Domazhyr Bear Sanctuary (Ведмежий Притулок Домажир), situated in western Ukraine, provides mistreated bears with a safe and natural home. The sanctuary aims to help bears by rescuing them from cruel captivity such as baiting stations for hunting dogs, moving zoos, circuses, hotels, and restaurants.
Visitors to the sanctuary can take a guiding tour to explore the natural bears' life without disturbing them. The visitors do not feed the bears, because each of them has its own special diet and conditions. This helps to develop their primary instincts for finding food.
However, everyone can bring the food and deliver it to the caretakers at the sanctuary. You can bring: Nuts, Peanuts, Honey, Egg, Sea fish, Zucchini , Pumpkin, Apples, Carrots, Pears, Plums, Tomatoes , Grapes, Oranges , Mandarin, Kiwi, Avocado, Sweet pepper , Brown bread
Separate leisure zone with a small bistro, souvenir shop, children playground and parking is also available for our visitors.
Volunteers are always welcome!
From time to time the sanctuary organizes special volunteer events where everyone can help to improve the sanctuary and the area as well.
Follow the sanctuary's Facebook or contact them directly to find out about the next volunteering event.
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The sanctuary, supported by the "Four Paws" foundation, provides the bears with conditions close to natural in order to hold the rehabilitation and restoration of the origin balance.
The sanctuary contains large forest enclosures (1,5 hectares each) and smaller enclosures for quarantine and adaptation (1000 sq. m. each). There are special enrichment toys in every enclosure. Each bear has their own special diet.The bears are provided veterinary care and the staff undergo special training.
Moreover, Bear Sanctuary Domazhyr strives to become not only a new home for abused bears but also a powerful educational center.
In the nearest future the sanctuary will be able to host up to 30 bears. At the moment there are 6 rescue bears living in the sanctuary:
"The Four Paws foundation has consistently and successfully focused on one goal: to help animals who have been abused for entertainment, economic, scientific or other reasons.We view ourselves as the advocate and champion of those who have no voice of their own, namely animals. The common foundation for this is the respect for all forms of life and the deep conviction that every organism has a right to be treated with consideration and to live a life with dignity that complies with its needs. Animals are sentient creatures and therefore subjectively perceive the world; we as humans bear responsibility for them. For us, the goals of animal protection, human safety and nature conservation are inseparably linked. We therefore feel a solidarity with all those who use peaceful and legal means to achieve a respectful coexistence with one another and with the environment. We as an animal protection organization seek to contribute our share to achieving this goal."
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