In Memory of Heli Dungler – the Founder and the President of FOUR PAWS

Jan 11th, 2020 | By | Category: Featured articles

11.1.2020 – Source: FOUR PAWS

Deeply shocked and in great sadness we have to inform you that our FOUR PAWS Founder and President, Heli Dungler, died suddenly and unexpectedly on 5th January at our big cat sanctuary LIONSROCK in South Africa.


His death is a terrible loss to us and fills us with great pain. Our thoughts and our deepest sympathy are with his family during this difficult time.

With his death, FOUR PAWS and the world have lost a very special animal lover and visionary. Thanks to his tireless work, our organisation is today one of the largest global animal welfare organisations, represented in 15 countries. Through his passion and tireless efforts, FOUR PAWS has been able to save the lives of many thousands of animals.

Heli died in one of his favourite places, in LIONSROCK, which also stands symbolically for his life’s work: revealing animal suffering, rescuing animals in need and protecting them.

Our grief over Heli’s death and our gratitude are hard to put into words. We will honour his memory by continuing with great dedication and commitment the work he loved so much.

Heli’s work and legacy will continue throughout our efforts.

Watch our moving tribute to his achievements and decades of his passion to animal welfare.

With deepest sadness, In silent grief

The FOUR PAWS team


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  1. If there were more people like Heli Dungler our world would be a much better place.

    He has done a fantastic job rescuing so many animals from miserable living conditions and offering them good new homes.

    Rest in peace! You will be deeply missed!

  2. Dear Mervi!
    Thank you for transmitting this touching obituary for Heli Dungler!
    The year 2020 started with many tears.

    His death means a great loss for animals in bad living conditions and for us all!
    Heli Dungler died far too soon and far too young.
    He was one of a kind with a big and compassionate heart and so much energy to do the right thing.

    I´d never thought his recent Christmas card would be his last. I will keep it.

    Dear Heli!
    Thank you for all you have done for the well-being of animals !
    We love and miss you deeply.
    You will not be forgotten!
    Please keep an eye on all you loved from above.


  3. Yes Mervi, you are right:: a few one more like Heli Dungler would make this world be a better place, especially for the animals. I am sending all my support to his family, friends and colleagues. And may all the animals in need of special help worldwide be helped by a new guardian angel leading humans to their needs (like he used to do during his life).

  4. For me “Vier Pfoten” always was a
    serious organisation, in contrast to
    the stupid “PETA” activists. Helis
    death is a big loss for the human
    world and all the animals, he has
    saved in his life. I hope, that his
    friends will continue with this
    very important work ! ? 🙁
    Rest in Peace, Heli Dungler !

  5. Dear Mervi!
    It is a terrible loss for “Vier Pfoten”. This organisation does a great job for the rescuing the animals.
    Rest in Peace, Heli Dungler!

  6. Liebe Mervi,

    der frühe Tod von Heli Dungler ist in der Tat ein großer Verlust für die
    Tierwelt und alle Menschen, die sich mit ihm um das Wohlergehen und die Rettung
    so vieler gequälter Tiere kümmern.
    Sein Vorbild wird weiterhin viele Tierfreunde bewegen, sich für die Weiterführung
    seiner Arbeit einzusetzen.

    Hab Dank Deli Dungler und ruhe in Frieden!

  7. Dear Mervi
    Thank you for this report. I can only share what has
    already been written.

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