the saddest bears need our help

Bears are still kept in appalling conditions. Their owners often use them for profit. Whether for bile extraction, training hunting dogs or as tourist attractions – hundreds of bears are exploited and tortured to make money.

our Mission

Our goal is to end the suffering of bears kept in conditions not suited to their species, worldwide. Find out more about the abuse of bears and the work of FOUR PAWS for these animals in Vietnam, Southeast Europe, Ukraine and France.

bear farms in vietnam

Bears are kept and abused for bile extraction


caged bears in Southeast Europe

Many bears are suffering in bad conditions in captivity 


hunting target in ukraine

Bears are held and tormented for training hunting dogs


Abused for entertainment

In France bears are still being made to perform silly tricks



Success stories, updates, press releases and background information

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

FOUR PAWS rescues bear cub from illegal wildlife trade in Vietnam

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

Bear rescue Vietnam amidst COVID-19 pandemic

Bear rescue amidst COVID-19 pandemic

FOUR PAWS provides species-appropriate home for two bears in Vietnam


FOUR PAWS rescues two brown bears kept as tourist attraction in Ukraine

Dasha and Lelya find forever home at BEAR SANCTUARY Domazhyr

Bear Ben in a tiny cage

Rescue Ben

He suffered almost three decades in a tiny, filthy cage

Confiscated Bear in a cage

Rescue Freddie

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


Biggest FOUR PAWS mission in Vietnam: Seven bile bears rescued from cruel captivity

Suffering bears find a species-appropriate and safe home at BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh


Bullet particles discovered in three-legged bear

FOUR PAWS found a new home for Dushi in Germany after rescue from Albanian horror zoo

Bear in cage

Rescue Suzana and Bruno

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


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