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Our updates and stories 

2024

Orange and white cat sitting on pad in front of bookshelf

FOUR PAWS USA Pets

Meet our furry family members!


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Borwn bear with enrichment shaped like red tulips

Self-Care Like a Bear

Our rescued bears can be an inspiration for your own self-care routine


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Bear laying in grass, looking at camera.

The Emerging Science of Consciousness

Scientists and scholars sign The New York Declaration of Animal Consciousness


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Animal Welfare Posters lined up against wall at State House in MA

Animal Lobby Day

Animal Lobby Day in Boston offers an opportunity to advocate for animals


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Surrogate mother Aoliya interacting with Tegar

Mother's Day

We have the perfect gift for the mom in your life!


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Veterinary mission in Slovakia

Urgent Veterinary Mission in Slovakia to Help Big Cats

Three confiscated tiger cubs will find a species-appropriate home in South Africa


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Cat lying on grass

Plants That Are Dangerous to Pets

Protect your beloved animals from poisonous plants in your home and garden


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Brown bear Dushi in a field of flowers at Bear Sanctuary Muritz

March Napness: Snooze And You’ll Miss The Final Four Finale

FOUR PAWS breaks down the winners and snoozers


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Elephant Madhubala during her crate training in Pakistan

Hope for Lonely Madhubala as Relocation Is Picking Up Speed

FOUR PAWS on ground for crucial improvement work of future enclosure


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Cat at a free vaccination drive in Hoi An, VietnamCat at a free vaccination drive in Hoi An, Vietnam

FOUR PAWS in Hoi An, Vietnam

A 2-Year Journey Towards a Dog and Cat Meat-Free City


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Black bear receiving surgery in sanctuary in Islamabad, Pakistan

Two bears abused for fighting rescued in Pakistan

FOUR PAWS supports government in ending bear dancing, bear baiting


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Brown bear Dushi lays on the forest floor near a tree

Awake or Just Taking a Break?

How do we know when our bears are done with their winter rest?


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Dairy cattle

Bird Flu in U.S. Dairy Cows

FOUR PAWS urges WHO member states to tackle the root causes of zoonotic diseases in pandemic agreement


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Black bear in sanctuary in Islamabad, Pakistan

Emergency Help for Bears in Pakistan

In cooperation with the local wildlife authorities, our team are making necessary adaptations to eclosures in the hope that we will rescue bear cubs.


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Day-old Chicks

Day-Old Chicks: Death on the Assembly Line

How billions of male chicks die in egg production 


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A newborn lamb next to its mother

Lamb Mortality and Live Lamb Cutting (Mulesing)

Help to end the suffering of millions of Australian lambs used for fashion


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Bear Mitko in his tiny cage in Slovenia

Four Immediate Steps to Protect Slovenia’s Captive Bears

Do not wait – Mici, Mitko, Tim, and Masha are relying on your support


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Two shelter staff members with rescued dog

Caring for Dogs Rescued from the Dog Meat Trade

When 61 dogs were put into our care practically overnight, two of our amazing staff members came to their rescue


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Sheep with lamb

Ten Million Australian Lambs Die Every Year for Fashion

Shocking new report, footage reveals lamb mortality rate in Australia


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Bear Ero resting on a log

Sleepy Bears

In honor of March Napness, and sleep awareness month, here's some bears catching zzz's at our sanctuaries!


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Dairy cows in factory farm

Meat Is Eating up the Planet

Americans are the biggest consumers of meat globally and the first nation to reach “Meat Exhaustion Day”


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Rescued brown bear, Mark, napping at the base of a tree comfortably

Tournament of Tired: The 2024 March Napness Competition has Begun

Bears compete for the crown, influencers and celebrities joining in 


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Michal napping amonst flowering trees at Muritz

March Napness 2024

The Sleepiest Bear Competition is Back


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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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Fox on a fur farm in Poland

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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Door is opening to a hotel room

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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Kitten enjoying pets from a human hand

How can FOUR PAWS help?

Answers to your frequently asked questions


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FOUR PAWS staff at climate rally holding sign that reads, "No climate protection without animal protection"

Progress at COP28: The Connection Between Animal Welfare and Climate

For the first time, sustainable agriculture was included in the world climate talks


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2023

Rescued lion in Sudan

2023 Rescues & Accomplishments

A look back at all we’ve achieved this year


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FOUR PAWS Staff with Artist Sophy Tuttle

2023 Highlights & Achievements at FOUR PAWS USA

A look back at some of our top accomplishments this year


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Artist Sonny Sundancer paints a tiger mural

Art for Endangered Species

#ESA50 National Mural and Art Series Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Endangered Species Act


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Brown dog walking in the snow

Keep your dogs safe from a mysterious new repiratory illness

Mysterious new respiratory illness is spreading in dogs


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Geese in the snow

Achieving Animal Welfare in Fashion in 2023

Our top wins from the year, plus some tips on animal-friendly gift giving for the holidays


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Painting of Lion Mario amonst a bright lue and organge background

Creating Art for Big Cats

Artwork commemorates the Endangered Species Act and kicks off our Campaign for Big Cats 


