animal rescues & Success stories

FOUR PAWS helps animals under direct human influence.

        Release of the Sudan lions at LIONSROCK

        Rescue Sudan Lions

        Feb 2024 - LIONSROCK

        A journey from conflict to sanctuary 

        Bear Na in her cage on the bile farm

        Rescue Bear Na

        Oct 2023 - Ninh Binh

        Previously held in a tiny cage, the female Asiatic black bear has finally arrived at BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh

        Lion cub Vasylyna in Ukraine

        Rescue Lioness Vasylyna

        Jun 2023 - FELIDA

        A young big cat in the middle of war

        Rescue lion cub Nikola

        Rescue Lion Nikola

        Jun 2022 - FELIDA

        A traumatic start in life with a happy ending

        Rambas transport crate

        Rescue Tigress Ramba

        Dec 2023 - TIERART

        Another victim of the ruthless tiger trade

        Tiger cub Charlota in the Czech Republic

        Rescue Tigress Charlota

        Jul 2023 - TIERART

        A victim of the ruthless tiger trade

        Tiger Fangio

        Rescue Tigers Fangio and Charly

        May 2023 - Al Ma'wa

        After years of abuse at an illegal breeding farm in Argentina, the Bengal Tigers are now at home in Al Ma'wa

        Dasha and Lelya at BEAR SANCTUARY Domazhyr

        Rescue Bears Dasha and Lelya

        Oct 2019 - Müritz

        They have spent most of their lives in a small concrete cage, unable to express their natural behaviour

        Orangutan Cantik in the forest

        Rescue Orangutan Cantik

        Aug 2017 - FOREST SCHOOL

        A loving older stepsister to the babies, and a good friend to Eska

        Orangutan Kartini

        Rescue Orangutan Kartini

        Apr 2018 - FOREST SCHOOL

        Kartini has good forest skills and loves looking for food

        Bear Mark behind bars

        Rescue Bear Mark

        Dec 2022 - Arbesbach

        After 20 years in a tiny cage, Albania's last restaurant bear is finally free

        Orangutan Eska

        Rescue Orangutan Eska

        Apr 2017 - FOREST SCHOOL

        Rescued from a stressful situation, cheeky Eska will soon be released into the wild

        Orangutan Amalia

        Rescue Orangutan Amalia

        Apr 2017 - FOREST SCHOOL

        Once kept in a barren metal cage, the female is on her way to be fully free

        Lions Kandaka and Mansour

        Rescue Lions Kandaka and Mansour

        Nov 2022 - Al Ma'wa

        After two years of meticulous preparations, the big cats arrived at their new home at Al Maꞌwa Wildlife Reserve

        #TrainTigers in the train wagon in Argentina

        Rescue Tigers Mafalda, Sandro, Gustavo and Messi

        Mar 2022 - LIONSROCK

        #TrainTigers from Argentina no longer have to live in a train

        Juno Marlina in the forest

        Rescue Orangutan Juno Marlina

        May 2022 - FOREST SCHOOL

        Recovering from being kept as a pet in a tiny cage

        Rescue Bé and Em

        Rescue Bear Cubs Bé and Em

        May 2022 - Ninh Binh

        Stolen for the illegal wildlife trade, two orphaned bear cubs are safe now

        Lions LIONSROCK

        Rescue The Golden Pride

        Nov 2022 - LIONSROCK

        Ten lions were safely transferred from the Gauteng Province 
        of South Africa to LIONSROCK Big Cat Sanctuary

        Two lion cubs lying on the ground wearing leashes

        Rescue Lions Max and Mona

        Sep 2022 - Al Ma'wa

        Sibling lion cubs are bought and sold until FOUR PAWS stepped in

        Cheetah Sasha

        Rescue Cheetah Sasha

         - LIONSROCK

        Sasha overcame great adversity to eventually find a safe, forever home 

        Bear Vova before rescue

        Rescue Bear Vova

        Mar 2022 - Domazhyr

        No more entertaining – a new life awaits the Ukrainian restaurant bear

        Tiger Laziz in his shelter

        Rescue Tiger Laziz

        Aug 2016 - LIONSROCK

        Happy 6th Rescueversary to tiger Laziz

        Bear Sam

        Rescue Bears Sam and Jamila

        May 2022 - Arosa

        After many years in poor captivity, a new chapter for the brown bears begins

        Stray dog

        Rescue of Stray Animals in Southeast Asia

         - Shelter / Private home

        From misery to happiness – these dogs and cats got a second chance

        Bear Jeta

        Rescue Bear Jeta

        Aug 2017 - Belitsa

        New home for one of Europe's saddest bears

        Bear Violeta enjoys her life

        Rescue Bear Violeta

        Jun 2007 - Belitsa

        Some wounds remain scars forever

        Bear Riku to BEAR SANCTUARY Belitsa

        Rescue Bear Riku

        Dec 2016 - Belitsa

        FOUR PAWS brings Albanian bear Riku to BEAR SANCTUARY Belitsa

        Bear Thi

        Rescue Nine Bile Bears

        Feb 2022 - 

        From life behind bars to paradise: Almost two decades in captivity are over

        Therapy dog Lisa

        Rescue Dog Lisa

        Sep 2018 - Shelter / Private home

        From the streets to a new human-animal bond in our Animal Assisted Intervention programme

        Elephant Kaavan

        Rescue Elephant Kaavan

        May 2021 - Shelter / Private home

        Our heaviest rescue to date – after years of isolation for the Asian elephant Kaavan, his loneliness finally ends!

