Forest School Team · 1.4.2020

Orphan orangutans need around the clock care, our caregivers act as foster mothers to the apes in need

The team on Silk Island

Stray Animal Care on Silk Island: Working at 36 Degrees Celsius

Andreas Rainer · 25.3.2020

Medical care for over 500 animals in Kambosha, Silk Island in Cambodia.


A Cruel Journey

This is a true story - our investigators recount the terrifying journey animals experience in the dog and cat meat trade

Dogs in cages

51 dogs rescued from the dog meat trade in Vietnam

Asia Canine Protection Alliance helps provide medical care for confiscated dogs 


Ground Zero of the Cambodian Dog Meat Trade

A moments decision between life or death: Neary and Sopol get a second chance!

Prada Group Prada Group goes fur free

Great success: Prada becomes fur-free and joins the Fur Free Retailer program!

Our campaign, launched together with the Fur Free Alliance 2018 caused the entire Prada Group to no longer use real fur for the summer collection 2020.

The Death of Bear Sao

The Death of Bear Sao

Former Bile Bear Sao died due to internal bleeding caused by rat poisening. Our team fought for his life for more than 12 hours but was unable to save him.

Bear transfer to Arosa

Bear transfer to Arosa

Finally at home at the Arosa Bear Sanctuary


Ebay, stand up for puppies

Joanna Randall · 12.12.2018

Celebrities, politicians and animal welfare experts call on eBay to take action against the cruel puppy trade


Showdown at Fier zoo

Ioana Dungler · 27.11.2018

Ioana Dungler reflects on one of our most dramatic rescue missions so far and how we managed to finally rescue the animals from "Europe's worst zoo in...

Why we are celebrating International Disaster Risk Reduction Day

Why we are celebrating International Disaster Risk Reduction Day

Jackson Zee · 10.10.2018

As the director of the Disaster Relief unit, I know that animals are important to all communities affected by any kind of disaster.

No land in sight

No Land in Sight

Samantha Haider · 27.9.2018

After hurricane Florence hit the American east coast, a FOUR PAWS team set out to deliver and distribute supplies.

Last Day on Lombok

Last Day on Lombok

Jackson Zee · 28.8.2018

Looking back on our 15 day mission in Indonesia

Lombok's lost paradise

Lombok's lost paradise

Jackson Zee · 16.8.2018

Our dangerous mission to the Indonesian islands struck by earthquakes that left hundreds of animals in urgent need

No more excuses, eBay

No more excuses, eBay

Joanna Randall · 3.8.2018

eBay is making unconvincing excuses why they do not believe in seller identity verification while illegal puppy trade is still happening on their platform.

Brown bears Vinzenz and Liese

30 Years of FOUR PAWS

In 1988, Heli Dungler founded the internationally active animal welfare organisation FOUR PAWS in Austria

What would life be without water?

What would life be without water?

Jackson Zee · 20.6.2018

In wake of the impending "Day Zero" in Cape Town, South Africa, FOUR PAWS have developed a plan for disaster relief work.