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Unfortunately, not every bear gets to live freely in the wild: many are forced to perform in circuses, are kept as baiting bears that must fight to survive or are forced to pose for selfies with tourists. These bears are  regarded as a lucrative source of income for their owners, and are usually kept in terrible conditions. Worldwide, there are many forms of cruel bear keeping and abuse, and it is our task to intervene. Support our campaigns to end the keeping of bears in unsuitable and cruel conditions! 

Bile Bears

Bile Bears

FOUR PAWS fights for bears in Vietnam

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Animal Charity

The Suffering of Baiting Bears

FOUR PAWS campaigns against illegal bear-baiting in Ukraine and rescues former baiting bears

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Animal Charity

Save the saddest bears Albania

Saddest bears Albania: FOUR PAWS campaigns for a legal ban of cruel bear keeping

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our bear sanctuaries

We provide species-appropriate homes for rescued bears all over the world.

Four Paws Rescue

BEAR SANCTUARY Arbesbach

An animal-friendly home for abused bears since 1998

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Animal Charity

Arosa bear sanctuary

The first bear sanctuary in Switzerland

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Four Paws Rescue

BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh

Take a virtual tour around BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh - a safe haven for former bile bears!

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Four Paws Rescue

BEAR SANCTUARY Prishtina

The FOUR PAWS BEAR SANCTUARY in Kosovo 

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Four Paws Rescue

BEAR SANCTUARY Domazhyr

The FOUR PAWS BEAR SANCTUARY in Ukraine 

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Four Paws Rescue

DANCING BEARS PARK Belitsa

A safe haven for former dancing bears in Bulgaria

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Animal Charity

BEAR SANCTUARY Mueritz

The biggest bear sanctuary in Western Europe

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Animal Charity

Rescue Potap

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

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Animal Charity

Rescue May and Binh Yen

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

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Animal Charity

Rescue Luna


One of Europe’s saddest bears rescued

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Animal Charity

Rescue Jeta

New home for one of Europe's saddest bears

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