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Four Paws International Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: FOUR PAWS is an international animal welfare organization that has, for more than two decades, consistently and successfully focused on one goal: to help animals who have been abused for entertainment, economic, scientific or other reasons. FOUR PAWS strives for improvements in animal welfare through sustainable campaigns, our sanctuaries and projects around the world.

Results: FOUR PAWS International is an animal protection charity founded in 1988 in Austria in response to the cruelty of fur farms and industrial egg production. During the organization’s early years, FOUR PAWS was successful in closing down numerous fur farms, stopping two airlines transporting wild birds and generating awareness about the suffering of bears at tourist attractions.Within a decade, it was clear that European laws and directives have major impact on animal welfare across Europe and efforts began to expand. Currently, FOUR PAWS has offices in 13 countries including Austria, Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, Netherlands, Romania, Switzerland, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States and Vietnam. Additionally, FOUR PAWS runs 5 bear sanctuaries across Europe; an orphan academy for baby orangutans in Borneo, Indonesia; a Stray Animal Care (SAC) unit provided spay/neutering and medical services; LIONSROCK in South Africa (one of the largest big cat sanctuaries in the world); and a Disaster Relief team and many other projects, campaigns and partnerships. The FOUR PAWS Big Cat Sanctuary LIONSROCK in South Africa provides permanent care to over 100 rescued big cats. Construction of much needed new enclosures has continued at the Felida Big Cat Centre in Netherlands from where we have begun transporting animals to LIONSROCK as their permanent home. Most recently, animals rescued from war- torn zoos in Aleppo and Gaza were brought to this animal refuge. Save the Saddest Bears. For many years, FOUR PAWS has been on the forefront in improving the way wild animals in Europe are kept. An important part of this goal is the legal ban of private ownership of bears which now has been implemented by many countries. Around the globe, bears are often kept in substandard conditions and enforcement of wildlife ownership laws are often lacking. FOUR PAWS owns and manages 5 bear sanctuaries across Europe located in Austria, Kosovo, Switzerland, Bulgaria, and Germany and 1 sanctuary in Vietnam housing 83 bears and offer natural environments and specialized care to offer confiscated, rescued and surrendered bears. Bears in Asia. The bear bile industry is a growing black market. Illegally captured bears in Asia are kept for bile extraction, a terrifying and painful process that includes piercing a bear's abdomen wall and gallbladder. FOUR PAWS has launched a project to save bile bears in Vietnam. It is estimated that 1,800 to 1,900 bears are still living in appallingly cruel conditions. We are providing on-the-ground support for rescued bears and developing a comprehensive strategy to rescue the last of the Vietnamese bile bears. To aide these missions, FOUR PAWS partners with the Vietnamese government and is in the process of creating a sanctuary for 100 rescued bears. Most recently, we opened a bile bear sanctuary in Ninh Binh to provide life- long homes for former bile bears. The park is now home to several former bile bears.

Target demographics: animals who have been abused for entertainment, economic, scientific or other reasons

Geographic areas served: Boston is one of our 12 countries where we have offices including Austria, Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, South Africa, United Kingdom, and Vietnam.

Programs: Improvements in animal welfare through sustainable campaigns and projects. Our work is based on substantiated research and scientific expertise backed by intensive national and international lobbying efforts. We focus on animals that are directly under human influence: farm, wild and companion animals but also specifically bears, big cats, horses, primates and stray dogs and cats. FOUR PAWS aims to help animals in need directly and quickly through our work described above, through our sanctuaries and partner project and from our disaster relief unit.

Community Stories

41 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

FOUR PAWS is the most hands on international rescue organisation.I admire how they manage to get animals out of war zones and do rescue after natural disasters. they have my full support.

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Claire02554 Wow, thank you so much for your glowing review of our work and for making this happen! Donors such as yourself truly make these rescues take off. We quite literally could not do what we do without you! So thank YOU for your support!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This origination continues to do great work educating the public and advocating for the welfare of animals across the globe.

Donor

Rating: 5

Thank you for your tireless efforts around the globe to aid animals, whether rescuing them from war zones or campaigning against cruelty. I read your stories and listen to your podcasts, and I always know the Four Paws team is putting my donations to good use. What you do is so important!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Four Paws International is doing amazing work across the globe, helping those who cannot help themselves. Few non-profits have the global reach and depth of Four Paws, and without them, so many precious creatures would suffer. Please support them so they can continue their good work.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This animal welfare organization is in a class of its own! They rescue animals and implement programs in parts of the world where the need is the greatest and the most number of animals benefit from their work.

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Claire02554 05/31/2019

Thank you so much! This means a great deal to us.

