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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

68 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!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

love reading of the great work this non profit does. true angels in a world sadly full of horrible animal abusers. keep up the great work Four Paws!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Four Paws International is a wonderful nonprofit organization dedicated to genuinely saving animals across the world. I have donated to this outstanding animal rescue team and they are wonderful and kind to the sweet and helpless, beautiful animals that need desperately to be returned to good health, nutritious food and a beautiful and safe environment in which to thrive and be cared for. They are the best! I will continue to donate and help this fine organization as they care for these precious animals.

3 Jessica T.8

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am amazed by the work of the Four Paws organization. Their ability and determination to help animals is wonderful. They do it with care and compassion and provide animals that are in desperate need for help a better life. The before and after ( they are saved by Four Paws) pictures of these animals attest to it!

3 Julie W.17

Donor

Rating: 5

I first heard of Four Paws when we were living in Kosovo. Bears were being kept in small cages at restaurants around the area to draw in customers. Four Paws worked to rescue these "restaurant bears" and built the Bear Sanctuary Prishtina to house them in a species-appropriate environment. The sanctuary also serves as an educational resource to encourage people to respect and appreciate bears and other wildlife.
Four Paws works to rescue animals from terrible situations around the world. I particularly enjoy hearing about their recent efforts and successes in ending the dog meat trade.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a veterinary professional of 40 years, I have worked with animal rescue groups. While I have not had the honor of working with Four Paws, I have followed their work for years. They have been consistently well organized, focused and effective.

3 Nupur P.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The first I learnt of this organization in 2017 when one of my friends forwarded a story about big cat rescue in war torn Syria. It was impressive. More impressive was their transparency and easy communication style. Prompt, genuine, honest. Then we all heard about starving lions in Sudan, how the Four Paws team took care of them. Just recently, Four Paws rescued an elephant from a Pakistani zoo where they did not have the funding or the knowledge to care for him. It was a remarkable effort, humanity, and dedication to help those who can not speak for themselves.
A few days ago I reached out to Four Paws seeking their assistance in the evacuation effort of a woman run dog/cat rescue operation out of Afghanistan. While they were unable to help at the time, they were prompt and reassuring in their response.
They are a fantastic organization. I wish there were more people like them on this planet.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

Four Paws saves dogs from dog meat trade in Indonesia, it also saves other animals all over the world from cruel fate. Great organization and great cause.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

This agency is full of absolute heroes. They work tirelessly and selflessly to do the work no one else cares to do. They are truly a force against evil and have impacted the lives of hundreds if not thousands of innocent animals that cannot help for or speak for themselves. They have my fullest support and trust and I could not recommend them more highly.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I was unaware of four paws until Kaavan made news. Since then I have seen their amazing work in war torn areas, animal trade, rescues from a variety of situations. In each case they are professional, innovative, non political. And get the animals out to safety and restore health!! They get my support and my hard earned dollars. They are simply knowledgeable miracle workers.

1 Robin D.4

Donor

Rating: 5

Four Paws International does hugely important work to help all kinds of wild animals all over the world. Their ability to help animals while also taking a stand against serious animal cruelty is fantastic!

Whether they are helping close down the barbaric dog meat factories in Cambodia or the cruel bear bile-harvesting facilities in Vietnam or shutting down the mink fur harvesting in Denmark and the Netherlands - this nonprofit makes a huge difference in improving the lives of all types of animals internationally.

Bravo Four Paws and thank you for your brave, important, and humane work!

1 littleredrose

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I follow this absolutely amazing organization on Twitter and Instagram and think they are angels on earth. They help so many animals out of deplorable and cruel environments. They never give up and care so deeply about their causes. Saving animals and rehabilitating them or taking them to sanctuaries requires a massive effort and they do it beautifully! God bless Four Paws for their crucial and magnificent work saving so many animals from literal hell on earth! Bravo to everyone at Four Paws! Animals are not ours and deserve love and respect!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A long time ago 2003 - 05 I worked in Azerbaijan living in a town called Mingachevir alongside the river there was a small gage, and in the cage was a small brown bear. I don't know if Four Paws was around back then I know I had not heard of them. For many years after leaving Azerbaijan I often thought about that bear, makes me feel so sad to think of the bear in that cage even now after all these years. Why I am I writing this? I think it is to say thank you to Four Paws and I sincerely hope you do exactly what you claim, and if you have any reps in Azerbaijan ask them to check out Mingachevir and the small cage near the bridge over the river. If you're reading this please view this as a genuine review and consider donating to a worthwhile cause.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Well done love what you're doing ! Great job ! Best charity =)

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Donor

Rating: 5

Four Paws do the most amazing work in combating human cruelty all over the world. Well worth donating to and I am going to leave them something in my will. Keep up the good work. I just wish more people were so caring.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am grateful for Four Paws International. It fills a vital role in the animal protection and rescue community. Without them, uncountable animals would suffer unspeakable fates. There's never enough we can do ... but we can try ... and FPI is a critical link in that chain. Thank you all!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Four Paws has my utmost respect and admiration. Their compassion for animals , their desire to give them a voice, is commendable. If you are looking to support animals, be their voice, this is the organization to support. I highly recommend Four Paws and do so with pride. Thank you for reading!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This non-profit is the real deal! They help animals all over the world! Four Paws rescues animals from horrific zoos (bears, tigers, and lions who are near death) and transfers them to sanctuaries. They rescue orangutans from cruel captivity throughout Asia and rehabilitate them and release back into the wild. Four Paws is also opening an elephant sanctuary in Asia to help both captive and wild elephants. This organization is actually on-the-ground rescuing and saving animals every day!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I would love to be able to get out there and help but I cannot. I am disabled. Reading about and seeing how much good they do for animals. Even in the worst of circumstances Four Paws is out there trying to save every animal they can. And now with the pandemic, every country is having trouble feeding their animals so Four Paws is there. Right now elephants in Thailand are in trouble so Four Paws is there but they need donations urgently. They are also trying to stop the dog and cat meat trade.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I receive emails from FourPaws International and also follow their account on Twitter. When I read their articles and stories they provide, it makes me feel closer to animals in need and it amazes me what FourPaws is willing and able to do. Thank you.

