Rescued lion in Sudan

2023 Rescues & Accomplishments

A look back at all we’ve achieved this year

12/14/2023

As 2023 comes to a close, we look back proudly at all we’ve accomplished this past year, and we look forward to continuing our work towards a world where humans treat animals with respect, empathy, and understanding.

Here are some highlights from 2023:

Rescues

Bear Mark

Bear Mark


After 20 years in a cage, Albania’s last restaurant bear is finally free. Read more about Mark’s journey to BEAR SANCTUARY Arbesbach in Austria here.

Tiger Charlota

Tiger Charlota


Charlota the white tiger was bred for her unique look and kept in inappropriate conditions as a pet. After her rescue, she lives at TIERART Wild Animal Sanctuary in Germany. Read more here.

Nearly 50 Animals in Sudan

Nearly 50 Animals in Sudan


In an emergency rescue mission, FOUR PAWS evacuated almost 50 animals from a conflict zone in Sudan. Read about the challenging rescue here.

Balcarce Tigers

Balcarce Tigers


Kept in inappropriate conditions in Argentina, tigers Fangio and Charly now live at our LIONSROCK Big Cat Sanctuary in South Africa. Learn more.

Bear Na

Bear Na


Kept in a tiny cage for two decades, bear Na has shown amazing resilience since being rescued from the cruel bear bile trade, and she’s enjoying her new home at BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh in Vietnam. Learn more.

Lion Vasylyna

Lion Vasylyna


Found roaming the streets of war-torn Kharkiv in Ukraine, the young lioness was rescued and brought to FELIDA Big Cat Sanctuary in the Netherlands. She was recently introduced to another young lion, Nikola. Read more about Vasylyna’s journey here.

Tiger Ramba

Tiger Ramba


Ramba, a white tiger cub was rescued from private keeping in the Czech Republic and brought to TIERART Wild Animal Sanctuary in Germany, where she will be reunited with her sister, Charlota. Learn more.

Accomplishments

Sanctuary Care

Sanctuary Care


When we rescue an animal, we care for them for the #RestOfTheirLives. In 2023, we provided a home and medical care for a total of 142 bears and 137 big cats in our sanctuaries. Learn more about our sanctuaries.

Emergency mission to Syria & Turkey

Emergency mission to Syria & Turkey


We saved hundreds of animals following the devastating earthquakes in Syria & Turkey. Learn more.

Flooding in Ukraine

Flooding in Ukraine


FOUR PAWS donated pet food, medicine, and rescue equipment during the damaging floods in Ukraine. Read more.

2 Million Signatures to #ProtectMillions

2 Million Signatures to #ProtectMillions


Our petition to end the dog and cat meat trade in Southeast Asia reached over 2,000,000 signatures. You can add your name here 

Nike goes mulesed-free

Nike goes mulesed-free


We got Nike to finally “Just Do It!” and stop using mulesed wool. Learn more about this important milestone for farm animals.

Karachi Elephants

Karachi Elephants


We continued our medical care for elephants Noor Jehan and Madhubala in Pakistan, and after Noor Jehan’s tragic passing, we continue to advocate for Madhubala’s relocation and reunion with her sisters. Learn more 

Tiger Mural

Tiger Mural


We partnered with artist Sonny Sundancer to paint a 3 story tall tiger mural in New York City as a part of our #BreakTheViciousCycle campaign.

Stray Animal Care

Stray Animal Care


Our Stray Animal Care teams work all over the world, from Southeast Asia and India to South Africa and Eastern Europe. Read more about our stray animal care programs.

Advocating for Vets

Advocating for Vets


We raised awareness for the mental health crisis facing veterinarians by launching an online campaign and  participating on a panel at SXSW.

Ukraine

Ukraine


Our brave Ukrainian staff care for our bears at BEAR SANCTUARY Domazhyr every day, and we continue our stray animal care work throughout the conflict in Ukraine.

March Napness

March Napness


In collaboration with our BEAR SANCTUARIES, we held our first ever March Napness hibernation competition and crowned bear Mascha as 2023’s sleepiest bear.

Lion Painting

Lion Painting


We partnered with artist Sophy Tuttle to create a painting that advocates for big cats and celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act.

Dog Meat Restaurant Closure

Dog Meat Restaurant Closure


FOUR PAWS worked with the Hoi An People’s Committee to successfully close a dog meat restaurant in Vietnam. Read more.

Helping Working Horses in Jordan

Helping Working Horses in Jordan


We continue to provide medical care for the working horses of Jordan. Learn more here.

Help for Bears in Azerbaijan

Help for Bears in Azerbaijan


FOUR PAWS helped to treat 12 rescued brown bears at a rehabilitation center in Azerbaijan. Read more here.

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Tigers Jasper and Jade cuddle at LIONSROCK

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