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FOUR PAWS mourns longtime companion and friend


FOUR PAWS mourns longtime companion and exceptional photographer Mihai Vasile. The Romanian photo artist has dedicated his life to the service of animals, and for about 20 years has travelled the world for FOUR PAWS – always looking for the perfect photo. His empathy for animals and his flair for the perfect moment are captured in his unique pictures. Even though Mihai left us far too soon, he will live on through his pictures.

Mihai, you will remain in our hearts!

Many years ago, Mihai Vasile became part of the FOUR PAWS family. When we started our Stray Animal Care Project in the late 90s in Romania, we were looking for a photographer who could capture the stray dog situation in pictures for us. Mihai’s first reaction was one of skepticism, as it was unclear for him who would voluntarily look at photos of stray dogs. However, we were quickly able to convince him of our commitment to the strays in Romania. It is thanks to him that we were able to present the situation in Romania in a very special way to the world. The way Mihai captured our work in pictures comes from his deep affection towards animals and animal welfare, which has shaped him for many years. Mihai was not shy in any situation and was always ready to document our welfare and animal rescue projects worldwide. Whether in the middle of the African bush in Zimbabwe – where he waited for ten hours up a tree to get the perfect picture of an elephant herd – or more recently at our lion rescue in the crisis area of Gaza. Countless of his pictures were picked up by major international news agencies such as Reuters or Associated Press, due to their quality.


Just two weeks ago, his picture ‘’The Scent of Freedom’’, which portrays one of our rescued bears, won second place in the ‘’International PR Image Award’’. We would like to thank Mihai for his selfless dedication and his unparalleled work.


Mihai, for us you will live on through your pictures and remain unforgettable!

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