No-Kill Asheville is a community project led by Brother Wolf Animal Rescue.
At any given time, there are over 550 dogs and cats in our care. Most are animals surrendered to us by local citizens. Others are animals we pull from the county shelter- these include special needs dogs and cats who would not make it out without our help. We also operate a Community Cats program, since outdoor cats are currently the highest-risk animals in the local shelter system.
Our mission is to provide the resources and lifesaving programs necessary to achieve sustainable, No-Kill communities, 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 who are truly dangerous to society and have no hope of rehabilitation.
Over the past several years, through our shelter rescue, pet adoption programs, transport program, community cats program, and spay/neuter assistance, we have helped achieve significant reductions in the number of animals killed in the local shelter system.
We know we can’t just spay/neuter and adopt our way to No-Kill; 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 real paradigm shift in our communities about the responsibilities of pet guardianship: that surrendering your pet to the local shelter system should only ever be a last resort.
Through our NeighborCorps program, volunteers to go door-to-door, neighborhood-by-neighborhood, to talk to fellow citizens about our No-Kill mission. Our team educates 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 collaboratively 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.
Just a generation or so ago, if someone’s dog got out or cat got loose, a good neighbor would catch it and walk it back over. Or 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 pets, kids, or their self, folks would get involved and give help.
Nowadays, most folks just call animal control, 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 isolated and less supportive of each another.
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 No-Kill communities. We’re confident that with all of us working together, we can get there. And along the way, we’ll be helping to build stronger communities too.
We hope you’ll join us! Please email Volunteer@bwar.org if you are interested in volunteering for our NeighborCorps program.