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Brother Wolf Animal Rescue Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Brother Wolf Animal Rescue, was founded in 2007 in Asheville, North Carolina, to provide the resources and life-saving programs to build a No-Kill community. As a grass roots organization, BWAR operates an adoption center in Asheville making it easy to adopt, volunteer, and become involved in our No-Kill mission. We additionally operate chapters across the Southeast to spread our lifesaving programs to underserved communities.

Target demographics: animals in need.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 6,000 animals through adoption, transport, and Neighborcorps projects to keep pets in their homes.

Geographic areas served: Founded in Asheville, NC, we serve Buncombe County and additionally operate chapters across the Southeast to spread our lifesaving programs to underserved communities.

Programs: adoption; foster care; crisis support (our Keep Me Safe program helps victims of domestic abuse start new lives by caring for their animals during transition); Northern transport; community cat care/TNR; Neighborcorps (to help keep pets in their homes and out of the shelter system), animal welfare advocacy; and farm animal rescue.

Community Stories

54 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Brother Wolf does not deserve a single penny until they can account for the 9 dogs or dog bodies that are missing since last week with no explanation. 501C charities are accountable for every single body and they have not done that for these dogs. More transparency is needed with this organization.

Review from Guidestar

3 Frank_Justice

Donor

Rating: 5

Brother Wolf helps thousands of animals in Western North Carolina every year and we are so grateful for the incredible work they do in our community. The attached video shows just some of their recent achievements.

2 Paula T.2

Volunteer

Rating: 1

was a huge advocate for this rescue ( even going through their volunteer training) until I recently found out that the new director is murdering dogs she does not deem adoptable even with other real rescues have offered to take these dogs. Negative comments are deleted off of Facebook and then you are banned from commenting on the page. They are not telling the public what is really going on and instead letting an ego-driven director, that has only been there a year, to make decisions on these dogs that are loved and valued. She has consistently alienated volunteers, supporters, and staff. For the love of God and all that is holy, someone please fire the director and get back to the roots of this once admired rescue !!!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 1

This used to be a good no-kill shelter. I used to volunteer there myself. However under new management, they have “misplaced” significant funds. They’ve put a building that was gifted for the specific purpose of building a sanctuary up for sale. In a public forum, they were asked about the funds that were intended for the sanctuary (a few hundred thousand), and would not give a straight answer as to where the money went. The new director has very little animal rescue experience and is making heartless decisions. They’ve euthanized nearly 20 dogs just recently. They are not fulfilling their obligation as a “no-kill” rescue, but they are mass euthanizing dogs in order to pull more in from surrounding counties. Animal welfare advocates in surrounding counties are trying to prevent them from taking animals from their shelters due to the current circumstances there. There is now a pending lawsuit regarding their treatment of animals and misappropriation of funds.

Review from Guidestar

2 Jennifer R.9

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This place is horrible. The new director is apparently on a power trip & won’t allow dogs to go to reputable people or rescues, but instead thinks euthanizing them is a better choice. Disgusting.

Review from Guidestar

2

Donor

Rating: 1

Brother Wolf has touted itself as a “no kill” shelter for years, collecting donations from the local community under this guise. In the last four months or so Brother Wolf has euthanized 10+ dogs with no verifiable history of illness or aggression. Brother Wolf claims these animals were ”aggressive and beyond saving” yet they allowed these dangerous animals to continue to be housed (why waste resources on animals you “know” are beyond saving?), work with volunteers (why expose people who aren’t professional handlers to “dangerous animals?”), go on public hikes where they were exposed to other animals (without incident), and even had many listed as adoptable online until they were put down (many people offered to take any of these dogs in and were turned down). None of these decisions make any sense if these animals are “certified as unable to be rehabilitated and are a danger to themselves and others.” Brother Wolf did not allow these animals a chance at rehabilitation nor did they have them professionally evaluated by a behaviorist. Brother Wolf has fired all employees and volunteers who attempted to advocate for these animals. Brother Wolf denied other rescues (and fosters and volunteers and behaviorist etc etc — all willing to sign away any liability for BW) from taking in these animals, even when they were willing to take them in for free. Leah, the director at Brother Wolf, reached out to James at Kenos about taking in these animals. James gave her a number which Leah found to be too high. When James found out these animals would be killed he offered to waive all fees and take the dogs for free. Leah said no, saying Kenos no longer met her criteria, despite the fact it was worthy enough for Leah to research and make first contact. The founder of Brother Wolf, Joelle, who now runs another wonderful local rescue, was denied from taking in any animals. Brother Wolf keeps posting disingenuous articles about the “warehousing” of animals but it is a false flag as that was not the situation here. Brother Wolf received over one million dollars from the local community for land and to open a sanctuary that conveniently went missing. The community has been waiting years for transparency on that matter, repeatedly being told an explanation would be given, though it has yet to happen. Brother Wolf has been deleting all questions or calls for accountability on all forms of social media to try and hide the controversy rather than be transparent about why these unnecessary killings keep happening. I will be documenting the posting of this review due to that. If you would like to know more about what is happening please visit the Facebook group BWARe B Their Voice.

