Brother Wolf Competes to Win $75,000 from DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse

Just announced: Brother Wolf Animal Rescue (BWAR) is one of only eight nonprofits selected to compete in the DSW Shoe Lovers Care Leave Your Mark program, eligible to win $75,000.

Brother Wolf Animal Rescue (BWAR) has a chance to win a $75,000 donation from DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse as one of eight finalists selected to compete in the DSW Shoe Lovers Care Leave Your Mark program.

The nonprofit that receives the most votes on will receive a $75,000 donation from DSW. Voting is currently open to the public and participants can vote for Brother Wolf once a day by visiting every for the next 12 days to help them win the funding. The contest ends on June 16 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

"At any given time, we have over 550 orphaned animals in our care," said Denise Bitz, Founder and President of Brother Wolf.

"Since we primarily focus on the animals most at risk in the local shelter system, the dogs and cats in our care typically need medical rehabilitation or behavioral rehabilitation, or both. As a private, non-profit organization, we receive no government funding for our work for the animals. We survive primarily on donations from private individuals."

"The $75,000 award would make a huge, direct impact on our lifesaving programs, including our Help Me Heal fund, our Help Me Learn fund, and our Spay/Neuter Assistance fund."

The DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse Shoe Lovers Care Leave Your Mark contest is a philanthropic program that allows DSW’s employees nationwide to nominate nonprofit organizations they feel passionate about supporting.

In her nomination video, Asheville-based DSW employee Stacy said "I would love for you to give [Brother Wolf] your vote, mainly because of the sense of community that they bring to our town. There is no Asheville without Brother Wolf."

"With the support of our community, I think we stand a good chance of winning the $75,000 for the animals in our care. All it takes is one vote once a day for twelve days, at, and we're inviting our community to vote for us, live, at noon each day of the contest," said Bitz.

"Every vote counts, and can help us save more lives," said Bitz. "It only takes a second to vote, and we'll be making some big announcements that will change the landscape of what's possible as we work to achieve a No Kill community in Asheville and beyond."

"We hope you'll join us June 5th through the 16th and tell all your family and friends to vote for Brother Wolf at," added Bitz.  

About Brother Wolf Animal Rescue

Brother Wolf Animal Rescue, located in Asheville, NC, was founded in 2007 to provide the resources and life-saving programs to build a No-Kill community. As a grassroots organization, BWAR operates a one-of-a-kind adoption center that is open to the public 365 days a year making it easy to adopt, volunteer, and become involved in their No-Kill mission. For more information, visit the Brother Wolf Animal Rescue Facebook page.

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: Brother Wolf Animal Rescue is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, headquartered in Asheville, NC. We are a non-partisan, non-political, animal rescue organization with supporters from all parties. We do not endorse or contribute to any candidates or any political party.

About DSW Inc.

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