Frequently Asked Questions

We want to get you started on the right foot! Check out a list of FAQs here. You can also reach our volunteer coordinator at or by phone at 828-575-2699 if you need additional help.

tree-generations-of-volunteers-mother-girl-grandmothercats Volunteer Opportunities:

  • At the Adoption Center greeting visitors, answering phones, and helping with paperwork
  • At the Adoption Center working with the animals
  • Sort and price items at our Second Chances Thrift Stores (South/Central and West locations)
  • Help at offsite Adoption Events throughout WNC (email for more information)
  • Play fetch in the dog park or walk dogs around our neighborhood
  • Participate in our Outward Hounds Hiking Program
  • outward-hounds-at-chimney-rock-smHelp transport animals to veterinary appointments, pickup from shelters, and more (local and long-distance needed; email for details)
  • Become a Foster Parent
  • Become a member of our rapid response team (email
  • Take a shift at PetSmart of Petco to care for adoptable cats and kittens who temporarily stay there
  • And many more!

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Brother Wolf Animal Rescue is always looking for qualified interns to help further our life-saving programs. We accept interns year-round in many of our departments. Please see our complete list of internships, and full details, here!

Volunteer Opportunities

Here are some exciting ways to get more involved with our Volunteer Team at Brother Wolf! If you have questions about any of these volunteer positions, please email our Volunteer Coordinator.

haley-smith-volunteer-offsite-adoption-event-MastAdoption Events

Off-site adoption events are an essential part of Brother Wolf’s mission. It is important for the organization to get out into the community to get animals adopted, educate the public, to fundraise, and to spread awareness about the organization. If you are interested in being an Adoption Event Leader, please email for more information.

Adoption Center Greeter

The Adoption Center Greeter addresses the needs of potential adopters, helps new volunteers, and eases the workload of the staff on busy days. One minute you might be unloading donations, the next minute showing a volunteer how to fold laundry. You won’t get bored! The right person would be an active volunteer over 18 years old that knows his or her way around the adoption center.

Outward Hounds Hiking Club


Just like so many other programs at Brother Wolf, the Outward Hounds Hiking Club continues to be hugely successful. We are in need of some more volunteers to sign up to be hike leaders. The type of volunteer we are looking for is someone that is both dog savvy and knows their way around many of our local hiking trails.

A hike leader is responsible for making sure that each hiker has a dog that suits their skill level and to make sure that each hiker has a basic knowledge of dog hiking etiquette.

To become a hike leader you need to be an active volunteer, you need to have taken our Harnessing Brother Wolf Dogs Class, you must be 21, and you must attend at least four Outward Hounds Hikes before you can begin leading. In addition to being dog savvy, you will also need to be comfortable dealing with groups of people.

We offer the hikes on Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday mornings at 10am. If those days do not fit with your schedule, we are open to offering more hikes throughout the week at different times. Email for more information. Hikes are moderately difficult and about 3 or 4 miles long. Be sure to wear good hiking shoes/clothing and bring water.

cute-kids-class-school-visitGroup Visits

Here at Brother Wolf Animal Rescue, we get a tremendous amount of requests from schools, group homes, churches, etc that would like to bring a group to volunteer. A Group Visit Leader would be trained to give tours to these groups and to get them going on volunteer tasks such as dishes, laundry, and sweeping. To become a Group Visit Leader you need to be an active volunteer over 18 that is comfortable managing groups of up to 12 volunteers.

Front Desk Volunteer

In many ways, the Front Desk Volunteers are the face of Brother Wolf. When someone walks through the doors of our adoption center, it’s the front desk volunteers that greet them and give them their first impression of BWAR. A Front Desk Volunteer answers also phones, responds to emails and assists the Brother Wolf staff with adoptions. The right person would be an active volunteer over 18 with excellent customer service skills.

wendy-and-melissa-with-chuck-smCat Socialization

Members of the AdvoCat Team work with cats and kittens to make sure they get plenty of exercise and mental stimulation. The AdvoCat Team Members also create items such as hammocks and toys to make the cats stay more comfortable until they are adopted. To join the AdvoCat Team you must be an active volunteers that loves cats.