In our society, dogs are considered members of the family, we affectionately call them man's best friend and value them for their superb sense of smell. Some even have a job – for example, as rescue dogs or guide dogs for the blind. It is our duty as human beings to keep dogs in accordance with the needs of their species.

In many countries, a dog's life looks completey different: hundreds of thousands of stray dogs live on the streets – many are ill, injured or undernourished. They are often killed as parasites, and in some places dog meat even appears on the human menu. 

Worth knowing about dogs


“Humans’ Best Friend” – The Dog

Our companion for thousands of years 


10 Facts about Dogs

Surprising facts about “man’s best friend” 

Happy dog

Dogs and Their Needs

Guide for dog owners: What does my dog need?

More to learn

what we Are doing

FOUR PAWS advocates the responsible handling of dogs and supports dog owners with helpful advice and educational programmes. We are also tirelessly working to help stray dogs worldwide.    

Cat and his owner

Responsible Pet Ownership

What you should know?


THE four paws GUIDE

Responsible pet ownership


Stolen. Killed. Eaten.

End the Dog and Cat Meat Trade! #ProtectMillions

Stray animal care

Stray Animals

Worldwide projects to help stray dogs and cats 

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More to learn...

Dogs at home

Does a Dog Fit My Lifestyle?

Test yourself with our '30-day dog challenge'

Puppy in a shelter

The Beauty of Adoption

Adopting a pet is a wonderful process

Treated as breeding machines, mother dogs are repeatedly impregnated.

The Illegal Puppy Trade

Abused as breeding machines

Man with dog on a leash

Positive dog training

Dogs learn best with positive reinforcement 

Dog hiding

Cruelty to Animals


Dog in pain

Pain in Pets

What your pet feels, and how to understand the warning signs

Dog at vets

Pet Obesity – a Serious Health Issue

Healthy weight of dogs is an important welfare factor