FOUR PAWS Statement on novel the coronavirus / COVID-19

Adaptations we have made, animal care remains top priority 


As the coronavirus / COVID-19 pandemic changes day-to-day, and our world faces new uncertainty and challenges, we wanted to share with you the adaptations that FOUR PAWS has made to secure the safety and health of our global workforce and the hundreds of animals in our care. 

Most of our offices spread over 15 countries have opted to protect our workers by initiating a work-from-home policy. As citizens of the world, we know the impact our actions may have on the general population and we are holding ourselves accountable to protect not only animals at this time, but our fellow humans. 

As for our sanctuaries for rescued animals in twelve countries, our promise to provide these animals with the highest standard of care will never diminish. Although most of these facilities have closed to the public for the time-being, our caretakers are working on a regular and rotating schedule. Our animals will continue to receive their specialized diets, expert veterinary care, appropriate housing and enrichment that FOUR PAWS is known for. 

Additionally, and unfortunately, due to lockdowns and travel bans in many countries among many other factors, any new animal rescues are on hold until further notice. Despite the challenges our teams and the world face to navigate this new reality, our commitment to our animals knows no bounds and we will continue to uphold our promise to all the animals we have in our care.

We wanted to assure you that FOUR PAWS is fully committed to the well-being of our animals, our team, our partners and collaborators and we will continue to adopt the necessary measures to continue our work and the protection and care of animals in need.

Thank you for being our loyal supporters, donors and followers. We are dedicated to updating all of you with the progress of our missions and stories of hope from our rescued animals. As much as we can, we will post photos and keep you up to date with the health and daily routines of our animals. 

FOUR PAWS is the global animal welfare organization for animals under direct human influence, which reveals suffering, rescues animals in need, and protects them. Founded in 1988 in Vienna by Heli Dungler and friends, the organization advocates for a world where humans treat animals with respect, empathy, and understanding. FOUR PAWS’ sustainable campaigns and projects focus on companion animals including stray dogs and cats, farm animals and wild animals – such as bears, big cats, and orangutans – kept in inappropriate conditions as well as in disaster and conflict zones. With offices in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Kosovo, the Netherlands, Switzerland, South Africa, Thailand, Ukraine, the UK, the USA and Vietnam, as well as sanctuaries for rescued animals in eleven countries, FOUR PAWS provides rapid help and long-term solutions. 

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