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Ginny posing in front of sunflowers

Man’s best friend: Three trends influencing this relationship

A new kind of friendship is developing between people and dogs, as millennial dog owners become green consumers and dogwalkers


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Images of former President Nelson Mandela and his dog Gompo

Gear up for the Mandela Day Gompo Challenge!

9 Ways to #LiveKinder alongside man’s best friend this Mandela Day


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Startlight Tigers laying on the grass relaxing

Starlight Tiger Spotting … It is a real art!

Two FOUR PAWS Cape Town staff members get a lesson in tiger identification at our true sanctuary, LIONSROCK Big Cat Sanctuary. 


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Tiger Mafalda of the Train Tigers at LIONSROCK Big Cat Sanctuary in Bethlehem in South Africa.

A next step in train tiger Mafalda's journey

Teamwork at LIONSROCK as train tiger Mafalda leaves her enclosure for a clinic visit


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 View of the tiger unit at LIONSROCK

How our big cats cope in the cold

A look at a day in the life of the lions and tigers living at our True Sanctuary in the Free State during winter. 


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Staying Ethically Trendy This Midwinter

The golden rules to staying ethically trendy with your fashion shopping this midwinter


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#WearitKind Model with shopping bag

How to shop kind to #WearitKind

The Do’s and Don’ts of shopping kinder to #WearitKind


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Who let the dogs in?

The A-to-Z of getting the office ready for Take Your Dog To Work Day


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Tigers and lions behind a fence

CITES CoP19: The conference deciding the future of big cats

An OpEd by Vanessa Amoroso, Head of Wild Animals in Trade at FOUR PAWS International


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LIONSROCK Dogs on back of bakkie

Celebrating Rescue Dog Day 2022

Bringing with it a promise of love, friendship, and kindness 


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Tigers relaxing on grass

LIONSROCK family groupings so happy together

UN General Assembly proclaims 15 May, International Day of Families  


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#TrainTigers

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Stuck in a train carriage for 15 years


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Bears in Ukraine

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The Atlas Challenge

The FOUR PAWS meat reduction ranking


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New study: Pandemic leads to increased demand for compassion in fashion

FOUR PAWS reveals that almost 90 per cent want fashion industry to prioritise animal welfare


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Lion Juba

#BreakTheViciousCycle

FOUR PAWS is fighting to ban the commercial trade of ALL big cats in South Africa.


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Fiona Miles, Director of FOUR PAWS in South Africa

Fiona Miles gives a voice to forgotten big cats and animals under human influence

World Lion Day is celebrated on August 10th. Director of FOUR PAWS in South Africa, Fiona Miles’ wish for this day is to see the protection for lions and all big cats fully restored and that one day they will only be seen in the wild.

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Roman (left), Dolf (middle), Vincent (right) at FELIDA Big Cat Sanctuary.

In the wild or in a sanctuary, lions are proud to be a pride

Ever wondered what makes a pride proud to be a pride?  

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Ginny posing in front of sunflowers

Man’s best friend: Three trends influencing this relationship

A new kind of friendship is developing between people and dogs, as millennial dog owners become green consumers and dogwalkers

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Images of former President Nelson Mandela and his dog Gompo

Gear up for the Mandela Day Gompo Challenge!

9 Ways to #LiveKinder alongside man’s best friend this Mandela Day

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Startlight Tigers laying on the grass relaxing

Starlight Tiger Spotting … It is a real art!

Two FOUR PAWS Cape Town staff members get a lesson in tiger identification at our true sanctuary, LIONSROCK Big Cat Sanctuary. 

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Tiger Mafalda of the Train Tigers at LIONSROCK Big Cat Sanctuary in Bethlehem in South Africa.

A next step in train tiger Mafalda's journey

Teamwork at LIONSROCK as train tiger Mafalda leaves her enclosure for a clinic visit

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 View of the tiger unit at LIONSROCK

How our big cats cope in the cold

A look at a day in the life of the lions and tigers living at our True Sanctuary in the Free State during winter. 

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Dog between people in the office

Who let the dogs in?

The A-to-Z of getting the office ready for Take Your Dog To Work Day

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Woman shopping for clothing

Staying Ethically Trendy This Midwinter

The golden rules to staying ethically trendy with your fashion shopping this midwinter

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#WearitKind Model with shopping bag

How to shop kind to #WearitKind

The Do’s and Don’ts of shopping kinder to #WearitKind

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Tigers and lions behind a fence

CITES CoP19: The conference deciding the future of big cats

An OpEd by Vanessa Amoroso, Head of Wild Animals in Trade at FOUR PAWS International

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LIONSROCK Dogs on back of bakkie

Celebrating Rescue Dog Day 2022

Bringing with it a promise of love, friendship, and kindness 

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Tigers relaxing on grass

LIONSROCK family groupings so happy together

UN General Assembly proclaims 15 May, International Day of Families  

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Vets drawing blood from lion cub

LIONSROCK vet keeps her resilience up by being fit and inspired

Celebrate the world class vets who celebrate World Veterinary Day a little differently.

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Two lambs

Five cool facts about sheep

How much do we really know about sheep and their secret lives?

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Chickens on broiler farm

Human, Animal & Planetary Health

Developing the international pandemic instrument

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Chihuahua

How the 'Digital Services Act' could help stop the illegal puppy trade

FOUR PAWS is mobilising policy makers and supporters to amend a new EU law to ban illegal puppy dealers from online marketplaces.

