About the program
How does the Sponsor a Bear program work?
For just $45$47£23€35$352 per month – less than $1.50$1.50£1€1.50$10 a day – you can sponsor one of our rescued bears and help provide ongoing care: vet and medical treatment, shelter in our secure and semi-natural bear enclosures, and healthy food and enrichment.
Your monthly sponsorship contributions provide invaluable support, helping us ensure that we can care for these bears for the rest of their lives and that they can leave their horrific pasts behind them.
Contributing monthly is the most cost-effective way to support us and acts as a lifeline for Asia’s animals. It means that more of your donation each month can go directly to helping the bears.
Do my monthly contributions only benefit the bear I have chosen to sponsor?
To make sure that all of our deserving bears benefit equally from your generosity, the contributions you send are combined with those from other bear sponsors and used to pay for medical care, food and enrichment such as toys and healthy snacks and maintaining the bear housing and enclosures. The funds also support our captive animal welfare and cat and dog programs – thereby helping Animals Asia work towards an end to all animal suffering in Asia.
What are the benefits of becoming a sponsor?
As a sponsor, you can be safe in the knowledge that your support directly helps our rescued bears and other animals who need it most.
In return for your support, we’ll send you a welcome pack that includes a photo of your bear in a specially printed frame and information about their character and well-being. We’ll also send you a great Sponsor a Bear tote bag as a token of our thanks.
Each year, we will send you an updated photo of your bear, as well as regular Animals Asia updates to keep you informed of our work and campaigns.
How long will I need to continue my sponsorship?
We don't ask sponsors to commit for any specific length of time. You can sign up to sponsor your bear on a monthly basis indefinitely and can stop your sponsorship at any time.
Caring for rescued bears is a long-term commitment for Animals Asia. As our bears need sponsorship for the whole of their lives, we’re hugely indebted to those of you who are able to commit to long-term sponsorships to help support our work.
How much of my donation will go directly to the bears?
Animals Asia strives to keep administration costs low so that more of your money goes straight to the animals. By joining a regular monthly giving program you’re helping to keep these costs to a minimum.
You can see further information on how your kind monthly donations help Asia's animals here.
About becoming a sponsor
What methods of payment can I use?
You can make automatic monthly contributions by credit card or, if you are located in the UK or EU, you can pay by direct debit from your bank account.
Unfortunately, we’re unable to accept payments by cheque.
Paying by credit card or direct debit helps keep our administration costs low and ensures that your contributions directly benefit the animals.
Is it possible for me to vary the amount that I contribute each month or how often I contribute?
Our Sponsor a Bear program has been set up as a monthly giving program in response to feedback from our supporters. It’s designed as a way for donors to make a long-term regular commitment to our work in a way that is also simple for us to administer and low in extra costs – which means that a greater portion of your contributions can go directly to animals in need.
By committing to regular monthly contributions you provide us with a reliable source of funding for the bears at our sanctuaries and help us plan for the future. Although we welcome donations of any kind, offering a wide selection of donation options adds greatly to our overall administration costs.
If you would like further information on alternative donation methods please contact your local Animals Asia office.
How can I change my giving method?
How can I change my billing address?
How can I cancel my sponsorship?
About the bears
Are all of the bears rescued by Animals Asia eligible for sponsorship?
The sponsorship program currently includes a handful of moon bears and sun bears living at our sanctuaries in China and Vietnam. These bears have been carefully chosen by our bear management team according to their character, age and health condition.
Does the selection of bears on the sponsorship program change?
The selection of bears on our sponsorship program only changes if one of our current sponsor bears passes away. In such instances, the bear management team choose another bear to add to the program.
Does each bear on the program have only one sponsor?
No, the costs of rehabilitating and caring for a wild animal throughout their life is very high, which means that all of our bears require more than one sponsor to support their basic needs.
If you would like to be the exclusive sponsor of a particular bear, find out more about becoming a Bear Guardian.
Can I visit my bear?
Our sanctuaries in China and Vietnam are open to the public on two days a month and by prior arrangement only.
For further information see Visiting the Bear Rescue Centres.
Due to limited resources and public safety, we cannot accept visitors at other times.
Can I send gifts to my bear?
Unfortunately, we can’t accept personal gifts for our bears. If you would like to send a virtual gift to our bears, you may like to do so by choosing one of our ‘Gifts for the Bears’.
Can I give my bear a new name?
When the bears first arrive at our sanctuary they’re given nicknames by our staff and are later given a permanent name by generous donors, which we will not change. Sponsor a Bear gives you the opportunity to help support the bears at our sanctuaries - most of whom have been named already. If you’re interested in naming a bear you might like to find out more about becoming a Bear Guardian.
What happens if my bear falls ill or dies?
If your bear falls ill, your contributions will help cover the cost of the medical care required to keep them healthy.
If your bear passes away we will send you a letter to notify you. In such instances, your sponsorship will be directly transferred to another bear on our program.