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

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

Dasha and Lelya find forever home at BEAR SANCTUARY Domazhyr


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


Rescue Suzana and Bruno

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


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


Rescue Laska

FOUR PAWS rescues Ukrainian baiting bear


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