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, Albania and Ukraine.  

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



Success stories, updates, press releases and background information

Rescue Suzana and Bruno


Two of the last illegally kept brown bears in Croatia have found a new home

FOUR PAWS rescues and transfers Suzana and Bruno to Croatian bear refuge


Rescue Chuoi, Tao and Le

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


FOUR PAWS rescues orphaned bear cub from basement

The bear is now safe at species-appropriate BEAR SANCTUARY Prishtina


Vietnam: Lives of two rescued bear cubs are saved

Mi and Tam delight animal keepers in FOUR PAWS’ BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh 


Kosovar government keeps orphaned bear cub in filthy basement

FOUR PAWS calls on authorities to hand over brown bear


Rescue Dushi

A new beginning for bear Dushi at our BEAR SANCTUARY Müritz


FOUR PAWS rescues five bears from agonising conditions in Vietnam

The bears have found a new home at BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh


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