Urgent Bear Rescues
Bears across Armenia that are being held captive are being abandoned and at risk of starving to death. We are urgently appealing for your help to rescue as many of these bears as possible, as quickly as possible. We have been working incredibly hard with our partners at FPWC to create a plan of action and we are pleased to report that the rescues have started and building work to prepare the sanctuary is currently underway.
But we have been inundated with messages from restaurant owners and we believe that there are likely to be at least 40 more bears currently being held in disgusting conditions. Our rescue centre is currently at full capacity but we know that we cannot leave these poor bears to suffer alone. Thanks to your incredible support so far, we have already brought three beautiful bears to the safety of the sanctuary, after years of being used as a tourist attraction at a restaurant. We have also been able to provide funding for the purchase of five acres of land in order to expand the centre and make room to rescue more bears. But there is still so much more to be done.
Before any more bears can be rescued, we need to make space for them. The team are working around the clock to build enclosures and make preparations to bring as many bears as we possibly can to safety – but this mercy mission will be hugely costly.