“Struggling with behavioral issues, Brother Wolf only euthanizes animals who are irredeemably suffering due to medical issues or are too aggressive with no hope of rehabilitation. We believe that each and every animal life matters.”

Review from Guidestar

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

In the past year BWAR has a new ED. In an effort to deal with what is apparently a real financial mess, in December 2019 in a piece in the Asheville Citizen-Times she announced a change in mission away from a rescue which devoted resources to dogs which needed some help--a little or a lot--to be appropriately placed. This takes time and resources, so the best way I can think to describe the rather drastic change in mission is they appear to have gone from a rescue to a non profit volume and adoption fee pet store. It's not the sort of nonprofit I support with my donations, but by adopting out a large volume of easy to place dogs they may be saving them from death when high kill shelters kill because they are out of space. Here is the major problem and destruction of public trust. There were long term residents in the way of this high turnover plan. Some had a variety of what are behavioral issues but also issues caused by haphazard behavior mishandling by and management of volunteers and employees. There are documents showing the vet was deeply concerned that medication management was a mess--leaving some dogs with abrupt absence of medications, incorrectly dosed, and lack of documentation. In a cynical move to kill dogs who had overstayed their welcome and were taking up kennel space, it appears around 20-25 dogs who had overstayed their welcome have been killed since early fall. The ED declared them all unadoptable and killed them in spite of clearly to well qualified rescuers with deep experience with these dogs safe, free, and well matched placements. People have been fired for disagreeing with her, long term volunteers sent away, and concerned community members, others walked away in disgust when the last batch of dogs were killed on Saturday. Instead of working diligently with safe placements for these dogs to better enable the change of BWAR from a rescue to a high volume non profit pet store, which may indeed increase the number of overall dogs saved, she just killed them. The staff vet would not kill them. No local for hire vets would kill them. they brought in an out of town vet to do the deed. There are so many testimonials and videos and photos of these dogs on a FB page representing the dogs who could have been placed BWARe B Their Voice and so much documentation also presented on that FB page, She has vigorously blocked any community questions and criticisms by taking down any negative comments, Yelp immediately took down comments trying to share the truth with the public. There are lawsuits being processed I believe, which I believe include from donors who feel their donations were not used as promised. The ED is inexperienced with rescue and has a background in fundraising and event planning. As the community fights to get the real information out to the public to see if the ED's claims are valid, support is eroding. There are so many wonderful rescues out there I would never support this shelter. I need to know someone qualified, compassionate, and humane is making the decision to euthanize dogs because there truly is no humane and safe alternative. Sorry so long, but we've got to get then word out. She's protecting what I understand is a 6 figure salary and fluffing adoption volume so many dogs can be killed and still keep them in within the metric of a non kill rescue.

Review from Guidestar

5 husker01

Donor

Rating: 1

Why is there so much publicity on this rescue killing dogs? Videos taken of dogs just before they are taken to be killed. they had a nice sanctuary to help them become " NO KILL" something is going on here, if they do not have funding to care for the animals. mishandling of funds? alert, WHAT IS GOING ON? There is even a change . org petition about this rescue gone bad.

Review from Guidestar

Sandra Lee W.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

After years of talking about it, we finally made it to Brother Wolf! The sanctuary itself is absolutely gorgeous, set in the mountains of western NC. John gave us a tour, introducing us to the inhabitants and sharing the vision of how the land will be used for animal care, outreach and education in the future.