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A flock of sheep in South Africa

Big Names in Fashion Rated for Their Impact on Animals

Animal welfare is firmly on the agenda for many fashion brands, but turning this sentiment into action is the critical next step


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A white and brown dog behind rusty metal bars

South Korea Announces Ban on the Consumption of Dog Meat

In a historic move, South Korea is paving the way for other countries to follow suit


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Dairy cattle in a barn in Germany

Cruel Practices in Farm Animal Husbandry

Modern farming systems are causing severe animal cruelty


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Woman with fox

Fashion Forward: Next generation Materials are Both Animal Friendly and Sustainable

Next Generation Materials are Both Animal Friendly and Sustainable


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Cat Pino

National Black Cat Day

FOUR PAWS puts black cats in the spotlight 


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Rescued lions Samson and Tom at LIONSROCK

The Endangered Species Act

Once a touchstone of bipartisan support, this landmark legislation is now under attack 


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FOUR PAWS USA staff

Our Legislative Work in the US

FOUR PAWS advocates for animals on the local, state, and federal levels


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Broiler chicken farm

Torture Breeding of Farm Animals

The suffering from traits as a result from highly specialized breeding


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Dog Kaya in Bulgaria

Animal Assisted Interventions

From stray to superhero: stray dogs with a mission to change attitudes


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Community Engagement with FOUR PAWS team in Romania

Community Engagement

Empowering local communities to create a better future for dogs and cats


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Bile bear in a cage

History of the Bile Bear Trade in Vietnam

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


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Stray dog in Moldova

Stray Animal Care in Moldova

Bringing hope to Moldova’s strays


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Cat laying in between leaves

Stray Animal Care in Bulgaria

Tackling Bulgaria’s stray animal challenge with compassion


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Stray cat in Ukraine

Stray Animal Care in Ukraine

United for Ukraine’s homeless pets


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Stray dog in Constanta, Romania

Stray Animal Care in Romania

A journey towards humane dog population management


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Group of stray dogs

The Catch-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return Approach

The only humane and sustainable solution to protect millions of stray dogs and cats worldwide


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A group of stray dogs infront of an old car

Stray Animals: Pets Without a Home

Often seen as a nuisance, these animals need love, help and care


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Dog laying in a dog bed

Responsible Pet Ownership Program

Why is it so important for Stray Animal Care?


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Artist Sonny Sundancer paints tiger mural in NYC

Creating Art for Animal Advocacy

FOUR PAWS partners with artist Sonny Sundancer to paint a tiger mural in New York City


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Tiger in circus in Germany

Advocating for Circus Animals in Massachusetts

FOUR PAWS staff testifies at the State House in Boston


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New Manhattan Mural Raises Awareness for Endangered Tigers and Big Cats

The piece celebrates the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Endangered Species Act


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Stray dog in Moldova

Monitoring, Evaluation & Impact

An essential component in the design of effective stray animal programmes


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Factory farm

Next Pandemic Could Come from American Animal Industries

Animal welfare organisation warns of zoonotic disease spreading because of high degree of animal use in the U.S.


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#ProtectMillions

FOUR PAWS Calls Upon the US to #ProtectMillions

FOUR PAWS launched its most ambitious campaign action yet, to end the dog and cat meat trade in Vietnam


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FOUR PAWS shelters orphaned bear cub at BEAR SANCTUARY Belitsa in Bulgaria

FOUR PAWS Shelters Orphaned Bear Cub

The bear will receive special care in Greece to prepare for rehabilitation back into the wild


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Tigers at LIONSROCK

Protecting Tigers Across the Globe

FOUR PAWS works to protect big cats in the US, Europe, and South Africa


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Man made forest fires to clear land for cattle or crops

Climate on the Menu: Reducing Meat and Dairy to Save Our Planet

How Reducing Meat and Dairy Can Save Our Planet


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Nike just did it and says “no” to the mutilation of lambs

Nike Follows Through on Protecting Lambs

FOUR PAWS welcomes step towards higher animal welfare by switching to certified wool


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Wildfire Smoke: How to Protect your Pet

Air pollution becomes a serious concern for humans and animals


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Cattle inside a barn

Into the Ashes

The devastating loss of life of animals in barn fires


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FOUR PAWS team Stray Animal Care action

Animals in Ukraine Further Endangered By Dam Breach, Flooding

FOUR PAWS responds with aid to help animals affected by the catastrophe 


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Argentina rescue mission: A new life for tigers in Al Ma'wa in Jordan

Save the Balcarce Tigers

These tigers deserve a better life


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Critical tiger rescue in Argentina

Critical Tiger Rescue in Argentina

FOUR PAWS en route to bring two tigers rescued from illegal breeding farm to wildlife sanctuary 


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Stray dog with injury to eye in Moldova

A Dire Life of Dogs: The Sad Story of Moldova’s Suffering Strays

With over 20,000 homeless dogs living in the capital city alone, FOUR PAWS gives aid to strays and overwhelmed shelters


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Group of lions and tigers at a breeding facility

Barely Wild

Inside the big cat farming industry for tourism


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Down, leather, wool, fur – the suffering is immense and animal welfare largely goes unchecked

Animal Use in Fashion and Little Oversight of Welfare

Every year the fashion industry uses over five billion animals, many suffering from cruel practices and poor welfare standards 


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Bear is sitting in the grass

Brown Bears: Way of Life

A year in the life of a brown bear in the wild – from mating to winter sleep


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CUGH 2023 In-person Satellite Session

How the Pandemic Instrument Can Prevent Pandemics and Enable Equity


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Dairy cow

Mother´s Day: Chocolate companies can do better for mother cows

FOUR PAWS ranks Mars, Hersey’s and Nestlé as “poor” in dairy reduction efforts


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Chocolates

Chocolate Companies

Which leading chocolate companies focus on animal welfare, climate and dairy reduction strategies? 