        Bears in Vietnam

        Rescue Bears Lili, Lulu and Lac

        May 2019 - Ninh Binh

        The impromptu rescue of three nameless Asiatic black bears 

        Bear Kvitka

        Rescue Bear Kvitka

        Jun 2018 - Domazhyr

        Fighting bear Kvitka rescued from Ukrainian hunting station

        Samson in his enclosure

        Rescue Lions Samson and Tom

        Oct 2021 - LIONSROCK

        Samson and uncle Tom settling into their lives at LIONSROCK Big Cat Sanctuary  

        Baby Orangutan Indra

        Rescue Orangutan Indra

        Nov 2020 - FOREST SCHOOL

        The orangutan infant who was found alone with suspicious injuries has started a new life in the ORANGUTAN FOREST SCHOOL

        Bear Dushi

        Rescue Bear Dushi

        Oct 2018 - Müritz

        A new beginning for bear Dushi at our BEAR SANCTUARY Müritz

        Baby Orangutan  Bhima

        Rescue Orangutan Bhima

        Oct 2020 - FOREST SCHOOL

        With a broken arm and no mother, baby orangutan Bhima needs special care

        Bears in Vietnam

        Rescue Bears Keo, Lim, Dieu, San and Khoai Lang

        Mar 2019 - Ninh Binh

        Five bears rescued from agonising conditions in Vietnam

        Lion Ivan-Asen in FELDIA 2018

        Rescue Lion Ivan-Asen

        Mar 2018 - FELIDA

        Rescued from a zoo in Bulgaria and brought to our FELIDA Big Cat Sanctuary

        Cat slaughterhouse closure in Vietnam

        Rescue Cats from Slaughterhouse

        Dec 2020 - Shelter / Private home

        A glimmer of hope for cats that are victims of a brutal trade in Southeast Asia 

        Bear Andri in Prishtina

        Rescue Bear Cub Andri

        Jun 2021 - Prishtina

        FOUR PAWS rescues orphaned bear cub from basement

        Lions Masoud and Terez

        Rescue Lions Masoud & Terez

        Feb 2018 - FELIDA

        Two Bulgarian lion cubs find a new home in our FELIDA Big Cat Sanctuary 

        Rescue Dog Lola

        Rescue Dog Lola

        Mar 2021 - Shelter / Private home

        Chained for one year, dog Lola finally gets a chance in life

        Bear Nhi Nho

        Rescue Bear Nhi Nho

        Nov 2017 - Ninh Binh

        A former bile bear, suffering from stress disorder, enlarged adrenal glands and with two missing front paws, is finally rescued

        Rescue Shevar and Sharukh

        Rescue Tigers Shevar and Sharukh

        Mar 2020 - LIONSROCK

        Home at LIONSROCK after Emergency Rescue

        Dog in a cage

        Rescue Dogs from Slaughterhouse in Cambodia

        May 2021 - Shelter / Private home

        Together, we have saved millions of dogs from slaughter

        Rescue dog Kitty sitting

        Rescue Dog Kitty

        Feb 2020 - Shelter / Private home

        Thailand's Forgotten Dogs Program saved her life

        Orphan Lestari

        Rescue Orangutan Lestari

        Jul 2020 - FOREST SCHOOL

        The orangutan orphan recovering from trauma and learning how to enjoy her life again in the ORANGUTAN FOREST SCHOOL

        Bear Luna

        Rescue Bear Luna

        Nov 2016 - Müritz

        One of Europe’s saddest bears rescued

        Dogs in a tiny cage at a slaughterhouse

        Rescue 61 Dogs

        Feb 2021 - Shelter / Private home

        Cambodian government steps up against the horrible dog meat trade and calls FOUR PAWS to help take care of the rescued animals 


        Rescue Dog Lavery

        Feb 2021 - Shelter / Private home

        Cyclones and COVID couldn’t stop this rescue story

        Lion Lenci in FELIDA

        Rescue Lion Lenci

        Oct 2018 - FELIDA

        This lion is a true fighter: his story from 'Europe's worst zoo' to a happy life

        Roe buck Ruffy

        Rescue Roe Fawn Ruffy

        Jun 2019 - TIERART

        An orphaned roe fawn in a meadow who fought to live!

        Orphan Damai arrives at the ORANGUTAN FOREST SCHOOL

        Rescue Orangutan Damai

        May 2020 - FOREST SCHOOL

        Help came just in time!

