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This appeal is an example of a real-life FOUR PAWS rescue mission. FOUR PAWS reserves the right to allocate gifts to the area of greatest need.

A new home for rescued bile bears

October 2022: We have a window of opportunity to rescue lonely Soi. For the last 17 years he has suffered in a cage smaller than the size of an average car.

Please help us to secure the funds for his rescue. It is your gift that can make Soi feel the grass under his paws for the very first time in his life. Can Soi count on you? 


Even though the production of bear bile and the trade of bear products is forbidden by law in Vietnam, bear farming and illegal bile extraction still exist.

The Vietnamese government has taken firm legislative steps to end bear farming in Vietnam, however, there are still approximately 385 so-called “bile bears” – mainly Asiatic black bears (Ursus thibetanus) – living in poor conditions on around 124 bear farms (as of March 2020). These animals suffer in tiny metal cages, spending their days in a vegetated state, half-starved and dehydrated.

With the newly built BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh, FOUR PAWS aims to significantly contribute to ending bear farming in Vietnam. The sanctuary allows the government greater enforcement of existing laws prohibiting the abuse of bears for bile extraction, by providing a place for any confiscated, or voluntarily handed over bears to be taken in and cared for appropriately.

The sanctuary offers a safe and appropriate accommodation for up to 44 bears. Currently, the sanctuary is under enlargement and will soon have more space.

Furthermore, the sanctuary facilitates:

  • A natural habitat for the bears to recover from their cruel and unjust living conditions
  • Quarantine station which looks after the new arrivals
  • Veterinary station to take care of the vulnerable bears
  • Bear catering facility to feed the malnourished bears.

In accordance with the Vietnamese authorities, the sanctuary houses and takes care of confiscated and voluntarily handed over bears.

Through this project, we strive to rescue many more bears in need of our help. Your donation will go a long way in ensuring a new, abuse-free life for bears in Vietnam.