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A cat being cared for by a veterinarian

Protecting Animals Means Protecting Our Vets Too

Raising awareness of the mental health crisis in veterinary medicine


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Stray dog in Moldova

Hope for Moldova's Stray Dogs

A blog post by photographer and animal advocate Sophie Gamand


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Two stray dogs at Doctor Vet Shelter in Moldova

World Stray Animals Day 2023

FOUR PAWS' Stray Animal Care project in Moldova


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FOUR PAWS Emergency Relief Efforts for Animals in Türkiye and Syria

FOUR PAWS Continues Emergency Relief Efforts for Animals in Turkey and Syria

Crucial need for animal food and veterinary care after devastating earthquakes


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SAC activities in Ukraine

FOUR PAWS Stray Animal Care in Ukraine

Sterilisation and treatment of 140 cats and dogs at one of the biggest shelters in the Kyiv region


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FOUR PAWS Took the Stage at SXSW

U.S. Director discussed the mental health crisis in the veterinary profession


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Child holding baby goat at small farm in Türkiye

Saving Lives and Livelihoods in Rural Türkiye

FOUR PAWS' relief efforts to help animals in the earthquake zones


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FOUR PAWS earthquake relief in Syria

Seven Hours in Syria to Deliver Aid for Animals

The Mission team travels to Jindires, where residents are desperate for support following the earthquakes


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Cat in rubble after a disaster - Symbolic image from a previous mission undertaken by FOUR PAWS

Earthquake Relief for Animals

Help for animals in Türkiye (Turkey) and Syria


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Bear sleeping at BEAR SANCTUARY Muritz

March Napness

Which bear will be the champion of sleep?


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Tiger Shevar at LIONSROCK

South Africa wants better protection for big cats

94% of South Africans say big cats should be better protected by the country’s laws and regulations


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Amelia and Meimo play in the snow at Arosa

Love is in the Air

Meet the happy couples who call our sanctuaries home!


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Bear Vinzenz and Brumca

Achievements for Captive Brown Bears in Europe

Milestones of the #SaddestBears campaign


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Celebrating 50 Years of Endangered Species Act Success

Landmark Law Continues to Save Wildlife From Extinction


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Dog Helga

Helga's Story

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


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Cat Kisa is sitting under a car

The Story of Cat Kisa

Support even in the most difficult times – Project Kishka


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Chickens in a barn

New Year’s Resolution

For the animals, the planet and for you


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Australian Merino sheep

Progress in Australia: Economic study shows switching to non-mulesed sheep is a success

Wool producers see both financial gain and improved sheep welfare when adopting mulesing-free methods 


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Happy mother, father and little daughter walking their dog

Animals Are Good for Our Heart

Animals and their positive effect on the physical health of humans


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2022

Emergency feeding in Ukraine

In Wartime, to Help Animals is to Help People

FOUR PAWS partners with Ukraine Vet Association, USAVA, to continues life-saving support aiding stray animals in war-torn cities


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Train Tigers arriving at LIONSROCK

2022 Rescues & Milestones

Take a look back at all we have accomplished together this year!


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Tiger Cara at TIEARART

A Big Win For Big Cats

Passage of the Big Cat Public Safety Act is a perfect tribute to 2022’s Year of the Tiger 


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White and grey fox laying in the snow

Making Fashion Kinder in 2022 and Beyond

Through both big leaps and small steps, together we can turn fashion into an animal-friendly industry


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Animal caregiver and dog Jackson cuddling

So much more than a job

Overnight, I became a caregiver to 61 dogs after one of the biggest rescues from the dog meat trade in Cambodia


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Tigress Jade at LIONSROCK

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

Key decisions from the global wildlife trade summit


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Bear Mark

Albania’s last ‘restaurant bear’ is rescued

FOUR PAWS transfers bear Mark to its BEAR SANCTUARY Arbesbach in Austria


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Dog meat trade survivors Jack, Lucky, and Novel

We Flew Nine Dogs Home for the Holidays

On Giving Tuesday 2022, we raised money to fly 9 survivors of the dog and cat meat trade from Cambodia to the United States to find their forever homes


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Lulu from TIERART

10 Gift Ideas to #WearItKind this Holiday Season

Animal-friendly fashion that is warm, stylish, and sustainable!


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FOUR PAWS staff at climate action

COP27: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly, & the Underwhelming

Leaders from around the world met at COP27 to discuss the climate crisis, but are we any closer to a solution? 


