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Tiger Bela

Reading Between the Stripes

Myth-busting facts about tigers

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Bear Ida at BEAR SANCTUARY Müritz

#BehindTheScenes at BEAR SANCTUARY Müritz

Susanne Penschke tells us more about her job as an animal caretaker at BEAR SANCTUARY Müritz 

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Lion Nikola at FELIDA

#BehindTheScenes at FELIDA Big Cat Sanctuary

Afien Groenhof-Westra is an animal caretaker at FELIDA Big Cat Sanctuary and gives us an exclusive look behind the scenes 

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Chico

Laura’s Story

Little Chico was sold with neither passport, nor proof of vaccination, and with a deadly disease

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Tiger and lions

CITES CoP19: The conference deciding the future of big cats

A blog post by Vanessa Amoroso, Head of Wild Animals in Trade at FOUR PAWS

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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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Puma

Puma's Story

Special in every way – cat Puma was a fighter

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Dog Harald

Harald's Story

The greatest love and the greatest loss!

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Tigress Varvara at TIERART

#BehindTheScenes at TIERART Wild Animal Sanctuary

Chief Animal Caretaker for Big Cats, Christopher Nunheim, gives us an exclusive look behind the scenes at the wild animal sanctuary in Germany

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Bella

Anonymous Story

Without her vital vaccinations, Bella fell ill with canine parvovirus and her family did everything they could to save her

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The Penjaga and Pengasuh - The Orangutan Guardians

The Penjaga and Pengasuh – The Orangutan Guardians

Dr Signe Preuschoft and the Forest School Team · 2.6.2022

Meet the 'foster mothers' who are caring for the orphans of the Bornean rainforest

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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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Elina's Story

Elina’s Story

Poor breeding conditions left both of Elina’s puppies fighting for their lives

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Reggie

Richard's Story

Reggie immediately became seriously unwell, leading to Richard starting a campaign against the illegal puppy trade

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Poppy

Christine's Story

After 8 long months of emotional turmoil and stress, Christine is still dealing with the ramifications of the illegal puppy trade

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Bear Dushi at BEAR SANCTUARY Müritz

#BehindTheScenes at BEAR SANCTUARY Müritz

Animal Caretaker Bianca Wöhlke gives us a look behind the scenes at the German bear sanctuary

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Chickens on broiler farm

Human, Animal & Planetary Health

Developing the international pandemic instrument

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AAI Dog Busia

FOUR PAWS Ukraine Receives Award for Animal Assisted Interventions Project

Ian Petinov and the AAI Ukraine Team · 18.1.2022

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

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Bears Emma and Erich swimming at BEAR SANCTUARY Arbesbach

#BehindTheScenes at BEAR SANCTUARY Arbesbach

Animal caretaker and administration supporter, Gerlinde Mairhofer gives us an exclusive look behind the scenes at the sanctuary! ​​​​​​​

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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 the German wild animal sanctuary.

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Rescued puppy

2021: a Good Year in the Fight Against the Illegal Puppy Trade

The main successes towards ending the illegal puppy trade in Europe during 2021 

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Australian Merino sheep

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

New survey of 97 wool producers shows proven success of the non-mulesed system

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Puma Tikam at TIERART

#BehindTheScenes at TIERART Wild Animal Sanctuary

Chief Animal Caretaker Tim Zeller gives us a look behind the scenes at the German wild animal sanctuary

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Vincent & Roman at FELIDA Big Cat Sanctuary

#BehindTheScenes at FELIDA Big Cat Sanctuary

In this interview the animal caretaker Erin Timmer gives us an exclusive look behind the scenes!

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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 sanctuary! ​​​​​​​

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Stop the Illegal Puppy Trade

The Illegal Puppy Trade – Can Technology Stop the Suffering?

Joanna Randall · 23.8.2021

FOUR PAWS joins forces with classified ad sites to protect pets using new technology piloted in Ireland

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Chihuahua

How the 'Digital Services Act' could help stop the illegal puppy trade

FOUR PAWS is mobilising policy makers and supporters to amend a new EU law to ban illegal puppy dealers from online marketplaces.

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Stray dogs in Ukraine

Hope for a Better Tomorrow for Strays

Three important projects to ending stray animal suffering in Eastern Europe

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Bear at BEAR SANCTUARY Müritz

#BehindTheScenes at BEAR SANCTUARY Müritz

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

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Veterinarian Dr Amir Khalil and Kaavan

World Veterinary Day

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

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Stray animal care of dogs in Thailand

Dogs of the Jungle

Dr Katherine Polak · 23.3.2021

Our stray animal care team set on a mission to help stop the suffering of Thailand's rural dog populations

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Pig in truck

One year on from COVID-19 being declared a global pandemic

What is being done to prevent future pandemics?

