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Animal Rescues & Success Stories 

FOUR PAWS helps animals under direct human influence. 

Bear Iva in North Macedonia

Rescue Bear Iva

Sep 2022 - Belitsa

Trapped for the first 6 years of her life

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Bear Mark behind bars

Rescue Bear Mark

Dec 2022 - Arbesbach

After 20 years in a tiny cage, Albania's last restaurant bear is finally free

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#TrainTigers in the train wagon in Argentina

Rescue Tigers Mafalda, Sandro, Gustavo and Messi

Mar 2022 - LIONSROCK

#TrainTigers from Argentina no longer have to live in a train

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Lions Kandaka and Mansour

Rescue Lions Kandaka and Mansour

Nov 2022 - Al Ma'wa

After two years of meticulous preparations, the big cats arrived at their new home at Al Maꞌwa Wildlife Reserve

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Juno Marlina in the forest

Rescue Orangutan Juno Marlina

May 2022 - FOREST SCHOOL

Recovering from being kept as a pet in a tiny cage

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Cat meowing in a metal cylinder

Rescue Cat Mozart

Oct 2022 - Shelter / Private home

How FOUR PAWS' Project Kishka helps stray cats in Ukraine

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Bear Bakhmut

Rescue Bear Bakhmut

Sep 2022 - Domazhyr

Abandoned in a destroyed backyard in war-torn Ukraine

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Rescue Bé and Em

Rescue Bear Cubs Bé and Em

May 2022 - Ninh Binh

Stolen for the illegal wildlife trade, two orphaned bear cubs are safe now

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Bear Soi

Rescue Bear Soi

Oct 2022 - Ninh Binh

A fresh start for the young bear after being kept in a tiny cage

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Two lion cubs lying on the ground wearing leashes

Rescue Max and Mona

Sep 2022 - Al Ma'wa

Sibling lion cubs are bought and sold until FOUR PAWS stepped in

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Rescued dog, Peter Parker, with tongue hanging out

Rescue Dog Peter Parker

Feb 2021 - Shelter / Private home

After narrowly escaping slaughter, he has found love, kindness, and a place to call home

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Bear Vova before rescue

Rescue Bear Vova

Mar 2022 - Domazhyr

No more entertaining – a new life awaits the Ukrainian restaurant bear

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Rescue Seven Romanian Lions

Rescue Seven Romanian Lions

Sep 2021 - FELIDA

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

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Rescue Bear Cubs Jenny, Toby and Moris

Rescue Bear Cubs Jenny, Toby and Moris

Jun 2021 - Domazhyr

From being props to life in paradise, three bears cubs begin their new lives at BEAR SANCTUARY Domazhyr

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Bear Sam

Rescue Bears Sam and Jamila

May 2022 - Arosa

After many years in poor captivity, a new chapter for the brown bears begins

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Stray dog

Rescue of Stray Animals in Southeast Asia

 - Shelter / Private home

From misery to happiness – these dogs and cats got a second chance

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Rescue lion cub Nikola

Rescue Lion Nikola

Jun 2022 - FELIDA

A traumatic start in life with a happy ending

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Puma in the enclosure

Rescue Puma Tikam

Feb 2019 - TIERART

A victim of the wildcat trade in Europe

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Bear Teddy in a tiny cage

Rescue Bear Teddy

Nov 2020 - Belitsa

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

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Dancing Bears Svetla and Mima in chains

Rescue Bears Svetla and Mima

Jun 2007 - Belitsa

They 'danced' all their lives for tourists 

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Bear Jeta

Rescue Bear Jeta

Aug 2017 - Belitsa

New home for one of Europe's saddest bears

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Brown bear Vesko

Rescue Bear Vesko

Nov 2019 - Belitsa

A victim of uncontrolled breeding in Bulgaria

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Bear in cage

Rescue Bears Suzana and Bruno

Jul 2019 - Belitsa

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

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Brown bear Lady M.

Rescue Bear Lady M.

