the saddest bears need our help

Bears are still kept in appalling conditions. Their owners often use them for profit. Whether for bile extraction, training hunting dogs or as tourist attractions – hundreds of bears are exploited and tortured to make money.

our Mission

Our goal is to end the suffering of bears kept in conditions not suited to their species, worldwide. Find out more about the abuse of bears and the work of FOUR PAWS for these animals in Vietnam, Albania and Ukraine.

#SaddestBears in Vietnam

bear farms in vietnam

Bears are kept and abused for bile extraction

#SaddestBears in Southeast Europe

caged bears in Southeast Europe

Many bears are suffering in bad conditions in captivity 

#SaddestBears in Ukraine

hunting target in ukraine

Bears are held and tormented for training hunting dogs



Updates, press releases and background information

17 years in a dark, windowless basement

17 years in a dark, windowless basement

FOUR PAWS rescues two former bile bears in Vietnam

Bear Jambolina arrives at Arosa Bear Sanctuary

From the bleak Ukrainian circus to the snowy Swiss Alps

From the bleak Ukrainian circus to the snowy mountains; 'Loneliest bear in the world' will also get introduced to bear friends

Rare golden Asiatic black bear among seven rescued bile bears in Vietnam

Rare golden Asiatic black bear among seven rescued bile bears in Vietnam

FOUR PAWS provides forever home for long-suffering bears at BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh 

Transfer of bear Teddy

After years of suffering, bear Teddy gets the life he deserves in Bulgaria

FOUR PAWS rescues brown bear in North Macedonia and transfers him to DANCING BEARS PARK Belitsa

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7 bile bears rescued

Rescue of 7 Bile Bears

Asiatic black bears La, Lam, Sang, Dua, Khe, Oi and Xoai begin their new lives at BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh 

Asiatic black bear Thu

Rescue Thu

With 15 years of suffering behind her, the Asiatic black bear begins her new life

Rescue Frol and Frosia

Rescue Frol and Frosia

Born for entertainment, these two restaurant bears knew nothing else – now they begin a new life! 

Rescue Leo and Melanka

Rescue Leo and Melanka

Both bears rescued after 14 long years in a barren cage

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