Our No-Kill Philosophy

At Brother Wolf Animal Rescue, we work to save the lives of as many animals as possible. Each year, because of supporters like you, we are able to positively impact over 9,000 animals. We never euthanize an animal due to space or length of stay. We use euthanasia as a compassionate, end-of-life decision when an animal is suffering from a severe medical or behavioral condition or is a danger to other animals or people.


The common benchmark for measuring whether a shelter is No-Kill is a live outcome rate of at least 90% of the animals entering the shelter.  At Brother Wolf, we make decisions based on what is best for the animals in our care and for the safety of our community, not percentages. You can see our annual outcome reports here.


To us, No-Kill means that we do our absolute best to ensure a live outcome. We consider the animal’s quality of life, community safety, and whether it’s realistic to manage aggressive or difficult behaviors or health conditions in a home without risk to people or other animals.

North Carolina is one of the worst states in the country for the euthanasia of shelter animals according to a national study. We’re working to change that by saving the greatest number of lives possible and by going above and beyond for each animal in our care.


We hope you’ll join us in this effort!