Jul 2007 - Belitsa

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

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Bear Violeta enjoys her life

Rescue Bear Violeta

Jun 2007 - Belitsa

Some wounds remain scars forever

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Bear Riku to BEAR SANCTUARY Belitsa

Rescue Bear Riku

Dec 2016 - Belitsa

FOUR PAWS brings Albanian bear Riku to BEAR SANCTUARY Belitsa

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Tigress Dehli at FELIDA

Rescue Tigress Dehli

May 2014 - FELIDA

The beautiful tigress of FELIDA Big Cat Sanctuary

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Bear Thi

Rescue Nine Bile Bears

Feb 2022 - Ninh Binh

From life behind bars to paradise: Almost two decades in captivity are over

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Therapy dog Lisa

Rescue Dog Lisa

Sep 2018 - Shelter / Private home

From the streets to a new human-animal bond in our Animal Assisted Intervention programme

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Bear Martha

Rescue Bear Martha

Aug 2021 - Domazhyr

The Ukrainian circus and restaurant bear finally gets her freedom

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Tu Do in the cage she was kept

Rescue Bear Tu Do

Dec 2021 - Ninh Binh

The last bile bear in Son La province is finally rescued

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Jambolina looks over her new home

Rescue Bear Jambolina

Dec 2020 - Arosa

After many years in the circus, a new life is finally beginning for the brown bear

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Rescue Tsezar

Rescue Tiger Tsezar

Oct 2021 - FELIDA

Left to die, but eventually rescued and safely transferred to our FELIDA Big Cat Sanctuary 

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Elephant Kaavan

Rescue Elephant Kaavan

May 2021 - Cambodia

Our heaviest rescue to date – after years of isolation for the Asian elephant Kaavan, his loneliness finally ends!

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Bears in Vietnam

Rescue Bears Lili, Lulu and Lac

May 2019 - Ninh Binh

The impromptu rescue of three nameless Asiatic black bears 

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Bear Kvitka

Rescue Bear Kvitka

Jun 2018 - Domazhyr

Fighting bear Kvitka rescued from Ukrainian hunting station

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Rescue Jason

Rescue Dog Jason

Apr 2021 - Shelter / Private home

Abandoned and in a terrible condition, dog Jason is now on his long road to recovery

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Baby Orangutan Indra

Rescue Orangutan Indra

Nov 2020 - FOREST SCHOOL

The orangutan child who was found alone with suspicious injuries has started a new life in our orangutan forest school

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Kiano the serval

Rescue Kiano

Feb 2020 - TIERART

An African wild cat found in the forests of Germany

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Rescue Mykhailo

Rescue Bear Mykhailo

Oct 2020 - Domazhyr

After an accident, the brown bear gets a new life at our BEAR SANCTUARY Domazhyr

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Rescue Dog Bobo

Rescue Dog Bobo

Jul 2021 - Shelter / Private home

Bobo’s owner was struggling to care for him, but with help, Bobo is recovering and looking better than ever

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Bear Dushi

Rescue Bear Dushi

Oct 2018 - Müritz

A new beginning for bear Dushi at our BEAR SANCTUARY Müritz

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Sirko and Ruta

Rescue Bears Sirko, Ruta and Andor

Jun 2021 - Domazhyr

Two became three – the restaurant bears who have a new start at our BEAR SANCTUARY Domazhyr

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Rescued bear cub Mochi

Rescue Bear Cubs Mochi, Nara and Nikko

May 2020 - Ninh Binh

Three bear cubs saved in Vietnam from illegal wildlife traders

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Asiatic black bear Cam

Rescue Bear Cam

Apr 2021 - Ninh Binh

After being locked away behind iron bars, there is a bright future for the Asiatic black bear

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Bear Pashuk

Rescue Bear Pashuk

Aug 2016 - Prishtina

The saddest bear of Albania found his safe haven – the moment that he got released from his chains

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Rescue Bears Xuan and Mo

Rescue Bears Xuan and Mo

Mar 2021 - Ninh Binh

Kept in a basement, the Asiatic black bears were rescued from a life in darkness 

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Rescue Donkey Puica

Rescue Donkey Puica

May 2020 - Shelter / Private home

Our partner organisation ARCA saved a donkey's life!

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Baby Orangutan  Bhima

Rescue Orangutan Bhima

Oct 2020 - FOREST SCHOOL

With a broken arm and no mother, baby orangutan Bhima needs special care

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Bears in Vietnam

Rescue Bears Keo, Lim, Dieu, San and Khoai Lang

Mar 2019 - Ninh Binh

Five bears rescued from agonising conditions in Vietnam

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Lion Ivan-Asen in FELDIA 2018

Rescue Lion Ivan-Asen

Mar 2018 - FELIDA

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

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7 bile bears rescued

Rescue of 7 Bile Bears

Nov 2020 - Ninh Binh

Asiatic black bears La, Lam, Sang, Dua, Khe, Oi and Xoai begin their new lives at BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh 