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Tiger Fangio at Al Ma'wa

Celebrating the Endangered Species Act on its 50th Anniversary

FOUR PAWS is a member of an unprecedented coalition of agencies, organizations, and nonprofits all coming together to honor the conservation legacy and success of this legislative milestone


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Raccoon dog fur farm in Poland

“A Decade of Decline” for Fur Industry

FOUR PAWS celebrates “Fur Free Friday” with current UN figures showing decline of fur industry 


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Lion Simba

The Next Pandemic Is Coming

Can anything be done at CITES CoP19 to help prevent the next pandemic?


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lion be petted

Alarming Welfare Concerns Found in Lion Cub-Petting Study

First-of-its-kind study, published in Animals, analyzes YouTube videos to substantiate stress behaviors from lion cubs handled by tourists seeking the “Simba effect”


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FOUR PAWS in Ukraine

Survey in Ukraine Shows More to Do to Help Animals

FOUR PAWS continues its support of stray animals and shelters across the country


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Pigs in factory farming

An End of Factory Farming to Halt the Climate Crisis

This FOUR PAWS publication addresses governments and asks them to put food and farming at the heart of urgent climate action


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Tom Cat Pino from Arbesbach

In Appreciation of Spooky Animals

Black cats, bats, and spiders: spooky animals are less terrifying (and more helpful) than you might think


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Gummy Candy

What's Hiding in Your Halloween Candy?

Make sure your treats don’t trick you this Halloween–have an animal-friendly holiday by sticking to candy made without animal products.


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World Rabies Day: The ultimate fight against rabies in Myanmar continues

World Rabies Day: The Ultimate Fight Against Rabies in Myanmar Continues

FOUR PAWS long-term project aims to vaccinate one million animals by 2022


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Dogs stuffed in cages on back of a motocycle

75 Major Tourism Businesses Sign Pledge

Members of the tourism sector joined FOUR PAWS in the pledge to end the dog and cat meat trade in Southeast Asia. 


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group of lions behind fencing

FOUR PAWS outlines recommendations to South Africa’s Draft White Paper

FOUR PAWS welcomes Minister Creecy’s and the Department for Forestry, Fisheries and Environment for taking the progressive steps held within the White Paper.


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Bear Iva at her old enclosure in North Macedonia

FOUR PAWS Transfers Rescued Bear from North Macedonia to Bulgaria

BEAR SANCTUARY Belitsa welcomes Iva in species-appropriate surroundings 


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Asking Athletes, Investors to Speak Up for the Sheep

With strong public support, FOUR PAWS urges Nike to switch to certified wool to help prevent cruelty to lambs 


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Dog Sassy in Cambodia

Five for Millions

Five slaughterhouse survivors fly to Switzerland


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Dog

“Humans’ Best Friend” – The Dog

Our companion for thousands of years 


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Pandemics and animal welfare

Taking One Health seriously: What are the concrete steps to build an effective pandemic instrument?

Roundtable discussion: September 19th, 2022 at 15:00 (CEST), Domaine de Penthes, Geneva, Switzerland


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Male bear in Bahkmut, Ukraine

Emergency Rescue of Abandoned Bear in Ukraine

FOUR PAWS takes in bear from war-torn Donetsk region at BEAR SANCTUARY Domazhyr


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Caged tiger lying in concrete room

Big Cat Trade: The Thin Line Between Legal and Illegal Trade

Blog by Ruxandra Cracea, Wildlife Trade Campaigner, FOUR PAWS


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Karachi elephants receive dental surgery

Last captive elephants from Pakistani zoo undergo one-of-a-kind tusk surgery

International vet team from FOUR PAWS performs innovative super-size procedure 


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Cat Pino

Black Cat Appreciation Day

FOUR PAWS puts black cats in the spotlight 


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Rescue Seven Romanian Lions

Rescue Seven Romanian Lions

From sadness to safety: Simba and his siblings found their new home!


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Citizens Call on Vietnam to Protect Bears in Hanoi

World Animal Protection US and FOUR PAWS to deliver joint letter to embassy in DC


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Lioness Geena arrives at LIONSROCK

Five rescued lions in Romania get a forever home South African

A new life for big cats used for breeding and entertainment


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Handover event 'This is not Vietnam' in Hanoi, Vietnam

Citizens, Residents Proclaim “This is not Vietnam” In A Call For An End To The Dog And Cat Meat

FOUR PAWS hosted event in Hanoi to handover petition to the Vietnamese government 


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Investigation into calf farms in Spain, 2021

Meat Sales Over Climate Goals for European Food Retailers

FOUR PAWS ranks leading DACH & UK supermarkets on meat reduction strategies 


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Merino sheep on a pasture

Cruel wool in sportswear is in high season

Biggest manufacturer Nike without clear commitment to phase out from animal cruelty methods


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Basket full of vegetables in a supermarket

Supermarkets

Are leading food retailers prioritizing meat reduction and increasing plant-based foods?  


