Here are some resources to help pet parents in our area and beyond.

Pet Help Desk

Brother Wolf’s expert animal behaviorists have curated a comprehensive list of online resources about the most common dog and cat behavior issues for you to use and share. Early intervention is the best way to prevent behaviors from getting out of control, and for helping keep pets healthy and happy in their homes — and out of the local shelter system.

Click below to get started!

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Spay/Neuter Assistance

The Humane Alliance Spay/Neuter Clinic is a state-of-the-art facility conveniently located off Leicester Highway in Asheville, NC. They offer very affordable spaying and neutering, along with testing and vaccinations when an animal is brought in for surgery. Low and no-cost options are often available. Please contact the Humane Alliance directly to learn more! Esterilizacin/Castracin Gratis!

Community Cats

Are there feral cats in your neighborhood that you need help caring for? We’re here for you! Brother Wolf Animal Rescue’s Community Cats program helps local citizens vaccinate and “fix” outdoor cats so that they can no longer reproduce. Volunteers then maintain care and feeding so that the cats can live out their lives in their outdoor homes and not end up in the local shelter system. Learn more about how our Community Cats program helps cats.What We Offer:
– TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return): Free rabies vaccine and spay/neuter surgery for free-roaming cats in Buncombe County. Cats are ear-tipped and returned to their outdoor home.
– Assistance with the trapping efforts, and transport to the Humane Alliance.
– Pet Food Pantry: Free cat food to help you care for your feral colony.
– Neighbor mediation and colony care counseling to help keep your colony safe.
– Winter shelters and straw. Step-by-step instructions on building a simple, inexpensive cat shelter! Call Eric Phelps at (828) 301-3377 or email for more information or help with the ferals in your neighborhood.

Pet-friendly housing

Depending on how many pets you have and your pet’s size or breed, it might take a little extra work to find new housing when you move — but it can be done! Searching online for pet-friendly housing will give you lots of options. If you’re moving and know that you will not be going to pet-friendly housing (ie. living with allergic family/friends, deployment, assisted living) and will have to give up your animal, please realize that most No-Kill shelters have a waiting list for animals to come in. Help us help you by giving us time to find a foster home or a spot in our Adoption Center.

Pet friendly housing in the Asheville area

Create a Resumé for your pet to help with housing restrictions.

Behavioral Support

Are you having trouble with a kitty missing the box or a dog chewing the couch up? In the Asheville area, Pet Behavior Aid offers free help sessions to the public! They also offer high-quality, affordable classes led by professional trainers. Go to for more information. You can also check out the wide range of free resources at our Pet Help Desk (see above).

If you adopted a dog or cat from Brother Wolf and are having behavioral challenges, please contact us at

Routine Medical Care


In the City of Asheville, all dogs with a permanent set of canine teeth ages 6 months or older (whichever comes first) must be registered annually with the city if it will remain in city limits for more than 30 days in a 12 month period. A license must be purchased within 30 days of obtaining the dog if it is applicable for registration. Proof of rabies vaccination is necessary for dogs over 4 months. Annual dog permits cost $10 and information regarding the paperwork and application process can be found and in the city code of ordinances. If the dog is under 6 months without a permanent set of canine teeth, your veterinarian may be able to help you apply for a free license through the Asheville Puppy License Program. Violation of properly registering dogs will result in penalties starting at $50.

Spay/Neuter, Vaccination, and Microchipping Resources:

Vaccinating your pet is crucial to keeping them healthy and preventing high veterinary bills. An annual wellness visit with a veterinarian should not be replaced with attending vaccine clinics.

Any pet owner that has a dog or cat six months or older is required to spay/neuter the animal. The only exceptions are: registered service, working, or police dogs; non-residents of the city that reside temporarily or for a period of less than 30 days; animal shelters or veterinary hospitals; pets that have a licensed veterinarian’s certification that the animal cannot be spayed/neutered due to health and quality of life of the animal. If a pet owner does not want to have their animal spayed/neutered, they must obtain an unaltered permit. This includes a lifetime permit fee of $100. A certificate will be issued that identifies the animal as unaltered and this certificate must be available for inspection at all times.

Pet owners of dogs and cats over 4 months must vaccinate the animal(s) for rabies which will only be administered by a licensed veterinarian or a certified rabies vaccinator. Dogs are required to wear the provided rabies tag at all times. Pets are required to be re-vaccinated to keep immunity in check.

