Local animal shelters dream big in 2012

Photo by Zuzi Camarata

Animal rescue organizations throughout the region are taking on big challenges in 2012, and the Asheville Humane Society and Brother Wolf Animal Rescue are no exception. The Asheville Humane Society found homes for more than 4,000 animals last year and hopes to break that record in 2012.

Both organizations have noteworthy goals for 2012, including donation drives, fundraising celebrations and creative ways to connect the community with pets in need. On Saturday, Jan. 28, the Asheville Humane Society will host Foster-palooza, an annual event for local families interested in becoming foster parents. While adults learn about the joys of fostering an animal, kids can make dog and cat toys at this all-day event.

If you want to do your part, but don’t have the time or resources to become a foster parent, Brother Wolf Animal Rescue has plenty of opportunities to lend a hand. The organization will once again host its Run for the Paws 5K, a Spay-Ghetti and No Balls Dinner and the always popular Drag Queen Bingo. BWAR will continue transporting stray dogs that can’t find homes to shelters in the Northeast iwith capacity for additional animals.

“In 2012, Brother Wolf Animal Rescue is aiming big,” says BWAR executive director Denise Bitz. “In addition to strengthening our Northern transport program and helping the public care for and spay or neuter their pets, we'll be working tirelessly to find homes for a record 3,000 dogs and cats.”

Help stray animals this year at the Asheville Humane Society, 14 Forever Friend Lane in Asheville (http://www.ashevillehumane.org) and Brother Wolf Animal Rescue, 31 Glendale Ave. in Asheville (http://www.bwar.org).


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