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Lion cub Nikola at his new outdoor enclosure at FELIDA

A Lion Cub’s Journey Across Europe to a Better Life

FOUR PAWS transfers rescued lion Nikola from Montenegro to FELIDA Big Cat Sanctuary 


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Bear Vova before rescue

Animal welfare efforts continue even in times of war

FOUR PAWS rescues former ‘restaurant bear’ in Ukraine


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‘Train tigers’ fly towards better life:

‘Train tigers’ Take Flight Towards Better Life

FOUR PAWS rescues four tigers after more than 15 years in train carriage


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Emergency transfer of five bears

Amid Conflict, Seven Bears Evacuated to Safer Location in Ukraine

FOUR PAWS takes in animals from partner organization in Kyiv region


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Cow and calf

Historic animal welfare resolution adopted at United Nations Environment Assembly

The resolution had unanimous support from Member States highlighting the nexus between animal welfare, environment, and sustainable development 


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Mother cow and calf in a field

FOUR PAWS to participate at the United Nations Environment Assembly

Global animal welfare organization granted observer status at key UN summit, calls for transformational change on production and consumption globally


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Transfer tiger Caruso

Tiger King – everyone is watching, no one is acting

The truth behind Joe Exotic and Tiger King season 2 on Netflix! 


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2021

Crypto Has Gone to the Animals This GivingTuesday

FOUR PAWS Receives Their Largest Cryptocurrency Donation Yet Through Partnership with Pawthereum, Expands Rescue Facility in Cambodia   


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Dog Meat Trade in Indonesia

Police in Indonesia intercept a notorious dog meat trader, saving over 50 terrified dogs awaiting slaughter

FOUR PAWS hoped this would be a turning point in the campaign against the dog meat trade


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Philanthropy and Charitable Giving

What is philanthropy and how can it help animals


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Cattle

World leaders at COP26 missed opportunity to link animal agriculture to climate crisis

FOUR PAWS is disappointed that the role of factory farming has been neglected yet again


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Thailand launches “first-of-its-kind” initiative to improve dog welfare

Thailand launches “first-of-its-kind” initiative to improve dog welfare

The province of Trang has launched a programme following Thailand’s announcement to re-open on 1 November post COVID-19 regulations


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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 big cat sanctuary


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Horse drawn cart

FOUR PAWS helps ending animal cruelty at UNESCO World Heritage Site

The use of horse carriages in Petra, Jordan will no longer be permitted and replaced by electric golf carts


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Farm industry

COP26 is the best chance to tackle the climate emergency

But without addressing animal welfare it will be a historic missed opportunity


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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 our German wild animal sanctuary


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Future study on pandemic prevention: scientists sound the alarm

FOUR PAWS highlights interlinkage between human health, animal welfare, and pandemics 


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Fast-Food Industry Need to Make Some Fast Changes, Ranking Says

Domino’s and Papa John’s rank worst in FOUR PAWS new global fast-food chain assessment, ignoring topics like animal welfare and climate change


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Enrichment for Big Cats

Enrichment for Big Cats

An important part of animal management in humane care, allowing them to act out natural species behavior 


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Beirut Bear

The Beirut Bears: The Odyssey of Homer and Ulysses

From Lebanon to Colorado, these captive bears now have a sprawling home 


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Cat "Tiger" rescued from DCMT

Fight For Cats: Rescued from the Cat Meat Trade, These Felines are Looking for their Forever Homes in the US

Meet the eight cats who were adopted with the help of our shelter partner, Heaven On Earth in Los Angeles, CA. 


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20 Dogs Who Took Their Freedom Flights to the US Have Found Forever Homes

All the dogs who took their freedom flights to the US have found their forever homes


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Ha Dong Market, Hanoi, Vietnam

One Welfare

The rise of the recent COVID-19 pandemic reminds us how interconnected animal welfare, human wellbeing, and the environment are.


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Bear at BEAR SANCTUARY Müritz

#BehindTheScenes at BEAR SANCTUARY Mueritz

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


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Dr. Amir Khalil with Kaavan

Lonely No More: Kaavan the elephant becomes a star

Kaavan, Cher and Dr. Amir Khalil star in Smithsonian Documentary on the ground-breaking rescue


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Stray animal care of dogs in Thailand

Dogs of the Jungle

Our stray animal care team were on a mission to help stop the suffering of some of Thailand’s hardest to reach dogs


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a bear lays on the dirt floor at a zoo in lebanon

The "War Vet" that saved Kaavan now brings two bears to the U.S.

FOUR PAWS flies "Beirut Bears" from Lebanon to Colorado sanctuary


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The Secret Life of Sleeping Bears

What can we learn from bears that hibernate?


