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FOUR PAWS SUCCESSES IN 2023

Looking back, here are just some of the incredible animal welfare highlights we achieved with the help of our supporters!

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countries globally currently have FOUR PAWS projects, offices or missions, in our ongoing effort of improving animal welfare worldwide!

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big cats and bears are being protected in species appropriate environments, in our sanctuaries and cooperation projects around the world

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dogs and cats received help through UPAW, a platform established by us together with partners, that has taken care of the distribution of more than 1,000 tonnes of humanitarian aid in Ukraine

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signatures were received for the #FurFreeEurope cooperation petition since May 2022! This is just one of many successful campaigns from this year

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bears are living in captivity as 'restaurant bears' in Albania. We helped put an end to this cruelty all together, by rescuing the last one this year!

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Live Animal Transport in Europe

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FUN FACTS

Did you know? Learn more about animals through our list of interesting facts! 

10 facts about pigs

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10 facts about dogs

Surprising facts about “man’s best friend”

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Brown Bears

10 Facts about Brown Bears

Intriguing facts about one of the world's largest predators

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Interview with SLAY Director Rebecca Cappelli

Interview with SLAY documentary director Rebecca Cappelli on the heartbreaking reality of animal cruelty in fashion


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Bear Ema at BEAR SANCTUARY Prishtina

Gallery Valentine's Day

See all of the different animals in our shelters enjoying some cuddles, love and enrichments together


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Lions Ivan and Cornel laying in the grass at LIONSROCK

FAQs on FOUR PAWS Sanctuaries

What makes FOUR PAWS wild animal sanctuaries special?


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Hotel Companies

Are global hotel companies prioritizing meat and dairy reduction as part of their animal welfare and climate action goals?


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How can FOUR PAWS help?

Answers to your frequently asked questions


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2023 Rescues & Accomplishments

A look back at all we’ve achieved this year


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2023 Highlights & Achievements at FOUR PAWS USA

A look back at some of our top accomplishments this year


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Mysterious new respiratory illness is spreading in dogs


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wildlife SANCTUARIES

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

Lioness Neida at LIONSROCK Big Cat Sanctuary

LIONSROCK Big Cat Sanctuary

A FOUR PAWS project in South Africa since 2006

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Bear Cuc BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh

BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh

A FOUR PAWS project in Vietnam since 2017

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Bear Luna at BEAR SANCTUARY Müritz

BEAR SANCTUARY Müritz

A FOUR PAWS project in Germany since 2006

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Animal Rescues

Read more about our emotional animal rescues.

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Rescue Tigress Ramba

Another victim of the ruthless tiger trade

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Rescue Bear Na

Previously held in a tiny cage, the female Asiatic black bear has finally arrived at BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh

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Rescue Dog Freya

From rescued stray to beloved AAI team member

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Pets in Winter

Keeping your four-legged friends happy and safe in the cold season

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Keep your dogs safe from a mysterious new repiratory illness

Mysterious new respiratory illness is spreading in dogs

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The Transformation of Rescued Wild Animals

After being rescued, many of our animals go through a mental and physical transformation 

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