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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 13 countries where we have offices including Austria, Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, Netherlands, Romania, 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

32 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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

6 Ashley152

Donor

Rating: 5

I first heard about Four Paws International Inc. when I was notified of a Change.org petition to help zoo animals stranded in the Gaza Zoo (and others), that have been completely forgotten and are starving due to the military strife and fighting that has been going on there for many months and even years. I have donated to this organization and stay up-to-date on their mission: helpful all animals around the country and the world who have been abused for entertainment, scientific, and other horrendous purposes. I cannot say enough good things about this organization, and what they are doing for helpless animals around the world. Keep doing what you're doing, Four Paws, and hopefully we will all help you as much as we can!

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Claire02554 03/21/2016

Thank you Ashley152, for your kind words and for being a champion for animals! We appreciate supporters like you! Simply put, we cannot do what we do without you. As an organization that is 100% funded by donations, we know the value and impact of each dollar that comes in. Each one of our donors, large and small, are with us when saving animals from warn-torn regions such as Gaza, to substandard zoos and disasters around the world. Thank you again for your kind review and for the continued support! -The FOUR PAWS team