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Veterinarian Dr Frank Göritz in Khan Younis Zoo in the Gaza Strip

World Veterinary Day

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


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AAI dog Kaya

Preparing Dogs for Animal Assisted Interventions

How former stray animals are prepared to become therapy dogs and help people in need


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From Cage to California 

Dogs saved from Cambodian meat trade, Take “Freedom Flights” to U.S. for Adoption


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Travelling with your dog by car

Traveling With Your Dog by Car

Guide for Dog Owners: How to have a relaxed road trip with your dog


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Lion in field

FOUR PAWS encouraged by South AfricaN Authorities' announcement on captive lions

Announcement from the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE), could mean good news for lions


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Supporter Spotlight: Marla Bradley

Meet The Remarkable Woman Who Has Helped Create Global Impact


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Travelling with your dog by car

Traveling With Your Dog by Car

Guide for Dog Owners: How to have a relaxed road trip with your dog


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Dog in small cage in slaughterhouse, Cambodia

Facility That Drowned 200 Dogs Per Day Finally CLOSED

16 dogs rescued from “key” slaughterhouse in Cambodian dog meat trade


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Rescue Dog Lola

Rescue Dog Lola

Chained for a whole year, dog Lola finally gets a chance in life


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Dogs rescued

Slaughterhouse minivan carrying 61 dogs seized in Cambodia

FOUR PAWS steps in to assist Cambodian authorities in first ever interception of dogs being taken for the dog meat trade


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Roe buck Ruffy

Rescue Roe Fawn Ruffy

An orphaned roe fawn in a meadow who fought to live!


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December 2020

Our updates and stories in December 

Smush Saving the World: A Famous Cat Saving Her Own

FOUR PAWS partners with influencer to #FightForCats and end the cat meat trade in Southeast Asia


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Cat slaughterhouse closure in Vietnam

A glimmer of hope for cats that are victims of a brutal trade in Southeast Asia


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Bear Jambolina arrives at Arosa Bear Sanctuary

From the bleak Ukrainian circus to the snowy Swiss Alps

From the bleak Ukrainian circus to the snowy mountains; 'Loneliest bear in the world' will also get introduced to bear friends


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Kaavan interacts with another elephant

Loneliest elephant in the world arrives in Cambodia

American businessman, Eric Margolis, aids Kaavan's flight to safety


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Mena Suvari and Fur Free Alliance partner for anti-fur video

The new PSA from writer and director Dustin Brown shines a spotlight on the bloody fur trade 
 


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November 2020

Our updates and stories in November

From Cage to California 

Dogs saved from Cambodian meat trade, Take “Freedom Flights” to U.S. for Adoption


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1 Million Act to #ProtectMillions!

Petition to end the dog and cat meat trade in Southeast Asia reaches milestone


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Afien and lion Bobby

Taking Care of Traumatized Big Cats

Afien Groenhof-Westra is an animal caretaker at FELIDA Big Cat Centre


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7 bile bears rescued

Rescue of 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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From Cage to California

Dogs saved from Cambodian meat trade, Take “Freedom Flights” to U.S. for Adoption


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Erin Liewes and tiger Rhadja

A Day in the Life of an Animal Caretaker

Erin Liewes is an animal caretaker at FELIDA Big Cat Centre


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Bear Teddy in a tiny cage

Rescue Bear Teddy

Bear Teddy gets the life he deserves at BEAR SANCTUARY Belitsa!


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Tigress Dehli

The Establishment of a Special Care Sanctuary

Simone Schuls is the manager of our FELIDA Big Cat Centre


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Rescue mission Gaza 2019

On the Frontline during Rescue Missions

Juno van Zon is committed to helping animals in conflict areas


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Tomi

Tiger Mirza rescues the life of Tiger Tomi

In a rare procedure, a tiger blood transfusions saves a life


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October 2020

Our updates and stories in October

Stray puppies on the streets of India

International Impact with Strong Partnerships

We are able to help more animals in India and around the globe


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AAI Dog Busia

FOUR PAWS Ukraine Receives Award for Animal Assisted Interventions Project

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


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Sheep flock with lambs

Over 180 Fashion Brands Oppose Mulesing

A brutal practice done to sheep


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Bear used for traditional medicine

Steps we can all take to Travel Kind

Steps we can all take to Travel Kind


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Sheep with lambs in a barn

Farm Highlight: The future is non-mulesed

How an Australian wool producing family successfully ended the painful practice of mulesing


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Bear at BEAR SANCTUARY Belitsa

Autumn in our Sanctuaries

Beautiful pictures from our rescued animals enjoying the season


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Animal Charity

Hands Off Approach is Best for Animal Welfare

Animal lover shares her experience of being lured into a cub petting "sanctuary" in South Africa


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October 2020

Our updates and stories in October

Stray puppies on the streets of India

International Impact with Strong Partnerships

We are able to help more animals in India and around the globe


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AAI Dog Busia

FOUR PAWS Ukraine Receives Award for Animal Assisted Interventions Project

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


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Sheep flock with lambs

Over 180 Fashion Brands Oppose Mulesing

A brutal practice done to sheep


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Bear used for traditional medicine

Steps we can all take to Travel Kind

Steps we can all take to Travel Kind


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Sheep with lambs in a barn

Farm Highlight: The future is non-mulesed

How an Australian wool producing family successfully ended the painful practice of mulesing


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Animal Charity

Hands Off Approach is Best for Animal Welfare

Animal lover shares her experience of being lured into a cub petting "sanctuary" in South Africa


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September 2020

Our updates and stories in September

Lions in circus

Animal-Friendly Travel Is Easier Than You Think

We are calling on the public to be responsible travelers and Travel Kind – for the future of humankind, the planet and for animals.


