Our Four-Point Plan to Help Build a No-Kill Asheville
Our community has made huge strides in reducing the euthanasia of animals in the Buncombe County Animal Shelter. We are blessed to live in such a caring and generous community, and we are lucky to have such capable organizations as the Humane Alliance and the Asheville Humane Society, and our own Brother Wolf Animal Rescue. We know it’ll take all of us working together to help build a No-Kill Asheville.
For Brother Wolf Animal Rescue’s part, we have devised a Four-Point Plan that we believe will not only have immediate life saving results, but will help rally the community behind our efforts.
1. Triple Our Adoption Efforts
We are aggressively increasing our adoption capabilities by:
(a) making critical improvements (already underway!) to our adoption center. These improvements will help reduce the stress levels of the animals and decrease their length of stay
(b) building a new adoption center for cats, so that the cats have their own space and can be away from the hustle and bustle of the dogs and
(c) tripling (at least!) our weekly offsite adoption events across the city and county.
We know that there are people who, no matter what we do, will never come to a shelter or adoption center to adopt. So, we will bring the animals to them – out in the community!
2. True Community Engagement
Through our NeighborCorps program, volunteers are going door to door, neighborhood by neighborhood to educate folks about all the resources available for animals in our community, including support for spay-neuter services, wellness assistance and assistance with pet behavior issues.
Our goal is to improve awareness and access to these critical services that can help keep animals out of the shelter system in the first place. We want to help people to be the best pet guardian’s possible!
And along the way, we’ll remind folks that it’s okay to be a concerned and helpful neighbor, especially when innocent lives are at risk.
If you’re concerned about an animal at risk in Western North Carolina, please call 828-505-3440 or email us.
3. Helping Community Cats
Community Cats used to be the highest group of animals “at risk” in our area to be euthanized if they enter the sheltering system.
Thanks to our community cat program and the collaborative partnership with both county animal control and the Buncombe County Animal Shelter, the number of community cats entering the shelter system and subsequently euthanized has plummeted. Municipalities across the country are proving that a well-managed, community-based TNR program stabilizes outdoor cat populations, and significantly reduces shelter euthanasia.
Through trapping and mediation and support for food and medical care, our Community Cats Program helps caring citizens extend care to outdoor cats, so the cats can live out their natural lives, and outdoor cat populations can stabilize through natural attrition.
4. Sanctuary for Long-term Rehabilitation Needs
In 2013, about 1,900 animals were euthanized in the Buncombe County Animal Shelter. We estimate that about 1,000 of those were outdoor cats (see #3 above). For the 900 or so remaining dogs and cats, we estimate that about two thirds were animals needing some sort of medical or behavioral rehabilitation. In 2014, 999 animals were euthanized in the Buncombe County Shelter. Outdoor cats used to be the number one “at risk” animal in our community, but that is no longer true thanks to our community cat program.
While our community has made great strides in reducing the number of animals euthanized at our local county shelter, we still have much work to do. The animals that need us the most now are often labeled as “special needs” animals, and BWAR has always specialized in this population of dogs and cats.
We know that the animals most at risk at our county shelter and in our community will require longer-term care than is suitable for a busy adoption center environment, so we are expanding our operation to include sanctuary resources. Our new sanctuary (coming soon!) will allow for more time and space for recovery and rehabilitation.
Plus, it’ll serve as an education center for local citizens and youth groups, as well as groups from other communities wanting to learn how to do long-term rehab for the animals in their care.
For information on how you can be part of our No-Kill Asheville campaign, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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