NoKillAsheville.org is a community project of Brother Wolf Animal Rescue.
Brother Wolf is headquartered in Asheville, NC, and operates the largest No Kill organization in our state. We are a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization, and we receive no government funding for our work.
At any given time, there are over 550 dogs and cats in our care between our Adoption Center and our foster homes. Many are animals surrendered to us by local citizens. Our Asheville Adoption Center and foster network serves local animals first and foremost. We also operate a robust Community Cats program in our area— outdoor cats were historically the highest risk animals in the local shelter system and we created this program to help decrease the killing of community cats as quickly as we could. Community cats do not belong in the shelter!
Our local mission is to provide the programs and resources necessary to achieve a sustainable, No-Kill community, where no dogs or cats are killed for population control, and euthanasia is reserved only for animals who are irremediably suffering with no remaining quality of life, or for animals who are truly a threat to society and with no hope of rehabilitation.
Over the past several years, through our shelter rescue, pet adoption programs, community cats work, and spay-neuter assistance, we have helped achieve significant reductions in the number of animals killed in the local shelter system.
Here is a graph showing the progress of lives saved in Buncombe County over the past ten years provided to us courtesy of Asheville Humane Society.
We now know we can’t just spay-neuter and adopt our way to No-Kill: we know we must work equally hard to help keep cats and dogs from ever entering the shelter system in the first place.
And ultimately, we know that true, sustainable change will only come when we’ve had a paradigm shift in our community about the responsibilities of pet guardianship: that surrendering your pet to the local shelter system should only ever be a last resort.
So, as part of our No-kill Asheville campaign, we are training volunteers to go neighborhood by neighborhood, door to door, to talk to fellow citizens about the No-Kill mission in our community. Our Neighborcorps volunteers educate folks about the local resources available to help their pets with medical or behavioral issues— and we help families in need connect with those resources.
Sometimes we find that pets in need are also part of a family in-crisis. When we do, our staff and volunteers work with relevant local agencies to help these families get access to the services they need.
We also often encounter neighbors at odds with each other over the care of their pets. Sometimes these feuds have been going on for years.
It was just a generation or so ago, that if someone’s dog got out or cat got loose, some good neighbor would catch it and walk it back over. If a neighbor’s dog was barking or cat messing in the garden, we’d walk over and try to talk things through. Or if a neighbor was in crisis and needed help caring for their pets, their kids, or their self, folks would get involved and give help.
Nowadays, most folks just call animal control or the police department or social services on each other. We’ve outsourced good neighboring to local government, and as a result, we’ve become more and more isolated from one another and less and less supportive of each other.
If any community can have a revolution in better neighboring, it’s Asheville… The goal of our No-Kill Asheville campaign is to engage our fellow citizens in a common mission- one we can all agree on: achieving a No-Kill community. We’re confident that with all us working together, we can get there— and along the way, we’ll be helping build a stronger community too.
We hope you’ll join us!
First, sign your pledge of support for a No-Kill Asheville and then see how you can volunteer in your area to help neighborhood cats and dogs in need.
For more information about Brother Wolf Animal Rescue visit our website at www.bwar.org.