Stray and Rehoming Help

Brother Wolf works with our local county shelter and our community to help place pets in loving new homes. If you need help with your own pet, or found a stray animal, please read the information below!

Found a Stray?

Because we are not a stray-hold facility,  BWAR cannot accept stray animals directly into our rescue. We do this because it is easier for an owner to locate his or her lost pet by going to one location (the county shelter) to try to find them.

b1_-_buncombe_county_animal_shelter_buildingWe have a very close partnership with the Buncombe County Animal Shelter so that we can transfer  stray animals, when appropriate and after their legal stray hold is up, into our care. If you have any questions about our stray policy, please email

If the animal was found in Buncombe County you may bring him/her to the Buncombe County Animal Shelter located at 16 Forever Friend Lane during business hours of Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

You may also hold onto the found pet in your home after filing a found report with the Buncombe County Animal Shelter.

After business hours, you can contact Asheville City (828-252-1110) or Buncombe County Animal Services (828-250-6670) depending on where you find the pet to see what options they can provide outside of normal business hours.

Find the stray outside of Buncombe County? Click here!

Rehoming/Surrendering Your Pet

We understand that life circumstances can mean you need to find your pet a new home. While we offer many services with the goal of helping you keep your pet with the family it knows, we also accept owner surrendered animals by appointment, and Courtesy Posting on our adoptable pets page.

Why are you considering surrendering your pet? Get help from our experts on the following common reasons pet owners seek rehoming:

  • Behavior issues
  • Allergies
  • Can’t afford care
  • Moving/Don’t have adequate housing
  • Too many animals

Please note that our Adoption Center and foster home network are nearly always at capacity. Owners seeking to rehome their pets are requested to contact us as soon as possible to allow us time to work the animal in, if we can. Please contact our intake team here.


Visit Our Adoption Center • 31 Glendale Avenue • Asheville NC • 28803
Send Donations To: P.O. Box 8195 • Asheville NC • 28814
828-505-3440 • email:
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