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Bear Andri in Prishtina

Rescue Bear Cub Andri

Jun 2021 - Prishtina

FOUR PAWS rescues orphaned bear cub from basement

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Lions Masoud and Terez

Rescue Lions Masoud & Terez

Feb 2018 - FELIDA

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

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Dog Moo

Rescue Dog Moo

Jun 2019 - Shelter / Private home

FOUR PAWS was able to turn his life around

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Therapy dog Bumi

Rescue Dog Bumi

May 2014 - Shelter / Private home

From the streets to a new human-animal bond in our Animal Assisted Intervention programme

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Rescue Dog Lola

Rescue Dog Lola

Mar 2021 - Speranta

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

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Bear Nhi Nho

Rescue Bear Nhi Nho

Nov 2017 - Ninh Binh

A former bile bear, suffering from stress disorder, enlarged adrenal glands and with two missing front paws, is finally rescued

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Rescue Bears Frol and Frosia

Rescue Bears Frol and Frosia

Oct 2020 - Domazhyr

Born for entertainment, these two restaurant bears knew no different – now they begin a new life! 

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Rescue Dog Oiţã on the streets

Rescue Dog Oiţã

Feb 2020 - Speranta

So much love to give after being hurt by humans

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Rescue Dog Doris

Rescue Dog Doris

Feb 2018 - Shelter / Private home

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

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Dog Fufu was found with a broken back

Rescue Dog Fufu

Jan 2020 - Shelter / Private home

Found at the side of the road with a broken back, Fufu needed urgent help

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Rescue dog Veronica suffered from a severe skin infection

Rescue Dog Veronica

Mar 2020 - Shelter / Private home

Suffering from a severe skin disease and starvation, she was a sad sight and needed urgent help

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Rescue dog Kitty sitting

Rescue Dog Kitty

Feb 2020 - Shelter / Private home

Thailand's Forgotten Dogs Program saved her life

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Dog Whitey suffered from skin infection

Rescue Dog Whitey

Sep 2019 - Shelter / Private home

Heartlessly dumped on the streets of Thailand, he was left to fend for himself

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Orphan Lestari

Rescue Orangutan Lestari

Jul 2020 - FOREST SCHOOL

The orangutan orphan recovering from trauma and learning how to enjoy her life again in the ORANGUTAN FOREST SCHOOL

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Bear Luna

Rescue Bear Luna

Nov 2016 - Müritz

One of Europe’s saddest bears rescued

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Rescue Dog Stafida

Rescue Dog Stafida

Nov 2020 - Speranta

The miraculous survival of a dog who was struck by a train 

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Amelia and Meimo

Rescue Bears Amelia & Meimo

Jan 2019 - Arosa

Two new inhabitants at Arosa Bear Sanctuary, Switzerland

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Lion Lenci in FELIDA

Rescue Lion Lenci

Oct 2018 - FELIDA

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

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Roe buck Ruffy

Rescue Roe Fawn Ruffy

Jun 2019 - TIERART

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

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Asiatic black bear Thu

Rescue Bear Thu

Oct 2020 - Ninh Binh

With 15 years of suffering behind her, the Asiatic black bear begins her new life

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Therapy dog Caju

Rescue Dog Caju

Mar 2019 - Shelter / Private home

From a stray puppy fighting for her life to a loved therapy dog in Romania

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Bear Napa

Rescue Bear Napa

Jul 2018 - Arosa

After a long journey the first bear moved in Arosa Bear Sanctuary

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Rescue Dog Rashi

Rescue Dog Rashi

Aug 2020 - Cambodia

Saved from slaughter in rural Cambodia, Rashi represents the many dogs killed for meat in Southeast Asia. 

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Dog Daisy

Rescue Dog Daisy

Aug 2020 - Shelter / Private home

One of the 15 dogs saved from the dog meat trade in rural Cambodia, Daisy now has the chance at a new life in the USA.

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Rescue Bears Leo and Melanka

Rescue Bears Leo and Melanka

Sep 2020 - Domazhyr

The 'Presidential bears' rescued after 14 long years in a barren cage

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Tigeress Cara

Rescue Tigress Cara

Jul 2015 - TIERART

The tigress' first months of life were in illegal keeping

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Orphan Damai arrives at the ORANGUTAN FOREST SCHOOL

Rescue Orangutan Damai

May 2020 - FOREST SCHOOL

Help came just in time!

