Brother Wolf's New No Kill Asheville Campaign Seeks 250 Volunteers Over Thanksgiving Weekend

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Brother Wolf Animal Rescue launches a video and sneak peek of the new No Kill Asheville campaign; seeks 250 volunteers over Thanksgiving weekend to help spearhead new neighbors helping neighbors initiative.

Just in time for Thanksgiving, Brother Wolf Animal Rescue launches a sneak peek of their groundbreaking new campaign and website, No Kill Asheville, with a touching video that illustrates the power of community and what can happen when neighbors come together to help people and pets in need. No Kill Asheville is a volunteer-based program to keep pets healthy, happy, and in their homes and out of the shelter system.

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A short video by Brother Wolf illustrates the No Kill Asheville mission in action, and documents the story of a local man, Duane Hudson, who risked losing his eight dogs after receiving a citation from Animal Control. Working with Brother Wolf volunteers, and a task force including neighbors, a landscape company, a junk removal business, and a local veterinarian, the team worked together to clean up Hudson’s property, making it safe for him to keep his animals healthy and happy at home.

“When I first heard that Animal Control was coming I was afraid that the dogs would be taken away and I didn’t want them to be put down, because they are good dogs,” says Dane's neighbor, Krystal Ann Ellis, in the video.

Had the dogs been seized, the outcome could have been bleak. Several of Duane’s animals are very senior pets, placing them at the highest risk. In the US alone, it’s estimated that 2.7 million healthy, adoptable cats and dogs are put down every year—about one every 11 seconds.

To mobilize No Kill Asheville, Brother Wolf is holding a special No Kill Asheville volunteer drive with a goal of getting 250 volunteers to sign up by the end of Thanksgiving weekend.

No Kill Asheville Volunteers who sign up by 4 pm this Saturday, November 29th, will qualify to win two free tickets to the Hip Hop Circus at the Orange Peel the same night. Volunteers who sign up by Sunday at 4 pm will be entered to win two free tickets to BWAR’s Paws to Give holiday event on December 4th at the Mill Room, featuring live music, hors d’oeuvres, complimentary drink tickets, and a silent auction.

Animal lovers can sign up to volunteer for No Kill Asheville in the following ways:

·     Go to and sign up to volunteer in your neighborhood.

·      Visit Patton Avenue Pet Company's downtown location between 1-4 on Saturday and Sunday, November 29th and 30th. The store will be holding a big sale, and those that sign up to volunteer for No Kill Asheville will get an additional discount. The BWAR adoption team will also be on site with adoptable dogs and cats.

·      The BWAR Adoption Center, which is open 365 days a year, will also hold a volunteer drive and be open all holiday weekend and Thanksgiving day.

Options for volunteering include coordinating and assisting with neighborhood projects, assisting with behavior and training, special event adoptions, and the Community Cats Program. BWAR will contact all volunteers who sign up with options for neighborhood orientations to follow. As a whole, the No Kill Asheville project will officially launch on December 1st.

“No Kill Asheville is an unprecedented effort, but it’s exactly what’s needed to create real, sustainable change,” said Denise Bitz, Founder and President of Brother Wolf Animal Rescue.

“We know we can’t just spay-neuter and adopt our way to No Kill. We need to come together and engage as concerned citizens, and as neighbors, to keep cats and dogs from ever entering the shelter system in the first place.”

“We’re confident that with all us working together, we can achieve a No Kill Asheville—and along the way, we can build a stronger community too,” said 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 grass roots 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.