We have recently responded to a call for help…all the way from Liberia. Liberia is a very poor country in western Africa, with many problems that don’t involve animals, or their welfare. The problems with animals, however, are there. People have pets and don’t know how to care for them, keeping them tied up for… Continue reading Liberia in Need
Yet another tragic senseless death in the captive marine mammals industry in Russia. A young female bottle-nose dolphin Delpha just died in Anapa Dolphinarium in the Big Utrish after being seized from previous abusive owners. Before being brought to the Anapa Dolphinarium, dolphins Delfa and Zeus were kept in squalid conditions in an abandoned cattle farm… Continue reading Zeus and Delpha’s odyssey
This morning, our telephone rang. It was Eduard, the director of Utyos, calling us with some news: the bear cubs at their facility are not eight anymore, they are ten! Two more cubs were brought to the sanctuary in the last few weeks: one of them was found sleeping, alone and emaciated, in a farmer’s barn, probably… Continue reading Finally!
After a whole weekend of spending time and energy with family and friends, why not take advantage of Giving Tuesday to remember the animals of Big Hearts Foundation? Every single cent you donate will go to building a new enclosure for the animals in Utyos, for helping desperate strays in many villages and towns around… Continue reading Don’t forget about me!
Today is Thanksgiving, and although the celebration is not traditionally Russian, we thought we’d take the chance to sit down and think of what we are thankful for. Big Hearts Foundation is thankful for: all the supporters who keep following and sharing our work, who give us a huge help in raising awareness about… Continue reading Happy Thanksgiving!
When Crystal, a five-month old Siberian tiger cub, was dragged onto the stage for the grand opening of the Tigre de Cristal Casino, she couldn’t hear the thundering music, or the flashing lights, or the immense crowds of people. She couldn’t smell the sweat or the alcohol or the filth. She could barely walk, and probably… Continue reading Drugged and Abused
We Did It! Thanks to all of you we managed to Save Totem Animals! With your help we were able to raise enough funds (3200 pounds) to build new spacious and more suitable enclosures with plenty of enrichment for Manya the bear, Atos the mountain lion and Agat the leopard (on the picture), three largest residents… Continue reading Good News from Totem!
It’s dark. I open my eyes, but the darkness is so thick I can’t even see my nose. I can feel though – I feel something hard and cold on my left; I can feel that my legs are tied together; I can feel my jaws clamped shut. By something sticky. I try to open… Continue reading Bear Baiting
Three weeks ago, an unthinkable tragedy struck the animal rehabilitation centre Totem in Tomsk, Russia. After years of sleepless nights, stress and struggle to raise enough funds to run the centre, that cares for over 250 wild animals, at the young age of 37 its founder, Maria Vtorushina, suddenly died after suffering a severe stroke.… Continue reading A tragedy stricken animal rehabilitation centre Totem in Russia is fighting to survive