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Rescue Cat Victor

Rescue Cat Victor

Jun 2020 - Shelter / Private home

 A true survivor and a little miracle

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Rescue Dog Kaya

Rescue Dog Kaya

Dec 2019 - Shelter / Private home

She grew into a gentle character, who now helps teenagers in need

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Rescue Bears Anya and Frankie

Rescue Bears Anya and Frankie

Aug 2020 - Domazhyr

A long life of happiness awaits them

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Cuc and Nhai, a life behind bars

Rescue Bears Cuc and Nhai

May 2020 - Ninh Binh

After 18 years behind bars, Cuc and Nhai get rescued to a new life

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Rescue Dog Maxi

Rescue Dog Maxi

Oct 2019 - Speranta

Chemically burnt by cruel students 

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Bears Mi and Tam

Rescue Bear Cubs Mi and Tam

Jan 2019 - Ninh Binh

Two bear cubs saved from illegal wildlife trade in Vietnam

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Therapy dog Busia

Rescue Dog Busia

Feb 2019 - Shelter / Private home

How Busia went from streets to a much loved therapy dog

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Brumca at BEAR SANCTUARY Arbesbach

Rescue Bear Brumca

Jun 1998 - Arbesbach

She is a unique bear lady, who loves pasta and Chanel Nº 5

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Rescue Dog Kovi

Rescue Dogs Kovi, Kara, Tina

Apr 2020 - Shelter / Private home

Three dogs found on deaths door

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Therapy dog Shoko

Rescue Dog Shoko

Mar 2017 - Shelter / Private home

From guard dog to therapy dog

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Therapy dog Smiley

Rescue Dog Smiley

Dec 2016 - Shelter / Private home

From street dog to valuable AAI team member 

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Lion Bobby in FELIDA Big Cat Sanctuary

Rescue Lion Bobby

Oct 2018 - FELIDA

Lion Bobby is settled and relaxed at his home in our FELIDA Big Cat Sanctuary 

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Rescue Kitten Roxy

Rescue Kitten Roxy

May 2020 - Shelter / Private home

Found as a malnourished little kitten on the streets of Cambodia

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Rescue Kittens Hazel and Diana

Rescue Kittens Hazel and Diana

Apr 2020 - Shelter / Private home

Two baby kittens that were thrown away like garbage

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Cat Leila

Rescue Kittens Luke and Leila

May 2020 - Shelter / Private home

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

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Rescue Dog Honey

Rescue Dog Honey

Feb 2020 - Shelter / Private home

After losing her leg in trap, Honey was in incredible pain and needed help

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Bear Ben in a tiny cage

Rescue Bear Ben

Dec 2019 - Ninh Binh

He suffered almost three decades in a tiny, filthy cage

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Tiger Caruso

Rescue Tiger Caruso

May 2014 - LIONSROCK

As you know, this beautiful tiger moved from our FELIDA Big Cat Sanctuary to LIONSROCK Big Cat Sanctuary in March 2019

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Dogs Sor and Pitch

Rescue Dogs Sor and Pich

Feb 2020 - Shelter / Private home

Part of our Mission on Silk Island

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Bengal tiger rescue from the Bloemfontein Zoo

Rescue of Two Tigers and Three Jackals

Mar 2020 - LIONSROCK

Home at LIONSROCK after Emergency Rescue

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Dasha and Lelya at BEAR SANCTUARY Domazhyr

Rescue Bears Dasha and Lelya

Oct 2019 - Domazhyr

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

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Dog Sunface

Rescue Dog Sunface

Jun 2015 - Shelter / Private home

A miracle called Sunface 

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Rescue Dog Ursus

Rescue Dog Ursus

Nov 2019 - Speranta

With painful injuries, dog Ursus was left for dead in a field 

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Confiscated Bear in a cage

Rescue Bear Freddie

Dec 2019 - Ninh Binh

The story of a bear, confiscated from the backseat of a taxi

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Rescue Dog Archie

Rescue Dog Archie

Jan 2020 - Shelter / Private home

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

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Rescue Dog Max

Rescue Dog Max

Nov 2019 - Shelter / Private home

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

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The four puppies in a bag

Rescue of Four Puppies

Apr 2020 - Shelter / Private home

Tied up in a plastic bag and thrown away like trash

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Dog Zhulia

Rescue Dog Zhulia

Nov 2019 - Shelter / Private home

A serious injury left her an option for a life on the streets impossible

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Dog App receiving treatment

Rescue Dog App

Dec 2016 - Speranta

An accident has left dog App with a horrifying injury

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Puppy receiving treatment

Rescue Dog Toffee

Sep 2019 - Shelter / Private home

A little puppy found alone, afraid and with a worrisome wound

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Rescue Dog Lucky

Rescue Dog Lucky

Feb 2020 - Shelter / Private home

A much loved dog that couldn't get the help she needed

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Rescue dog Mia - 3 months old

