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