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FOUR PAWS supports rescue of over 30 zoo animals in Pakistan

Breaking News: FOUR PAWS supports rescue of over 30 zoo animals in Pakistan

Death of two lions at the Marghazar Zoo prompts intervention and zoo closure


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Stray puppies on the streets of India

International Impact with Strong Partnerships

We are able to help more animals in India and around the globe


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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 


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Release at LIONSROCK

Women Fighting for Animals Around the Globe

Meet some of the FOUR PAWS female animal guardians 


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Caged tigers on display

Travel Kind and Remember to Look, but Don’t Touch

How to be an animal-friendly traveler while still enjoying the beauty animals have to offer


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Bear at BEAR SANCTUARY Belitsa

Autumn in our Sanctuaries

Beautiful pictures from our rescued animals enjoying the season


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August 2020

Our updates and stories in August

Injured and starving animals in Beirut

Mission to Lebanon

Injured and traumatized animals in Beirut


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The cat meat trade in Vietnam

Special dish 'Little Tiger': The rampant cat meat trade in Vietnam

Over one million cats are killed for their meat every year as part of the cruel and hidden trade, FOUR PAWS and Change For Animals Foundation reports


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FOUR PAWS shuts down dog slaughterhouse in Cambodia critical to the trade

FOUR PAWS Shuts Down Dog Slaughterhouse in Cambodia Critical to the Trade

Thousands of dogs are spared a gruesome death by drowning, choking, and asphyxiation


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July 2020

Our updates and stories in July

FOUR PAWS rescues two bear cubs from illegal wildlife trade in Vietnam

FOUR PAWS rescues two bear cubs from illegal wildlife trade in Vietnam

The cubs arrived at BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh days before Vietnam announces ban on all wildlife trade


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Urgent Weekend Rescue Provides Two Former-Circus Tigers A ‘Retirement’

FOUR PAWS transferred Jill and Sahib to sanctuary in Germany


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Breaking News: Vietnam’s issues directive to ban all wildlife trade in reaction to COVID-19! 

Vietnam has banned the import of wild animals and their parts and banned the sale of wild animals and their parts within the country. 


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Bear Melanka

Update Melanka & Leo

GREAT NEWS: Thanks to your support, more than 9,000 protest e-mails were sent to the State Management of Affairs in Ukraine.


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FOUR PAWS Joins Unique Streaming Event to Save Animals and the Planet

Famous Fido Rescue to host virtual event called the Celebration of Life airing Saturday, July 25th


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Pandemics don’t just affect our health

The economic effects of the next pandemic could set us back for years


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Cuc and Nhai, a life behind bars

Rescue Daisy and Jasmine

After 18 years behind bars, Daisy and Jasmine get rescued to a new life


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Ending Widescale Animal Exploitation to prevent further Pandemics

The Dog and Cat Meat Trade presents a real future pandemic risk


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Therapy dog Smiley

Rescue Dog Smiley

From street dog to valuable AAI team member 


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Dogs in cages at a dog meat trader in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Siem Reap, first Cambodian province to ban dog meat

Local government takes action after FOUR PAWS year-long investigation of industry  


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Bear Jeta

Rescue Bear Jeta

New home for one of Europe's saddest bears


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Therapy dog Shoko

Rescue Dog Shoko

From guard dog to therapy dog


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June 2020

Our updates and stories in June

FOUR PAWS Actions during the COVID-19 Pandemic

We continue to fight to end the Dog and Cat Meat Trade during the pandemic


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Rescue Kittens Hazel and Diana

Rescue Kittens Hazel and Diana

Two baby cats that were thrown away like garbage


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Rescue Dog Doris

Rescue Dog Doris

Poor dog Doris had a stroke of bad luck in humid Thailand


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Hurricane Season in a time of COVID

A potentially strong hurricane season in the midst of a pandemic


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Feeding Strays Through COVID

Our efforts to bring food where it is needed most continue through the pandemic


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China bans the selling of dog and cat meat

FOUR PAWS calls on the Governments of Cambodia, Indonesia and Vietnam to follow China’s example


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Cat Leila

Rescue Kittens Luke and Leila

Saved from the cat meat trade industry at the very last minute


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May 2020

Our updates and stories in May

FOUR PAWS rescues bear cub from illegal wildlife trade in Vietnam

Cub Mochi finds a species-appropriate home at BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh


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Rescued From 18 Years in a Cage

2 Bears Rescued in Vietnam Amidst COVID-19 pandemic


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Orphaned orangutan rescued by FOUR PAWS

Orangutan Baby Rescued from Bag Tied to Motorcycle, then Locked in Jail

Traumatized orphan nearly dumped due to COVID-19 fears, now bonds with surrogate mother 


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Bears James and Freddie playing

The Police Check That Changed A Bears Life

A routine police stopped a taxi in Vietnam found a shocking surprise laying on the back seat


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Celebrities Join Dog Meat Free Coalition

Celeb video mounts pressure on President Jokowi to respond to COVID-19 by closing down Indonesia’s live animal markets and dog and cat meat trades


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Disasters and your pets: Are you ready?