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Bear at BEAR SANCTUARY Müritz

#BehindTheScenes at BEAR SANCTUARY Müritz

Animal Caretaker Sabine Steinmeier gives us an exclusive look behind the scenes at the sanctuary! ​​​​​​​

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Live animal transport at sea

Tragedies at Sea – Cartagena and Suez Canal

Unimaginable suffering of the thousands of animals trapped onboard livestock vessels

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The Dog and Cat Meat Trade; A global health risk – the report

New report highlights the need to end the cruel trade and stop future pandemics emerging.

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Pig in truck

One year on from COVID-19 being declared a global pandemic

What is being done to prevent future pandemics?

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Stray animal care in Romania

COVID-19 and Stray Animals

What a pandemic means for stray cats and dogs

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Lifesaving procedure performed on tiger at LIONSROCK Big Cat Sanctuary

It was a matter of life and death and the odds were 50/50 for the 18-year-old tiger Tomi, which calls LIONSROCK Big Cat Sanctuary home.

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Bela and Sharuk's journey to a joyful life

Tigress Bela and tiger Sharuk were born on 8th of May 2014 in private captivity in Mittelbuch, Germany. 

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Dog Meat Trade Indonesia

Dog Meat Trade Indonesia

Dr Katherine Polak · 24.8.2020

In Indonesia every year millions of dogs and cats are stolen from their families, crammed into cages and transported to slaughterhouses and markets.

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Women’s Day Celebration: Our Female Guardians Worldwide

In a world where animal cruelty is still at play, our strong female guardians that make it their mission to bring the suffering of animals to an end.

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Big cats from war zones

In recent years, FOUR PAWS had several successful missions in rescuing big cats from war-torn countries such as Iraq, Gaza and Syria

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Meet Caragh

Caragh Murphy · 20.7.2020

Caragh is 11 years old and dreams of one day travelling the world to help animals. 

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Celebrate International Tiger Day with Caragh

Caragh Murphy · 15.7.2020

On 29 July we celebrate International Tiger Day - the goal of this day is to raise awareness around tiger issues.

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Hildegard Pirker: 15 years with FOUR PAWS

On 15 July 2020, we celebrate 15 years of an amazing human, and the guardian of our big cats here at LIONSROCK.

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Why you should choose a cat

Caragh Murphy · 8.6.2020

Why you should choose a cat - especially a rescue cat!

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Let the tigers roar!

Protect them all!

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Animal Stimulation in Lockdown

Caragh Murphy · 6.5.2020

Today I want to tell you about how important animal stimulation or enrichment is. 

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Veterinarian Dr Frank Göritz in Khan Younis Zoo in the Gaza Strip

World Veterinary Day

Celebrate the world class vets at the helm of our emergency rescue missions.

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Caragh Intro

Caragh Murphy · 6.4.2020

FOUR PAWS South Africa's first Youth Ambassador!

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Live animal transport

Endless waiting times and cruel circumstances at borders

Live animal transports during coronavirus situation

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Dogs in cages

51 dogs rescued from the dog meat trade in Vietnam

Asia Canine Protection Alliance helps provide medical care for confiscated dogs 

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The Death of Bear Sao

The Death of Bear Sao

Former Bile Bear Sao died due to internal bleeding caused by rat poisening. Our team fought for his life for more than 12 hours but was unable to save him.

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Bear transfer to Arosa

Bear transfer to Arosa

Finally at home at the Arosa Bear Sanctuary

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Ebay, stand up for puppies

Joanna Randall · 12.12.2018

Celebrities, politicians and animal welfare experts call on eBay to take action against the cruel puppy trade

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Showdown at Fier zoo

Ioana Dungler · 27.11.2018

Ioana Dungler reflects on one of our most dramatic rescue missions so far and how we managed to finally rescue the animals from "Europe's worst zoo in...

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Why we are celebrating International Disaster Risk Reduction Day

Why we are celebrating International Disaster Risk Reduction Day

Jackson Zee · 10.10.2018

As the director of the Disaster Relief unit, I know that animals are important to all communities affected by any kind of disaster.

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No land in sight

No Land in Sight

Samantha Haider · 27.9.2018

After hurricane Florence hit the American east coast, a FOUR PAWS team set out to deliver and distribute supplies.

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Last Day on Lombok

Looking back on our 15 day mission in Indonesia

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Lombok's lost paradise

Lombok's lost paradise

Jackson Zee · 16.8.2018

Our dangerous mission to the Indonesian islands struck by earthquakes that left hundreds of animals in urgent need

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No more excuses, eBay

No more excuses, eBay

Joanna Randall · 3.8.2018

eBay is making unconvincing excuses why they do not believe in seller identity verification while illegal puppy trade is still happening on their platform.

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Brown bears Vinzenz and Liese

30 Years of FOUR PAWS

In 1988, Heli Dungler founded the internationally active animal welfare organisation FOUR PAWS in Austria

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What would life be without water?

Cape Town is bracing itself for Day Zero

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Animal Rescues​​​​​​

Read more about our emotional animal rescues.​​​​​

#TrainTigers

#TrainTigers

Stuck in a train carriage for 15 years

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Rescue Shevar and Sharukh

Rescue Shevar and Sharukh

Home at LIONSROCK after Emergency Rescue

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Rescue Caruso

This beautiful tiger moved from our FELIDA Big Cat Sanctuary to LIONSROCK in March this year.

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Rescue Motan and Pisa

Motan and Pisa have settled in incredibly well at our project LIONSROCK Big Cat Sanctuary & Lodge! 

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Bears in Vietnam

Rescue Lili, Lulu and Lac

The impromptu rescue of three nameless Asiatic black bears 

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Bear Andri in Prishtina

Rescue Andri

FOUR PAWS rescues orphaned bear cub from basement

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Bears in Vietnam

Rescue Keo, Lim, Dieu, San and Khoai Lang

Five bears rescued from agonising conditions in Vietnam

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