        Rescued dogs from closed slaughterhouse

        Rescue Lucy and her friends

        Oct 2019 - Shelter / Private home

        Rescued dogs from the the first Cambodian slaughterhouse closure 

        Bears Mi and Tam

        Rescue Bear Cubs Mi and Tam

        Jan 2019 - Ninh Binh

        Two bear cubs saved from illegal wildlife trade in Vietnam

        A Slaughterhouse Shutdown in Cambodia

        Rescue Dogs from Slaughterhouse

        Jul 2020 - Shelter / Private home

        Six of the rescued dogs fly to the US to find a loving home

        Rescue Dog Kovi

        Rescue Dogs Kovi, Kara, Tina

        Apr 2020 - Shelter / Private home

        Three dogs found on deaths door

        Lion Bobby in FELIDA Big Cat Sanctuary

        Rescue Lion Bobby

        Oct 2018 - FELIDA

        Lion Bobby is settled and relaxed at his home in our FELIDA Big Cat Sanctuary 

        Dog Sunface

        Rescue Dog Sunface

        Jun 2015 - Shelter / Private home

        A miracle called Sunface 

        Rescue Dog Archie

        Rescue Dog Archie

        Jan 2020 - Shelter / Private home

        Left howling in pain when struck by a motorbike, dog Archie gets the care he desperately needed

        Rescue Dog Max

        Rescue Dog Max

        Nov 2019 - Shelter / Private home

        An abused dog gets his second chance and a family who loves him

        Dog App receiving treatment

        Rescue Dog App

        Dec 2016 - Shelter / Private home

        An accident has left dog App with a horrifying injury

        Puppy receiving treatment

        Rescue Dog Toffee

        Sep 2019 - Shelter / Private home

        A little puppy found alone, afraid and with a worrisome wound

        Rescue dog Mia - 3 months old

        Rescue Dog Mia

        Apr 2021 - Shelter / Private home

        A sweet and gentle soul – hit by a car and left to die

        Dog Nanna

        Rescue Dog Nanna

        Oct 2021 - Shelter / Private home

        A dark secret in the shadows of Angkor Wat

        Dog Lion & Luke

        Rescue Dogs Luke & Lion

        How we managed to rescue these two sweeties in the very last minute

        Dog Lucky

        Rescue Dog Lucky

        Oct 2019 - Shelter / Private home

        Some dogs are luckier than others


        Rescue Cat Meow

        Nov 2019 - Shelter / Private home

        FOUR PAWS is helping Meow recover and find a safe, loving home

        Dog Bobby

        Rescue Dog Bobby

        Jun 2019 - Shelter / Private home

        Compassion saved Bobby's life, after he was sold to the dog meat trade

        Bear Rocco

        Rescue Bear Rocco

        Jun 2019 - Müritz

        FOUR PAWS rescues bears from a tiny cage in Albania

        Rescue Bear Laska

        Rescue Bear Laska

        Feb 2019 - Domazhyr

        FOUR PAWS rescues Ukrainian baiting bear

        Bears Hoa Lan and Hoa Tra

        Rescue Bears Hoa Lan and Hoa Tra

        Aug 2018 - Ninh Binh

        FOUR PAWS rescues a further pair of abused bears caged for over 12 years

        Bears Long and Trang

        Rescue Bears Long and Trang

        Nov 2018 - Ninh Binh

        Two bears are in safety and one more Vietnamese province has no more bile bear farms

        Bears May and Binh Yen

        Rescue Bears May and Binh Yen

        Apr 2018 - Ninh Binh

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

        Bear Mashutka

        Rescue Bear Mashutka

        Nov 2017 - Domazhyr

        FOUR PAWS rescues Ukrainian fighting bear 

        Bear Manya

        Rescue Bear Manya

        Oct 2017 - Domazhyr

        Ukrainian restaurant bear rescued by FOUR PAWS

        Bear Tyson

        Rescue Bear Tyson

        Oct 2017 - Domazhyr

        One of 'Europe’s saddest bears' gets a new home at BEAR SANCTUARY Domazhyr

        Bear Potap

        Rescue Bear Potap

        Jul 2017 - Domazhyr

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

        Bear Napa

        Rescue Bear Napa

        Jul 2018 - Arosa

        After a long journey the first bear moved in Arosa Bear Sanctuary


        Rescue Starlight Tigers

        Nov 2013 - LIONSROCK

        Starlight Tigers: Circus to Sanctuary

        Rescue Lions Motan and Pisa

        Rescue Lions Motan and Pisa

        Apr 2019 - LIONSROCK

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

        Rescue Tiger Caruso

        Rescue Tiger Caruso

        May 2014 - LIONSROCK

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

        Cat Shuri and her babies

        Rescue Cat Shuri and Babies

        Feb 2019 - Shelter / Private home

        Shuri and her babies were spared a brutal end, avoiding being served as the popular dish 'Little Tiger'


        Rescue Dog Sok

        Jan 2021 - Shelter / Private home