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Sponsor a lion like Bobby

Bobby after rescue

Rescued from Europe’s worst zoo

For years Bobby was locked up in a small cage with a concrete floor in Europe’s ‘worst zoo’ in Fier, Albania. With no protection from the elements, no medical or species appropriate care - he lived a hopeless existence.

Bobby got a new lease of life

Because of the environment Bobby was kept in when we found him, he initially suffered from an infected wound, infested with maggots. Whilst we were able to treat his surface wounds effectively, sadly he suffered from kidney issues which required ongoing intensive care and medication.

Bobby’s start in life was not a life he deserved. However, after moving to FELIDA Big Cat Sanctuary, we witnessed this magnificent lion enjoy life to the fullest. Bobby's favorite hobby was lounging and relaxing. After his morning routine - during which he explored his enclosure, marked his territory, and joined in the “lion choir” - he would jump into his hammock, where he preferred to spend the entire day.

We'd like to say a special thank you to our wonderful supporters who sponsored Bobby, with your help we were able to make a real difference in his life. We will miss him greatly, and we know that you will too. 

Will you sponsor a lion?

Bobby is one of the 220 big cats we have rescued. In our Sanctuaries, animals leave cracking whips, barren concrete floors and torturous boredom behind, experiencing dignified and species-appropriate conditions for the rest of their lives. 

As a big cat sponsor, you will receive behind-the-scenes access to life at FELIDA Big Cat Sanctuary from the lion’s caretakers themselves. 

  • £5 a month could feed a rescued lion for a day.
  • £10 a month could help to medically treat and continuously care for animals in captivity and transfer them to our sanctuaries around the world.
  • £20 a month could provide lion cubs with special milk formula for a week.
  • A generous monthly gift of £50 could help to fund the full care of an orphaned baby cub in one of our sanctuaries for a month.

Your gift could help to rescue neglected lions.

Regular gifts are vital to allow us to act quickly and carry out our life-saving work at a moment’s notice.

Select an amount for your monthly gift

With gift aid, your monthly gift of £1 could be worth £1.25 at no extra cost to you.

I understand you will reclaim the tax I've paid on this donation, any I've made in the past four years and any I may make in the future. To qualify for Gift Aid, I must pay as much UK income and/or captial gains tax as FOUR PAWS UK and the other organisaitons I support claims on my behalf in each tax year. This is currently 25p on every £1 that I donate. If I pay less tax, I'm responsible for paying the difference. Gift Aid will help fund FOUR PAWS' general work. I can cancel this declaration at any time.

DISCLAIMER: Your sponsorship makes a difference! It not only contributes to the care of the big cats in our Sanctuaries but also helps protect big cats in need all around the world. We are working hard to end the suffering of big cats kept in tiny barren cages and the cruel practice of canned hunting. Your support does even more than that – it helps to protect all animals in need and brings us one step closer to a world where people treat animals with empathy, respect and understanding. Donations are used where needed most.
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