VIP Pet Clinic (various locations): Offers testing, vaccinations, microchipping, and Flea/Heartworm prescriptions.
Meals on Wheels: Pet Food Assistance.
Pet Vet Clinic at Tractor Supply: Low-cost vaccination clinic.
Asheville Humane Society: Low-cost rabies (and additional vaccinations, microchipping) clinics.
Humane Alliance Spay/Neuter Clinic: Low-cost spay/neuter clinic with additional services offered at time of surgery. Serving Buncombe and surrounding counties.
Spay USA: Low-cost spay/neuter programs throughout the U.S.

Emergency Medical Care

117,000 pets are euthanized or forfeited every week in the United States. Most Americans are unaware of this horrible statistic. Thousands of animals die because financial challenges prohibit pet caretakers from rendering emergency and necessary medical care for their animal companions.

View a large list of organization who provide financial assistance here.

Additional Resources:

– is a free crowdfunding site that allows individuals to raise money for expenses
Care Credit: For pet owners to apply for credit to pay vet bills.
Shakespeare Animal Fund: Focusing on senior animals.
Veterinary Care Partnership Program: For IIADP assistance dogs

Breed-Specific Veterinary Care Assistance Programs:

CorgiAid can provide grants for Cardigan Welsh corgis, Pembroke Welsh corgis, and corgi mixes. The dog must be non-aggressive towards animals or humans and spayed/neutered (or as soon as possible).
Special Needs Dobermans is an organization that seeks to provide financial assistance to Dobermans with medical expenses not in private ownership.
Labmed is an organization that provides partial medical assistance funding to rescued Labradors in need.
Labrador Lifeline is an organization that is dedicated to offering assistance to Labrador Retrievers in need. The funding is focused on the quality of life, not the age, of the lab. They will assist purebred labs who are: with a family that cannot provide the required help for the dog’s condition; will be placed in rescue situations; or are at a shelter which Labrador Lifeline has a Memorandum of Understanding in force.
Westimed is an organization that aims to distribute financial aid to injured or ill rescued Westies.


– Another route is to look for groups that help with specific diseases.

Rehome Your Pet

If you need to re-home your pet, we can help! Courtesy Posting on our website (and all adoption sites linked to it) is available for animals who are spayed/neutered and up-to-date on rabies vaccinations. This service is helpful for caretakers who want to ensure their animal goes to the best home, who want to have a voice in the process of screening applicants, and who are willing to keep their pet in the home until a new home is found. Please complete the form at to get started!

Get Your Pet Logo

You don’t have to surrender your pet!

Get Your Pet is an online community that directly connects people
who need to give up a pet with people who want to adopt.
Pet adoption made easy!

Visit to find your pet a new home.

Stray Intake Procedure

Reuniting a stray or lost animal with their family plays an important role in helping to create No-Kill communities and we need your help! When pets wander off or stray away from home, it can be very stressful for both the animals and their human families. By understanding what to do when an animal is found, and reacting quickly and appropriately, you can help make this a smooth reunification process! Please remember that just because an animal doesn’t have a collar or “looks” like he/she is not in the best of shape, doesn’t mean that there is not a loving guardian desperate to find their beloved companion. We are sometimes quick to judge based on an animal’s appearance and we never know the circumstances that led up to the animal becoming lost, stray, or found. If this was your animal, wouldn’t you want the finder to do everything possible to get them home to you? By following the steps on our Stray Intake Procedure Page, you can help Brother Wolf reunite as many animals as possible with their families!

Report Cruelty/Neglect/Abandonment

If you suspect an animal is suffering from cruelty, neglect, or abandonment, please first contact your local animal control services. An authorized police officer or animal control officer will be dispatched to conduct a wellness visit. If you need additional support or believe the animal’s needs are not being met, Brother Wolf employs a Field Operations Manager whose purpose is to further investigate any reports of animal cruelty, and to collaborate with other agencies if/when appropriate to create a resolution to the situation. Complete the Investigation Form and our Field Operations Manager will be in touch. Thank you for looking out for our community’s most vulnerable animals!

Assistance Animals

Service animals have been found to be very beneficial for some children and adults with special needs. Autism Speaks has put together a list of resources to help you learn more about service dogs and connect you with organizations that may be able to help you and your family find a service dog that is right for you.

Assisted Living for Seniors with Pets

Pet ownership can bring plenty of unexpected benefits for seniors. For starters, research shows that older adults who own a dog walk an average of 22 minutes a day more than seniors who don’t have a dog, and pets are even used in therapy techniques to help seniors with mental illness or dementia.

Click here for a guide that carefully examines the benefits and risks of owning a pet in assisted living, as well as what to consider before adopting a pet into an assisted living community. For pet owners who are planning on moving into an assisted living community in the future, this guide includes advice for choosing a pet-friendly assisted living community and a directory that allows you to research pet-friendly assisted living options in your area.