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The groundbreaking ceremony for our BEAR SANCTUARY in Domazhyr.
© FOUR PAWS | 2016

Near to the Ukrainian city of Lviv, FOUR PAWS is building a new BEAR SANCTUARY that will be able to shelter up to 30 bears who have suffered terribly. The construction began with the laying of the first foundation stone on May 19th last year. The first phase of the construction of BEAR SANCTUARY Domazhyr, which encompasses 7.7 hectares, is due to finish as soon as Autumn 2017. Up to 6 bears formerly exploited in restaurants and bear baiting will find themselves in approximately 3 hectares of outdoor space similar to their natural habitat.

BEAR SANCTUARY Domazhyr is an important step for FOUR PAWS in the Ukraine towards a permanent end to the captivity of bears used in bear baiting and to further improve living conditions for bears there. As a result of our initiatives, a new animal protection law was passed in Ukraine in 2015. Since then, bears and wolves are no longer allowed to be hunted by dogs and bear baiting was made illegal was was the operation of bear baiting camps. Despite this however, bears are still being illegally exploited in bear baiting. FOUR PAWS, together with the Ukrainian authorities, aims to finally put an end to this gruesome practice with the accommodation of the remaining bears, which are still being exploited, in BEAR SANCTUARY Domazhyr.

The construction of the 3-hectare outdoor enclosure – the first phase should be completed as soon as the middle of 2017.
© FOUR PAWS | 2016

Once all the construction work is finished, the site will span across 20 hectares of space as similar to the bears’ natural habitat as possible. Up to 30 bears will then be able to recover from their traumatic past lives.