Letter writer: Asheville is lucky to have Brother Wolf

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I recently came across the article “Paw Patrol: WNC Groups Help Rescue Hundreds of Animals after Hurricane Matthew,” published on Oct. 26 [Xpress]. As a volunteer with Brother Wolf, I feel very proud and lucky to live in a community with such a progressive organization.

Brother Wolf Animal Rescue, as with all of the animal rescue groups in Asheville, makes this a compassionate town for both people and animals. Reading about their search-and-rescue efforts after Hurricane Matthew and how families affected by [it] didn’t even ask how their house looked — instead they asked if their dog or cat companion was OK — really shows just how strong the bond is between animals and people.

Volunteers working 14-16 hours a day to recover 400 animals since Hurricane Matthew struck is truly awe-inspiring.

With their “uncompromised compassion” commitment to animals, Brother Wolf offers free spay/neuter assistance, a pet food pantry, as well as assistance for behavioral issues. And with the Brother Wolf sanctuary set to open soon, the number of animals that will be saved will only increase tenfold, and the important educational outreach to the community will continue to thrive.

As a vegan and a volunteer with Brother Wolf, I want to thank all of the staff, volunteers and donors for their hard work in making Brother Wolf an organization on the forefront of animal rescue.

For more information on Brother Wolf and how to donate to their search-and-rescue efforts, you can go here: http://www.bwar.org/

— Michelle Neff


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7 thoughts on “Letter writer: Asheville is lucky to have Brother Wolf

  1. Snowflake (Social Justice Worrier)

    Something I didn’t know is that BW does not accept stray animals.

    • Big Al

      So-called “no kill” shelter organizations are very picky about what animals they take in, namely the ones the are fairly certain they can find homes for. Animals that are unlikely to be adoptable (or sellable) are rejected. This artificially inflates their percentage of adopted animals to 100%, while those they reject are taking in by the county shelters which must euthanize the 80% or so that are not adopted. So while “no kill” shelters croon about how superior they are by not euthanizing any animals, they are in fact dooming many rejected animals to euthanization by other entities.

      Quite a PR feat, or more accurately, a SCAM.

      • Snowflake (Social Justice Worrier)

        I didn’t know that. The reason they gave me when I took a stray there was that strays could be someone’s pet, and they didn’t want to put someone’s pet up for adoption. OK, whatever. Worked out well in my case as the stray became best friends with my pet.

      • Huhsure

        Don”t tar them all with the same brush. You do a disservice to the great work that BW has been doing, as evinced by the letter above.

      • The Real World

        Big Al – I get your point and think it’s important that you articulated it just so that people know how things work.

        I’d have to think about it some more but, at the present, I don’t really have a problem with the way they do it. BW truly is between a rock and a hard place in dealing with SO MANY animals.

        BOTTOMLINE: people need to spay and neuter their pets. Period! (Unless an owner has specific plans to breed.) Too many animal owners in lovely WNC have not gotten that memo. Expense is no excuse as there are many low-cost opportunities and money is part of pet ownership……food, shots, etc.

        Fix your pets and lean on others who resist it! Thank you.

        • boatrocker

          I think Bob Barker covered that already as a post Price is Right PSA.

          Too bad human females, with their pesky self determination cannot prevent unwanted pregnan

          • boatrocker

            hey- I wasn’t finished!

            pregnancies for having to have a prescription to not have unwanted kids but not needing a prescription to buy an AR-15.

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