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Rating: 5

Animals around the world are given a second chance thanks to FOUR PAWS. They go where no other groups will go. Without Four paws, animals wouldn't have the opportunity to know what life would be like, free of suffering. As a human, their efforts give me hope for humanity and that our species will evolve to be better to all species of life.

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Claire02554 05/31/2019

Thank you for the glowing review! (We love your handle too!). We are so fortunate we can help bring back more of that hope you speak of. Thank you for your kind words and encouragement!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

FOUR PAWS does a great job with informing the public about animal welfare issues, rescuing animals that do not have a voice, and combating problems AROUND THE WORLD! Three huge things! The unjust treatment of animals is not limited to any specific part of the globe and is not limited to any specific type of animal; I admire that FOUR PAWS has such a widespread impact. It's fantastic that an organization cares so deeply in the just treatment of animals and works toward expanding their outreach to different causes and getting involved in different campaigns every day, while sustaining the projects and work they are already doing. Thanks for making a difference in our world and for caring for animals!

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Claire02554 05/31/2019

Thank you! What inspiring feedback to hear. We indeed have our hands in many projects for many different species around the world! Enough to make your head spin. But certainly a testiment to the dedication of the staff that work here.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Congratulations to Four Paws on the "worlds worst zoo" Gaza animal relocation success! Fantastic work! The animals thank you! And thank you for keeping up your excellent work on behalf of animals!

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Claire02554 05/31/2019

Yes! This was such an accomplishment for us. These animals were suffering for too long. Thank you for following our rescue stories and for your encouraging review of our work!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Congratulations to Four Paws on the "world's worst zoo" Gaza animal relocation success! Fantastic work! The animals thank you!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

An inspirational organization, with the most amazing writers. Thank you for all that you do.

Donor

Rating: 5

I donate because I love their rescue stories! Watching the rescue videos on facebook makes me so happy to see my dollars hard at work.

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Claire02554 05/31/2019

Thank YOU for being a part of the magic. We truly couldn't make this happen without our donors. Thank you for sticking with us and putting your hard-earned $ to good use as we stand up for animals around the world! We appreciate you!

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Donor

Rating: 5

This global team puts their lives on the line to save animals in desperate situations. As a donor, I love feeling connected to each animal. Four Paws does a great job of keeping me in-the-loop and showing me how my donation makes a difference!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Such an inspirational organization and great cause! I love and appreciate all of the amazing things you guys do on a daily basis for these animals in need.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Such an inspirational organization and a great cause! I love all of the amazing things they are doing daily for these animals in need.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I came across this fantastic organization a couple months ago and was instantly amazed with some of the success stories they had posted in recent months. They are the voice that these neglected animals need and without them, the number of these terrible situation would continue to grow. They are providing awareness to this issues that otherwise would go unnoticed by the general public. I will continue to support this organization and everything that it represents.

Donor

Rating: 5

I discovered this group through The Dodo daily online newsletter (which I also love) and am so grateful for their wonderful work. I can hardly bear to read some of these stories, but by sending just a small monthly contribution to Four Paws, I can help at least a little to support this critical cause.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I follow Four Paws on various Social Media platforms and all the stories warm my heart. It's great to see such selfless people working together for a good cause. Keep up the good work, Four Paws!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Everyone at Four Paws works with such passion and dedication. Fighting day in and day out to save our animals! The animals in this world need us and Four Paws is giving them a voice!

Donor

Rating: 5

Truly moved by the rescue and relief efforts to save and relocate Riku the bear. Started actively donating to animal rescue efforts including VetRanch.org (not a 501c3) and Four Paws International Inc. It is our responsibility to make sure animals are treated with compassion and get to live their lives with dignity.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Four Paws is a wonderful organization. They have and continue to help so many animals. I wouldn't hesitate to donate to them again.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Four Paws International is an absolutely amazing organization. They recently rescued three bears Hai Chan, Thai Van and Thai Giang in Vietnam. One of the bears Hai Chan had been used as a bile bear for 10 years. I would highly recommend supporting this charity.

Donor

Rating: 5

Four Paws does amazing work! I am always amazed by their dedication and determination to better all animals lives. Keep doing what you are doing Four Paws!

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Claire02554 06/29/2018

Hi Samra, Thank you so much for your kind review and your thoughtful words of support. We could not accomplish what we do without the engagement of our donors like yourself! Thank you for being a champion for animals!

Donor

Rating: 5

Four Paws is a focused, inspiring charity that exists solely to bring comfort and freedom to suffering animals worldwide. They are active in sharing the stories of the animals they help and current initiatives so you can see how your donation is helping their efforts. I love supporting this charity.