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

FOUR PAWS rescues bears suffering in captivity and protects them by providing lifelong species-appropriate care at our sanctuaries. We are committed to ending their suffering through public awareness campaigns, working to change laws around their keeping and advocating for their welfare worldwide.

Happy rescued bears in FOUR PAWS sanctuary

Rescues and success stories

Meet our rescued bears. Now, having happy lives in our sanctuaries

Arosa Barenland bear sanctuary with bear Napa


We protect animals by giving lifelong care in species-appropriate sanctuaries

Rescue of Asiatic bile bears in Vietnam

timeline of our activities and achievements

See how we are changing lives for bears in Vietnam


bear welfare issues

Our work to rescue abused bears in Vietnam, Southeast Europe, and Ukraine.

#SaddestBears in Vietnam

bear farms in vietnam

Bears are kept and abused for bile extraction

#SaddestBears in Southeast Europe

caged bears in Southeast Europe

Many bears are suffering in bad conditions in captivity 

#SaddestBears in Ukraine

hunting target in ukraine

Bears are held and tormented for training hunting dogs


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Success stories, updates, press releases and background information

Rescue Leo and Melanka

Rescue Leo and Melanka

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

Rescue Anya and Frankie

Rescue Anya and Frankie

A long life of happiness awaits them

FOUR PAWS rescues two bear cubs from illegal wildlife trade in Vietnam

FOUR PAWS rescues two bear cubs from illegal wildlife trade in Vietnam

The cubs arrived at BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh days before Vietnam announces ban on all wildlife trade

Bear at BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh

Breaking News: Vietnam’s issues directive to ban all wildlife trade in reaction to COVID-19! 

Vietnam has banned the import of wild animals and their parts and banned the sale of wild animals and their parts within the country. 

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

New life for bears

Our solution

A new life for rescued animals in our bear sanctuaries

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