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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!!!!
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.
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.