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International Animal Rescue Saving animals from suffering around the world

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.


could provide the bears with a healthy meal once they reach our rescue centre


could pay for the emergency medical care these bears desperately need after so many years in captivity


could go towards the much needed expansion of the sanctuary

£10/$10/€10 a month

could go towards the costly transportation bill after every rescue

£15/$15/€15 a month

could help us pay the expert vets who attend every rescue

£30/$30/€30 a month

could pay for the ongoing treatment and care these bears desperately need

In the event that we are successful in achieving our target for a specific appeal or rescue project, any excess funds from your kind donation will be used by International Animal Rescue to help other animals in similar need.


Rescues in the pandemic...

One year on after launching our petition, we're delighted to share the incredible news that we have conducted an emergency rescue of a 20-year-old female and her two grown male cubs from Ashtaraki Dzor Restaurant. The bears had been kept imprisoned behind bars living out their entire lives in the small, squalid cages seen below. They suffered years of torment for the gratification of visiting tourists, but as the unprecedented global pandemic forced the restaurant to close its doors, the owners finally surrendered the bears into our care.

We believe there are likely to be at least 40 more bears in need of urgent rescue and we have already been inundated with requests from restaurant owners, wanting to surrender their captive bears. Our rescue centre is close to capacity, so we are now working quickly to expand the facilities - but we can't do this without your help!

Please make a donation today and lets rescue as many bears as we can!