Four Point Plan

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 have aggressively increased our adoption capabilities by:

(a) making critical improvements to our Adoption Center. These improvements helped reduce the stress levels of the animals and decreased their length of stay.

(b) employing a team of adoption counselors who work closely with our Behavior Team to learn what kind of home each animal needs, to create happy, lifelong connections between animals and potential adopters.

(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 guardians 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 at

3. Helping Community Cats


Community Cats used to be the highest group of animals “at risk” in our area to be euthanized if they entered 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. Click here to learn more about how our Community Cat program helps cats!

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

puppy-cast 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 Brother Wolf 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. That’s why we’re in the very exciting process of building an Animal Sanctuary!

The new Sanctuary will provide adoptions, volunteer opportunities, and critical care for those dogs and cats so abused and neglected that they require longer term, more specialized rehabilitation. In addition, the Sanctuary will be an educational resource for area youth to learn about our responsibilities to animals, nature, and society. Indeed, we intend for the Sanctuary to be a haven and destination for people from all walks of life to connect with nature and our work for the animals, and to be inspired to do something amazing in their own lives.

The Sanctuary will be located on a majestic, 82.5 acre property in Leicester, NC, just minutes from downtown Asheville. The acreage is a beautiful mix of rolling pasture and mountainside forest, with three natural springs on site. Click here to learn more about our Sanctuary!