About Brother Wolf

Founded in 2007, Brother Wolf Animal Rescue enhances the lives of companion animals and the people who love them. We work across county lines with the goal of saving the greatest number of lives possible through strategic, creative, and impactful programming.

Through adoption and pet retention programs, a low-cost mobile spay and neuter clinic, lifesaving shelter transfer partnerships and extensive volunteer and foster networks, Brother Wolf Animal Rescue impacts the lives of thousands of animals each year in the Western North Carolina region.

We operate an adoption center in the heart of Asheville where you can meet your next best friend. On our campus you’ll also find our thrift store and retail store whose proceeds help fund our lifesaving programs. We are a community-based organization and rely on the generosity of our donors to continue our impactful work for animals as we receive no government funding. We know that together we can create a kinder world. Join us!

2023 Impact Report

Our Mission

To better the lives of companion animals and the people who love them.


We envision a community where all companion animals are valued, cared for and thriving, and where lives are enriched by the special bond between people and animals.

Location & Hours

Adoption Center Address:

31 Glendale Avenue

Asheville NC, 28803


Mailing Address:

PO Box 8195

Asheville NC, 28814

Adoption Center Hours:

Sunday: Closed

Monday: Closed

Tuesday: 11AM – 6PM

Wednesday: 11AM – 6PM

Thursday: 11AM – 6PM

Friday: 11AM – 6PM

Saturday: 11AM – 6PM

Contact Us

Phone: (828) 505-3440

Phone Extensions:

101 – Adoption Information
103 – Executive Director
104 – Pet Behavior Help
105 – Monetary Donation Information
106 – Second Chances Thrift Store
107 – Brother Wolf ReTail Store
109 – To Surrender an Animal
110 – Human Resources
111 – Mobile Spay & Neuter Clinic
112 – Foster & Volunteer Programs
114 – Marketing & Communications
117 – Director of Finance

Questions? We’d love to hear from you!

If you have any additional questions, comments, or ideas you would like to discuss, please email us at info@bwar.org.

Our Core Values



We believe in working from a foundation of best practices and approach change as an opportunity to grow, learn, and better serve the needs of our community. 

We are scrappy and we make things happen, even when we face challenges. 

We understand that our days rarely go as planned in this work and we approach each day with as much enthusiasm, grace, and understanding that we can muster. 


We take seriously the role each of us play in enacting the mission of Brother Wolf. We do what we say we’re going to do and we step up to do things that we see need doing. 

We take ownership in our work and our actions, including our mistakes. With bravery and kindness, we hold others accountable too. 


We take seriously the care of ourselves, others, and the animals we serve. We lead with kindness and express gratitude often. 

We work to build a foundation of trust internally and externally. 


We embrace differences and work boldly with others to achieve common goals. 

We believe that by working together and by giving everyone a voice, we can create a better tomorrow. 

We help each other thrive.

Executive Director, Leah Craig Chumbley

Leah Craig has a deep passion for saving the lives of animals in need. She began to pursue a career in animal welfare while in college, where she earned a B.A. in Communications as well as minors in Nonprofit Studies and Animal Science. Leah Craig has worked in the nonprofit sector since 2009. Throughout her career, Leah Craig has gained diverse experience in marketing, fundraising, leadership, and communications. She is glad to use these skills to support Brother Wolf’s lifesaving work. Read more about what called Leah Craig to this work and her role as Executive Director of Brother Wolf in the blog post below.

Read More About Leah Craig

Board of Directors
Updated March 2024. All listed are unpaid, independent, voting board members.
  • Alex Sewell, Board Treasurer, Staff Accountant, Pine Gate Renewables
  • Ryan Coffield, Board Secretary, Attorney at Law, LL.M., Van Winkle, Buck, Wall, Starnes & Davis, P.A.
  • McKenzi Shook, Board Member, Marketing Director, Buchanan Construction
  • Jamie Bryan-Whitlock, Board Chair, Store Manager, Embellish Asheville
  • Tommy Dennison, Board Member, Director of Member Development, Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Shelby Combs, Board Member, Human Resources Manager, Mission Hospital
  • Hannah Randall, Board Member, Senior Advisor, Armstrong McGuire
  • Justin Sheaffer, Board Member, Financial Representative, Consolidated Planning
  • Wendy Craig, Board Member, Attorney at Law, Wendy A. Craig, PA