Rescue Dog Mia

Apr 2021 - Speranta

A sweet and gentle soul - hit by a car and left to die

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Rescue Dog Ginou

Rescue Dog Ginou

Feb 2020 - Shelter / Private home

An emergency case during our rescue mission on Silk Island

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Local activist, taking the dogs to safety on the back of his motorbike

Rescue Dogs Rum and Cola

Dec 2019 - Shelter / Private home

Rescued from the dog meat trade in Vietnam

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Asiatic black bear in a cage

Biggest Bile Bear Rescue

Sep 2019 - Ninh Binh

Suffering bears find a species-appropriate and safe home

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Bear Misha at BEAR SANCTUARY Domazhyr

Rescue Bear Misha

Nov 2019 - Domazhyr

First steps in his new life

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Fox Jackson at TIERART

Rescue Fox Jackson

Apr 2019 - TIERART

Rescued fox Jackson shares new home with fellow rescued foxes

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Cat Mina

Rescue Cat Mina

Jul 2019 - Shelter / Private home

Blind cat eluded cat thieves and stumbled her way to safety

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Cat Buttercup

Rescue Cat Buttercup

Aug 2019 - Shelter / Private home

How a wheelchair changed this little furball's life

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Meow

Rescue Cat Meow

Nov 2019 - Shelter / Private home

FOUR PAWS is helping Meow recover and find a safe, loving home

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Dog Bobby

Rescue Dog Bobby

Jun 2019 - Shelter / Private home

Compassion saved Bobby's life, after he was sold to the dog meat trade

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Dog Cinta

Rescue Dog Cinta

Feb 2019 - Shelter / Private home

FOUR PAWS and the Dog Meat Free Indonesia (DMFI) Coalition rescued victim from dog meat traders

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Bear Rocco

Rescue Bear Rocco

Jun 2019 - Müritz

FOUR PAWS rescues bears from a tiny cage in Albania

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Bears in Vietnam

Rescue Bears Chuoi, Tao and Le

May 2019 - Ninh Binh

Chuoi, Tao and Le were successfully lured out of their cage for the last time

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Bear Laska

Rescue Bear Laska

Feb 2019 - Domazhyr

FOUR PAWS rescues Ukrainian baiting bear

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Bears Hoa Lan and Hoa Tra

Rescue Bears Hoa Lan and Hoa Tra

Aug 2018 - Ninh Binh

FOUR PAWS rescues a further pair of abused bears caged for over 12 years

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Bears Long and Trang

Rescue Bears Long and Trang

Nov 2018 - Ninh Binh

Two bears are in safety and one more Vietnamese province has no more bile bear farms

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Bears May and Binh Yen

Rescue Bears May and Binh Yen

Apr 2018 - Ninh Binh

FOUR PAWS ends the keeping of bile bears in Ninh Binh province

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Bear Mashutka

Rescue Bear Mashutka

Nov 2017 - Domazhyr

FOUR PAWS rescues Ukrainian fighting bear 

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Bear Manya

Rescue Bear Manya

Oct 2017 - Domazhyr

Ukrainian restaurant bear rescued by FOUR PAWS

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Bear Tyson

Rescue Bear Tyson

Oct 2017 - Domazhyr

One of 'Europe’s saddest bears' gets a new home at BEAR SANCTUARY Domazhyr

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Bear Potap

Rescue Bear Potap

Jul 2017 - Domazhyr

Potap is now able to enjoy a peaceful life in a near-natural environment

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Lion at LIONSROCK

Rescue Lions Motan and Pisa

Apr 2019 - LIONSROCK

Motan and Pisa have settled in incredibly well at our project LIONSROCK Big Cat Sanctuary & Lodge! 

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Cat Shuri and her babies

Rescue Cat Shuri and Babies

Feb 2019 - Shelter / Private home

Shuri and her babies were spared a brutal end, avoiding being served as the popular dish 'Little Tiger'

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Lion in FELIDA

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