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Release at LIONSROCK

The Women Fighting for Animals Around the Globe

Meet some of the FOUR PAWS female animal guardians

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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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The giga soy ship, arriving in Amsterdam

FOUR PAWS Team Document the Arrival of The World’s Largest Soy Shipment

The huge environmental impacts of South American soy imports used as animal feed in European factory farms

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Dog Meat Trade Indonesia

Dog Meat Trade Indonesia

Dr Katherine Polak · 24.8.2020

In Indonesia every year millions of dogs and cats are stolen from their families, crammed into cages and transported to slaughterhouses and markets.

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Dog Sunshine

A Story of a Fisherman and His Sunshine

Dr Katherine Polak · 21.8.2020

Help came during tough times for one fisherman, his family and his dogs.

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Dog Meat Slaughterhouse in Cambodia

Help to Close a Second Dog Meat Slaughterhouse in Cambodia

A short window of opportunity to prevent the deaths of thousands of dogs

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Big Cats from War Zones

In recent years, FOUR PAWS had several successful missions in rescuing big cats from war-torn countries such as Iraq, Gaza and Syria

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Bears James and Freddie playing

The Police Check That Changed A Bears Life

Emily Lloyd · 13.7.2020

When a routine police stopped a taxi in Vietnam - they were shocked with what was laying on the back seat.

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Rebecca at LIONSROCK

Influencing Millions Through a Passion for Fitness

Rebecca Louise · 2.7.2020

Influencer Rebecca Louise shares travelling with a purpose

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Helping animals following Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico

Hurricane Season in a time of COVID-19

Jackson Zee · 9.6.2020

The potential of a very dangerous season in the midst of a pandemic

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Live animal transport

Endless waiting times and cruel circumstances at borders

Live animal transports during coronavirus situation

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The team on Silk Island

Stray Animal Care on Silk Island: Working at 36 Degrees Celsius

Andreas Rainer · 18.3.2020

Medical care for over 500 animals in Kambosha, Silk Island in Cambodia.

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Foster mother and orphaned orangutan

What is it like to be a Foster Mother to Orangutans?

Dr Signe Preuschoft and the Forest School Team · 13.2.2020

Orphan orangutans need around the clock care, our caregivers act as foster mothers to the apes in need

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A cruel Journey

A Cruel Journey

This is a true story - our investigators recount the terrifying journey animals experience in the dog and cat meat trade. This text narrates the extremely..

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Where the wild horses live

Andreas Rainer · 16.10.2019

The Romanian wilderness in the Danube Delta is one of the few remaining places in Europe where wild horses can live free. However, their existence was at...

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Dogs in cages

51 dogs rescued from the dog meat trade in Vietnam

Asia Canine Protection Alliance helps provide medical care for confiscated dogs 

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Dogs in cage

Ground Zero of the Cambodian Dog Meat Trade

A moments decision between life or death: Neary and Sopol get a second chance!

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Prada Group Prada Group goes fur free

Great success: Prada becomes fur-free and joins the Fur Free Retailer program!

Our campaign, launched together with the Fur Free Alliance 2018 caused the entire Prada Group to no longer use real fur for the summer collection 2020.

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The Death of Bear Sao

The Death of Bear Sao

Former Bile Bear Sao died due to internal bleeding caused by rat poisening. Our team fought for his life for more than 12 hours but was unable to save him.

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Bear transfer to Arosa

Bear transfer to Arosa

Finally at home at the Arosa Bear Sanctuary

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Ebay, stand up for puppies

Joanna Randall · 12.12.2018

Celebrities, politicians and animal welfare experts call on eBay to take action against the cruel puppy trade

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Showdown at Fier zoo

Ioana Dungler · 27.11.2018

Ioana Dungler reflects on one of our most dramatic rescue missions so far and how we managed to finally rescue the animals from "Europe's worst zoo in...

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Why we are celebrating International Disaster Risk Reduction Day

Why we are celebrating International Disaster Risk Reduction Day

Jackson Zee · 10.10.2018

As the director of the Disaster Relief unit, I know that animals are important to all communities affected by any kind of disaster.

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No land in sight

No Land in Sight

Samantha Haider · 27.9.2018

After hurricane Florence hit the American east coast, a FOUR PAWS team set out to deliver and distribute supplies.

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Last Day on Lombok

Last Day on Lombok

Jackson Zee · 28.8.2018

Looking back on our 15 day mission in Indonesia

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Lombok's lost paradise

Lombok's lost paradise

Jackson Zee · 16.8.2018

Our dangerous mission to the Indonesian islands struck by earthquakes that left hundreds of animals in urgent need

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No more excuses, eBay

No more excuses, eBay

Joanna Randall · 3.8.2018

eBay is making unconvincing excuses why they do not believe in seller identity verification while illegal puppy trade is still happening on their platform.

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Brown bears Vinzenz and Liese

30 Years of FOUR PAWS

In 1988, Heli Dungler founded the internationally active animal welfare organisation FOUR PAWS in Austria

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What would life be without water?

What would life be without water?

Jackson Zee · 20.6.2018

In wake of the impending "Day Zero" in Cape Town, South Africa, FOUR PAWS have developed a plan for disaster relief work.

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