This guide will help you and your family get prepared


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ANIMAL WELFARE AND COVID-19

What you need to know and what can you do? 


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Dogs Sor and Pitch

Rescue Dogs Sor and Pich

Part of our Mission on Silk Island


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Bear Violeta enjoys her life

Rescue Bear Violeta

Some wounds remain scars forever


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Dog in front of a temple

Stray Animal Care on Silk Island, Cambodia

FOUR PAWS provides lifesaving care for dogs and cats


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Lion Lenci in FELIDA

Rescue Lion Lenci

This lion is a true fighter: his story from "Europe's worst zoo" to a happy life


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April 2020

Our updates and stories in April

NGOs call on World Health Organization to help stop next pandemic

In the wake of COVID-19, FOUR PAWS demands a ban on global wildlife markets to prevent such health crises in the future


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Rescue Dog Kovi

Rescue Dogs Kovi, Kara, Tina

Three dogs found on deaths door


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Bengal tiger rescue from the Bloemfontein Zoo

Rescue of Two Tigers and Three Jackals

Home at LIONSROCK after Emergency Rescue


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Rescue Dog Archie

Rescue Dog Archie

Left howling in pain when struck by a motorbike, dog Archie gets the care he desperately needed


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Dasha and Lelya at BEAR SANCTUARY Domazhyr

Rescue Bears Dasha and Lelya

They have spent most of their lives in a small concrete cage, unable to express their natural behavior


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Team preparing for sheep rescue

Animal Disaster Relief in Romania

14,600 sheep trapped inside a capsized ship


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Stray animal care in Romania

COVID-19 and Stray Animals

What a pandemic means for stray cats and dogs


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Veterinarian Dr Frank Göritz in Khan Younis Zoo in the Gaza Strip

World Veterinary Day

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


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Dog and cat meat trade in the time of the COVID-19 epidemic in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

While China bans dog and cat meat, trade in Southeast Asia is thriving

While China bans dog and cat meat, trade in Southeast Asia is thriving 


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Timeline of our activities and achievements

FOUR PAWS is committed to bringing an end to the cruel dog and cat meat trade in Southeast Asia


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The four puppies in a bag

Rescue of Four Puppies

Tied up in a plastic bag and thrown away like trash


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Happy and healthy Dushi

The Transformation of Rescued Wild Animals

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


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march 2020

Our updates and stories in March

Orangatan in Care of FOUR PAWS

FOUR PAWS ORANGUTAN FOREST SCHOOL prepares for emergencies

Virus thought to pose grave danger to great apes 


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Lion Ivan-Asen in FELDIA 2018

Rescue Lion Ivan-Asen

Rescued from a zoo in Bulgaria and brought to our FELIDA Big Cat Sanctuary


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Happy Bear

Measures in times of corona

We are well prepared to continue to care for our animals


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Consequences of Corona: Waiting times borders

Live animal transports during coronavirus situation


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Rescue Dog Max

Rescue Dog Max

An abused dog gets his second chance and a family who loves him


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FOUR PAWS Statement on the novel coronavirus / COVID-19

Adaptations we have made, animal care remains top priority 


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Brown bear Lady M.

Rescue Bear Lady M.

After many years of "dancing", this girl can spend her days in peace 


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February 2020

Our updates and stories in February

Bear Ben in a tiny cage

Rescue Bear Ben

He suffered almost three decades in a tiny, filthy cage


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Rescue dog Kitty sitting

Rescue Dog Kitty

Thailand's Forgotten Dogs Program saved her life


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Lions Masoud and Terez

Rescue Lions Masoud & Terez

Two Bulgarian lion cubs find a new home in our FELIDA Big Cat Sanctuary 


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Bear in cage

Rescue Bears Suzana and Bruno

FOUR PAWS transferred two brown bears to cooperation partner Bear Refuge Kuterevo in Croatia


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Dogs in a cage

Ten million dogs and cats are slaughtered for their meat in Southeast Asia yearly

According to new FOUR PAWS report, trade continues to thrive despite severe risk to public health 


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Dog in front of a temple

Stray Animal Care on Silk Island, Cambodia

FOUR PAWS provides lifesaving care for dogs and cats


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January 2020

Our updates and stories in January

Bear Bile

Biggest Bile Bear Rescue

Suffering bears find a species-appropriate and safe home


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FOUR PAWS International: Long-time colleague Josef Pfabigan to follow Heli Dungler as CEO

Former CFO and long-time colleague, Josef Pfabigan, to follow Heli Dungler as CEO


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starving lions

FOUR PAWS cares for starving animals in Sudan

Four lions have already lost two thirds of their natural body weight


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Rescued sheep arrive at new home

FOUR PAWS provides new home for sheep rescued from capsized ship in Romania

180 sheep out of 14,000 survived due to tireless rescue efforts


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Rescue Bear Cubs Mi and Tam

Rescue Bear Cubs Mi and Tam

Two bear cubs saved from illegal wildlife trade in Vietnam


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Bear Misha at BEAR SANCTUARY Domazhyr

Rescue Bear Misha

First steps in his new life


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