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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.

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

Pigs in factory farming

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

Amelia Romaniuk · 10.5.2022

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

Amelia Romaniuk · 26.4.2022

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.

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.

Rescued puppies confisticated from puppy trade

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

Amelia Romaniuk · 24.2.2022

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

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

Amelia Romaniuk · 21.1.2022

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 with Florian Eiserlo

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 with Manuela Pfeiffer

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 with Erin Timmer

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 with Juno van Zon

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

Bears Riko at DANCING BEARS PARK Belitsa

#BehindTheScenes at DANCING BEARS PARK Belitsa with Kalina Valchinkova

Chief Animal Caretaker Kalina Valchinkova 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

Bears Emma and Erich swimming at BEAR SANCTUARY Arbesbach

#BehindTheScenes at BEAR SANCTUARY Arbesbach with Gerlinde Mairhofer

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

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 with Sabine Steinmeier

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...

Veterinarian Dr Amir Khalil

World Veterinary Day

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

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.