The operations in Asheville were impressive - the thrift store, supply store and grooming center support the shelter where animals await adoption. We found this beauty there and although we drove home without her, had to return the following week! Freyja is settling into her new home and we’re so grateful to Brother Wolf for saving her.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

BWAR does so much for the community and for animals. They also rescue animals in other cities when there are hurricanes, etc. I am so impressed with all they do and how many animal lives they save. And I am impressed with their entire organization

1 Sue F.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been actively involved in animal rescue/animal welfare for over 22 years and across several states. BWAR is unique in that they not only rescue, rehabilitate, care for and rehome animals in need -- they educate their staff and their community. They are creative and diverse with the ultimate goal of providing resources and programs that educate and bring awareness to the benefits of creating No Kill communities.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Brother Wolf Animal Rescue is amazing! Not only are they doing incredible things to help animals in our community but the work they do in disaster zones to help victims of hurricanes and floods is absolutely heroic!

Brother Wolf also helps our local community keep the pets they have by keeping a food pantry and offering behavioral help. Another thing I love about them is that they aren’t just limited to domestic animals, they also have a sanctuary for farm animals so that they can live out a life of peace instead of cruelty. They encourage their employees to be vegan and have helped many members of the community to convert to a vegan lifestyle as well.

This organization is the real deal and they truly love and help animals! I attached a photo of my son being handed our new puppy by a BWAR employee 8 years ago.

Ellen C.4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I met people connected with Brother Wolf through activism for Farmed Animals in NC.
I followed their staff during Hurricane Florence doing rescues of cats, dogs and some farm animals , traveling by boat in dangerous flood waters. This organization truly loves animals.
Most recently, a friend rescued a Walker Hound dog who was sick and I fostered him for several weeks until he was well and had gained weight and his coat was restored. I reached out to Brother Wolf when I saw on their website that they can find forever homes for animals. Luckily Denise was interested in him personally as an addition to her brood. When I drove him up to Asheville I could see right away that this would be exactly the right place for him! He is very happy there with room to run, other dogs to play with, and a great human being (Denise) to look after him. I trust this organization!

Kathy C.6

Client Served

Rating: 5

Brother Wolf Animal rescue has a program called “Keep Me Safe” where they will temporarily provide respite and medical care for the pets of victims of domestic violence. Many victims will not leave their abuser because of their pets. Brother Wolf took care of my abused family member’s dog to allow her the opportunity to find safe housing for herself. Both are doing well now, and Brother Wolf was instrumental in helping them to safety.

Cynthia119

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been fostering for Brother Wolf Animal Rescue for about three years now. During that time 68 animals have passed through my home. Some were adopted, some transported up north to new families, some were fospice animals and died in my care, but there last months were in a loving home instead of in a shelter. I have fostered short term, during an emergency such as flooding, and long term, upwards to a year and over. I have had seniors and newborns, bonded cats and mama dogs. Throughout BWAR has supported me, helped me, reassured me when I panic, and completely held me up so I could give these animals the best care possible. They provide medical care, and when a situation is beyond them, like little Sandy, a Chihuahua with two broken hips and two dislocated knees, they sent me to the very best for his surgeries. I absolutely cannot say enough good things about them and the work they do.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I foster with BWAR, as well as volunteering for assorted events. Few things in my life have been as rewarding as the fostering experience. BWAR is completely supportive. They have, on different occasions, given me food, litter, puppy pads, crates, gates, puppy pens and tons of emotional support as well as educational information. I can call at any time and always receive help. When they changed their policy on fospice dogs, to allow them to be adopted if someone was willing to take on the work, they grandfathered my old fospice dog in so he wouldn't have any more shake-ups in what was left of his life. They get excited with me over my little triumphs, mourn with me over the inevitable loss (with no hint of recrimination) and support me when I feel overwhelmed. The number of dogs and cats and rats and who knows what all that pass through their doors, to be retrained, loved, socialized, treated and ultimately adopted into loving homes is beyond belief. They can bend the rules when rigidity would be inhumane, and they hold to them otherwise so we all know what the procedures, policies and boundaries are. I love BWAR!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have done some volunteer work for Brother Wolf and they have helped me with some rescues too. I have made friends through this amazing group of people. They do magic! The impossible comes possible. I will continue to support and help them in every way I can. Changing the world for humans and animals and for our beautiful Mother Earth.