Michaela H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

One of the few good organizations one can trust to actually do good for the helpless creatures out there!!!

1 Emma G.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Four paws is an excellent non profit who cares for animals the world over.

Juliet P.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Four Paws International has done amazing work rescuing bears from the bear bile trade in Asia in addition to providing aid to other animals, displaced and abused.

1 jaxjb

Donor

Rating: 5

I love the work that they do and that they go to places many others wouldn't be able to. I appreciate their work and love their commitment to animals.

2 crrr

Donor

Rating: 5

I read about cruelty to animals every day, and it breaks my heart. When I learned about captive animals trapped or abandoned in zoos in war-torn countries who were starving and traumatized, I felt helpless and troubled, but Four Paws was there to rescue the animals, in many similar situations. This is hopeful and a relief, in this evil world, that there are people laying their lives on the line for innocent animals such as lions, bears, monkeys, birds. Thank you Four Paws!

1 mshabbott3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

An incredible organization that only cares about wildlife.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Four Paws is always on the front lines helping all animals!!! The work they do is SO vital. And I love the updates on their missions. I love their stories and every time they save an animal, it brings tears to my eyes!!!! I always sign every petition they ask if me!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

this amazing organization does SO MUCH to help animals in need all over the world. I sign all the petitions they present. Bless them for all the compassionate work they do.

2

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.

2

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.

2

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.

2 Bethechange0312

Professional with expertise in this field

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!

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

2

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.

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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!

Becky S.2

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.

2

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.

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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!

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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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is one the few non profits I give to they really help out the animals plight and concerns worldwide

1

Donor

Rating: 5

This is one of the few nonprofits animal rights I donate to ive heard they really work and put everything into helping them will continue to support yearly

1

Donor

Rating: 5

The work this organization does for animals all over the world, including dangerous war zones, is like no other. They have amazing stories of saving animals in need while putting their lives in danger. I am a donor and highly highly recommend them for donations. It is an organization that has done so much good for all animals in need.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have never heard of Four Paws until I read the article in National Geographic about Khalil and Four Paws efforts in Aleppo....the strength and dedication described in that article is truly inspirational. I can only hope that a donation makes a little difference.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I found them via snapchat, where I read about their work to help the abandoned zoo animals in Aleppo. Everything they do is incredible.

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Donor

Rating: 5

So far all the reviews are excellent on four paws incentives to care for the animals all my concerns are that the animals are treated well respectable and cared for if 4 paws is doing this I will continue to support them

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Wonderful animal charity that does great work around the world and they are 100% funded by donations only. I get stories of their great work as I subscribe to Green Monster and The Dodo and see videos and read stories of all the ways they help all sorts of animals in so many parts of the world. A++++++++

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I believe very strongly in the cause Four Paws is fighting for! We have a duty to other species we share this planet with to protect and care for them. Although I don't have a relatable experience i can recall, i know its a world-class organization!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization is truly amazing. The work they are doing around the world for animals in need is not only amazing, it is essential. I am so happy to support such a wonderful cause!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am so impressed with the work that this organization does around the world. There are so many animal welfare charities to choose from, and it's hard to know which ones really do what their mission statement says they do. I truly believe Four Paws International is one of the very best and I'm confident that the donations I make to them are being used to help animals in need. Thank You Four Paws. You're making a real difference. Keep up the good work!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love the Four Paws mission. I think what they are doing is brave and should be featured on 60 Minuets. And if you don't do it already, follow them on snapchat. Their "stories" always make me smile.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

FOUR PAWS is an amazing organization that does incredible work around the world. The only thing more incredible than the work they do, is the people that work for this organization. Their hard work and dedication to the animal welfare community is unlike anything I've ever seen.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

FOUR PAWS does incredible, lasting and solution based work! As someone who has had experience in and around many nonprofits and the animal welfare community, the resourcefulness, caring and effectiveness of FOUR PAWS cannot be matched. For any animal lover, this organization is a must-watch for the latest news, issues, rescues and stories from the animal front!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Great organization that advocates for animals around the world, while also providing rescue and rehabilitation in their many sanctuaries that provide some of the best animal care in the world. They take their work seriously and I'm proud to be a supporter knowing my money is truly going towards helping animals in need.

1 Nancy266

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love hearing and seeing the pictures of animals being rescued and saved either though articles or on Facebook. I understand that most of the work is being accomplished in Europe, but I am thankful that I can be a part of it in America. I look forward to seeing more work with animals being accomplished in the USA - thanks for letting us be a part of Four Paws' work to help animals! It is a wonderful cause that I am pleased to donate to.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am very impressed with all the work FOUR PAWS does. They work all over the world and carry out amazing rescues of wild animals.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thank-you thank-you thank-you,

To this wonderfully, fabulous organization taking on this noble and daunting challenge of providing food, medical care and a safe living environment away from the abuse and neglect they have known from nasty, ignorant human beings.

Thanks again Four Paws for the care you provide to these precious Felines on a daily bases.
Wendy Hengen