Not now. Not after all the trauma and abuse they endured.
At the Libearty Bear Sanctuary in Romania, 106 bears were finally enjoying a happier life.
Many had been kept as ‘attractions’, living in appalling conditions and fed inadequate diets. Some would have been killed as “pest bears”, had they not been rescued.
For the first time in their life, they were free to roam through a safe haven, a massive 69-hectare forest sanctuary, and they were being cared for properly.
But the global COVID-19 pandemic has put all this in jeopardy.
The Sanctuary was forced to close its doors to visitors in March, resulting in a huge drop in income. It’s recently re-opened on 2nd June but at a very reduced visitor capacity.
The loss of entrance fee and souvenir purchase income results in a dire lack of money to feed the bears, to provide veterinary care and pay staff to maintain the upkeep of the Sanctuary.
Bears require about 10kg of food per day. They need a mixture of fresh fruits, vegetables, and meat or fish. So the sanctuary needs to buy up to two tonnes of food each day to feed the bears.
Staff also used to source left-over food from supermarkets and restaurants. But with restaurants closed and supermarket shelves often left bare, they can no longer rely on these donations.
Can you help feed Dasha, Katia and all the other bears from the sanctuary?
$7.50 could feed one bear for a day at the Libearty Bear Sanctuary
$26 could pay the Sanctuary’s veterinary costs for a week
$75 could feed ten bears for a day
(Header image credit: George Popescu)
Where your money goes
World Animal Protection has been protecting animals for over 50 years and we passionately believe that animals matter. With your support, we’ll go where animal suffering is most far reaching and animal cruelty is most severe.
In 2017, 84% of funds raised went towards protecting animals in our four areas of work. We strive to ensure your vital donations make the largest impact for animals and help achieve lasting change.
* These figures are in local currency and taken from the Australia 2017 audited accounts.
- Programs = 84%
- Fundraising = 13%
- Admin = 3%