Karen M.10

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I highly recommend Brother Wolf Animal Rescue! They are very compassionate & always put the animals first.
I Network dogs in shelters. I try to find rescues who will fully vet them, foster them & help the dog become adoptable. I’ve asked BWAR on several occasions to pull a dog that would be euthanized if a rescue doesn’t save them. Dogs that had no rescue interest or chance to make it out alive. They have never hesitated once. They once rescued 4 senior dogs who were 12-14 years old. These seniors didn’t have a prayer but BWAR had their back. They took them without any hesitation.
I asked them to take another dog who had limited info. We didn’t know how old the dog was nor any medical info. She was a female. That’s all we knew. That’s what awesome rescues do! They just want to save the dog in need. They don’t choose the prettiest dog or the healthiest dog. They choose the dog who needs them the most. That’s why this rescue is my hero.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Brother Wolf is an extraordinary community of caring animal lovers in the greater Asheville community who are devoted to the mission of no kill. Over the years, many of my friends have adopted dogs and cats from BWAR, and have received exceptional service throughout the adoption process; indeed, I applied to adopt a dog a few years ago, and was impressed by the caring professionalism I experienced. BWAR is one of only a small handfuls of dog and cat rescues that have expanded their definition of compassion to include all animals; they're currently in the process of building a sanctuary for farmed animals that will be open to the public and offer a variety of educational (and fun) opportunities for the community. I am also proud of the fact that BWAR routinely partners with other organizations, in our immediate community and beyond, for a variety of reasons and causes -- always with the goal of creating a more just and compassionate world. If it's not obvious, I think Brother Wolf is an exceptional organization that has earned the trust and support it receives from the Asheville community.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered for over four years and fostered more than 40 dogs. I accepted difficult fosters including fospice, seniors and feral dogs. I adopted 3 dogs from BWAR. I have gone to another rescue due to the lack of transparency regarding finance and board members as well as upper management's stranglehold on the organization. They have a board that consists of 3 or 4 people who vote along with with CEO and founder. Their physical building is over flowing and inadequate for the numbers that pass through the building. Employees work hard and are very kind as time permits. The mission of BWAR has become diluted by their desire to grow larger without the means to do it. They have done so much for our community and I hope they make the necessary changes to their organization so that it continues that work.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing no-kill shelter in Asheville NC. They regularly pull dogs from kill shelters to give them a chance at life; they transport many dogs to adoptive homes up north. Many dedicated staff and volunteers head out to flooded parts of the country to rescue animals that have been left behind. They are also building a sanctuary for older animals who will likely never be adopted. Simply amazing work and tireless dedication.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

BWAR is dedicated in saving and helping the animals of the surrounding areas and also extends that help beyond the borders of this state. I'm so proud to be a volunteer for this amazing organization that believes in and promotes a No Kill community.

Laurie97

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a foster for rabbits through Brother Wolf, my experience has been one of total dedication to the animals. The staff and volunteers are always looking for ways to increase every animals' quality of life. It is a wonderful organization!

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Everyone is 100% committed to the animals, donating time-money-blood-sweat-tears! Wonderful organization, couldn't ask for better.

Priscilla H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have adopted twice from Brother Wolf and have worked as a volunteer for over seven years, including fostering dogs and cats for five of those years.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I've had the pleasure of volunteering for Brother Wolf Animal Rescue for over 6 years now and I can't say enough good things about this organization. The dedication and compassion of the staff and volunteers at BWAR speaks volumes. Treatment is offered to animals that come into the BWAR network who need medical assistance or behavioral modifications -each animal is assessed for their individual needs.

Brother Wolf is a wonderful animal shelter that is open to the public 7 days a week, making it easy for folks to visit with the adoptable animals.

BWAR does a great job of matching up the appropriate pet for those people that are looking to adopt.

I recommend this group to folks who are looking to adopt or make a donation to - their money will be used to help the animals in their care or used towards one of their other life saving programs.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love this organization not only do they save countless lives but the staff is friendly and informative they go above and beyond the call of duty and i am so greatfull to know they are out there everyday working hard to take care of the animals in the charge and find the rite home for them

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at Brother Wolf sense 2011 & have been amazed so many times at how the staff & volunteers give so much of themselves. Brother Wolf & Asheville have grown so much in the past few years & as hard as they try to do the best with what they have Brother Wolf needs some help to continue to grow.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer at Brother Wolf. I have primarily helped as an assistant to the behavior team working with dogs. One of the missions of Brother Wolf it is to make sure all dogs get enrichment every day and to help the dogs with behavior challenges to become more adoptable. The entire staff are very impressive, and the behavior team is extraordinary. They have knowledge, commitment, and are able to teach adopters, volunteers and regular people like me how to interact effectively and positively with the dogs to help them become beloved pets in their future forever homes. The dogs and cats and other animals who are taken in by Brother Wolf are very lucky indeed.

Leslie92

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Brother Wolf is a great organization -- they take on animals with difficult medical and behavioral challenges that would likely result in euthanasia in many other shelters. They helped with emergency animal rescue efforts in the recent floods in Louisiana. They provide shelter and care for the pets of domestic violence victims who are in domestic violence shelters. They help low income folks get veterinary care and food for their pets. They are working to help spread the no-kill ethic and programs to rural, underserved communities. In short, they do a great job helping animals and people all over the South.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Here are the results of BWAR's latest inspection (Feb 2016) in which the adoption center facility was approved. http://www.ncagr.gov/vet/aws/Inspections/Buncombe_County/documents/BuncombeBrotherWolfRescue02012016.pdf - note that the the reason BWAR didn't pass in Nov 2015 was because of building inadequacies - it had nothing to do with animal care or health.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Brother Wolf is an amazing animal welfare organization with a firm grasp on their mission of building no-kill communities. The animals at Brother Wolf are well taken care of, and the team there excels daily at making sure the animals are placed in wonderful forever homes. Quality of life is very important to them and it's nice to see how many programs are in place for the animals to ensure that their stay at the shelter is filled with love.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have followed Brother Wolf Animal Rescue for years, have visited and have volunteered. I even adopted a kitten from there who is so stunningly affectionate, you know that she was raised with great care and love before I adopted her. This group has done amazing things in bringing the greater Asheville area together to support No Kill.. They have helped untold animals and their caregivers. They don't just try to spay their way to No Kill, they use a number of things, including providing support to pet families in need to increase retention of animals in their homes. They are innovative and authentic in finding ways to help the animals in their community and beyond.

They responded to the floods in SC last year by helping 3 counties with the least resources get their animals to safety and adopted out so they could receive animals who got away or had to be left during evacuation and supported these underserved communities long after the big money national groups left, including taking the hardest cases and fostering them and finding transport and homes for them.

They are generous with sharing information with other communities who want to go No Kill and frequently travel and provide resources for these communities all over the south out of their own coffers. They deserve all the support they can get.

Robin99

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Brother Wolf Animal Rescue is a blessing to our community and all animals in need. They are a no-kill animal rescue, rescuing many types of animals. They strive to go above and beyond what most organizations do. They have an adoption center that is clean and comfortable for the animals, they encourage folks to open their homes to foster, they have a community food bank, they have summer camps for students, they offer many ways to volunteer. They are also starting a sanctuary. They take in many animals that are sic and care for them. Their number one goal is uncompromised compassion for animals. I am honored to be a volunteer and donor at brother Wolf.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Brother Wolf Animal Rescue is our local no-kill animal rescue that takes in thousands of animals each year. They often take in animals that no other local shelters will take due to medical and behavioral issues. They strive to make sure all animals have a chance at a wonderful life. They have a facility and also utilize foster homes. Some of their community services include: free spay/neuter assistance, a pet food pantry, behavioral counseling and youth education programs. They provide a clean and happy environment for their animals in the facility, and offer their animals exercise programs, mental stimulation, behavioral counseling, and lots of attention and love. They have made such a positive impact on animals in our community, as well as our children. Due to the services they provide, many children ask for pet food and supplies for this organization for their birthday gifts. I am honored to be a part of this exceptional organization.

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Concerned about the welfare of the animals as the Rescue Center was disapproved for
various unsatisfactory conditions during recent Inspection. We hope that condition approves.
Great that the animals are rescued, but not if they are placed in unhealthy conditions. See the report below.


http://www.ncagr.gov/vet/aws/Inspections/Buncombe_County/documents/BuncombeCoBrotherWolfAnimalRescue11-12-15.pdf

1 Danielle90

Donor

Rating: 5

The employees and volunteers of brother wolf are more dedicated than any group I have ever seen! They work tirelessly to not just help animals but to educate humans which is such a major issue.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been to BWAR many times and it is an awesome place. It is wonderful what they do there to help all types of creatures. Finding homes for so many animals is great! You can tell what an awesome job they do by all the volunteers that they have. If I were a lost dog or cat I would hope someone would take me to BWAR!!!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Brother Wolf Animal Rescue remains true to it's mission to show uncompromised compassion to all animals and people. The staff and volunteers of BWAR go over and beyond every expectation every day. This non profit grassroots organization is a wonderful asset to the animal advocate/rescue world.

Donor

Rating: 5

Wi have been a volunteer for some years. I was a foster. Then Brother Wolf called me about dogs they had received from a puppy mill that the county tore down. I went there to get a foster. Trixie, a mini Dachshund mix, had been there and abused for 10 years. I fostered Trixie for 2years. No luck with adoption. She was considered too old. Last year I adopted Trixie. Brother Wolf has continued to be interested in us and to support us with advice. BWAR reaches out to community and beyond. They are very active in rescuing animals from the flood in SC.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What an extraordinary organization! BWAR stands firmly on its motto of Compassion Without Compromise. It is not just an animal adoption center; the services extend to an extensive foster program, neuter/spay program, community outreach, a vast network of dedicated volunteers, and more. The staff at BWAR is dedicated to providing top notch professional services to each and every animal in its care. I am proud to be a volunteer at BWAR and proud to promote their cause.

Sandi13

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Brother Wolf Animal Rescue since 2010. I have been involved in rescue work for 30+ years and i have not worked with a better organization. The level of dedication by staff and volunteers, including those in administration, is at the highest level. All go above and beyond what they are asked to do and the animals are always put first. I am so proud to be a volunteer and foster parent with Brother Wolf Animal Rescue.

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Client Served

Rating: 3

The shelter staff is wonderful, hardworking and caring. Brother Wolf assistance to the community has been terrific but is sometimes limited or refused based on the effort required/difficulty of the circumstances. Those choices are made by the few individuals in higher administration that are not as physically involved in the on-the-ground efforts. The staff members will often do work on their own time to accommodate those that are not being assisted by the organization.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is more than just an animal shelter! BWAR places many of their rescued animals with foster families until the animal is rescued. This means that the cats and dogs have the opportunity to experience living in a calmer environment. It also means that the counselors are better informed to match companion animals with appropriate families because they have been observed in a family setting! Everyone at the center is very compassionate. You can't go wrong with BWAR

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Donor

Rating: 5

BWAR is far more than the average rescue/adoption center. Open 7 days a week and virtually always at full capacity, it mobilizes 100s of volunteers (actually believed to be closer to 3000 total) to help with the immense demands of tending the animals and receiving mountains of donations for and running the gift shop. But the part that touches me deeply is their participation in transport of the surplus of animals for adoption in the US South to the Northeast where there is a shortage of animals for adoption, thereby avoiding having to put down wonderful creatures in untold numbers. They are tireless, “one-thousand percent” committed, and true community builders among animal lovers of every stripe. They also do highly imaginative, unconventional fundraisers (e.g., the hilarious Drag Queen Bingo or the Spay-ghetti and No Balls dinner) that are fun, build community, and set them apart!

3

Donor

Rating: 5

As both a volunteer & donor I support BWAR with a whole heart. The team is fully committed and works so hard to rescue and care for dogs & cats (& bunnies), and get them adopted. I am also a "failed foster" in that I've adopted 2 of my fosters. These folks are special. BWAR is an amazing organization. Making great things happen in Asheville, NC. Leading the way to a No Kill community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Where do I start...enough cannot be said about Brother Wolf. My husband and I drive all the way from ga. to volunteer at BWAR. We love to spend our time helping an organization that takes their job of caring for so many animals seriously. Let's just say, that if I was a dog and had to be in a shelter, it would be BWAR....it's clean, extremely well run, I know everyone would be nice to me and that I would eat well, exercise all the time by taking hikes and playing in the play yard with friends. If I was sick they would take me to the vet and their ultimate goal would be to find me a forever home. And, if that home didn't work out they would take me back and find one that fit my needs. Their founder is an amazing person who works outrageous hours trying to find "a better way" in all aspects of running a shelter. They are a No-Kill shelter which becomes quite costly. Denise Bitz, the founder, is so innovative in finding people to volunteer to sponsor fundraisers to help run this enormous undertaking. When I volunteer I could be helping with laundry or sorting donations in their two wonderful thrift stores...whatever needs to be done gets done...it totally amazes how well organized they are every time I go there. Bwar is truly the best animal shelter I've ever volunteered with and I look forward to be with the animals as often as possible. Bottom line is that they are a great great great organization. I can't say enough good things about Brother Wolf.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As both a volunteer and donor, my husband & I consider BWAR to be the best animal rescue in our area (Southeast). Their approach to caring for all the furry friends in Western North Carolina have far exceeded our expectations. We have been fosters for over 3 years now and any time there is a problem, it is dealt with the upmost professional and knowledgeable staff. If there is a medical concern that needs more attention, there is no hesitation on sending us to a vet for care. The medical bill averages $30,000 per month to care for all, that's a lot of $$$$$$. Its a delight to be part of an organization that has the compassion and drive to deal with all the situations thrown upon them. Denise Bitz, who is the founder of BWAR is the most overworked, underpaid, compassionate and driven person I've ever met. The plans for future expansion are in place, but can not be realized until the funds are available. Very frustrating on everyone's part. If you can help please do. Anything would be greatly appreciated.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Brother Wolf approaches animal rescue holistically. They are truly a community nonprofit. Whatever your niche there is a place for you to get involved at Brother Wolf. Volunteers are appreciated and valued. Stop by and visit. You won't be disappointed.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

Brother Wolf Animal Rescue (BWAR) hums with staff and volunteers cleaning, feeding, walking, and loving homeless pets. It's a surprisingly happy environment. I enjoy going there to visit dogs, puppies, cats, and kittens knowing that they are receiving the best of care. BWAR values all animals, including those with serious special needs. Dogs and cats remain at this shelter for as long as it takes to find a forever home. I especially cherish the moment that a BWAR staff member gently placed my newly adopted 2-year-old terrier mix into my arms. We love her so much that we decided to adopt another BWAR dog just 6 months later. She too is a total joy. My family and I feel extremely fortunate that BWAR exists in our area.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

One tour around this facility and you will feel the vibe of compassion and mission. I have been honored to work with this group of hard-working people who genuinely appreciate their volunteers. It only makes you want to help them more. None better!!! (enough said.)

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

wonderful organization--take a visit and you will feel the energy! clean facility with happy pets. largest no-kill rescue in western north carolina.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have had the opportunity to work with many charities, and I have never had the immediate sense of connection that I felt with Brother Wolf. There's something in the air there that makes this a very special place for the animals and humans. It's so comforting to know that every dog I get to know will eventually find a good home, and that there is an extensive network of foster homes that help relieve the space-pressures in the shelter.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

What an amazing organization! Very dedicated people towards the cause of No Kill. I have volunteered with Brother Wolf Animal Rescue for many years, and have found the folks here to be compassionate and giving. They are dedicated to saving the lives of animals - young, old, sick, healthy. I've seen people go out in the middle of the night, in the worst of weather, to rescue animals in need. I know foster parents who have taken in pregnant mom ready to deliver and go on to foster mom and pups until they are ready for adoption. There is no end to the compassion here. And staff are so wonderful with their volunteers - caring, inspirational - over and over I have seen the community go to great lengths to help out this organization - businesses do fundraisers, children forgo gifts at their birthday parties and instead ask for donations for the animals in the care of Brother Wolf Animal Rescue. It is truly a "community" organization where you will feel welcome. There are many volunteer opportunities - there is a hiking club where you can take the shelter dogs out for hikes, you can be an enrichment counselor to help "enrich" the lives of the shelter animals, you can foster a cat or dog in your home, you can help fundraise, help at adoption events, or just go in and walk a dog or sit and pet a cat! Whatever you do, you will come away feeling that you have truly contributed and are part of something larger than yourself.