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BROTHER WOLF ANIMAL RESCUE INC

Together we save lives.

aka Brother Wolf   |   Asheville, NC   |  www.bwar.org

Mission

Brother Wolf Animal Rescue's mission is to better the lives of companion animals and the people who love them.

Ruling year info

2007

Executive Director

Leah Craig Chumbley

Main address

PO Box 8195

Asheville, NC 28814 USA

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EIN

20-8787719

NTEE code info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Brother Wolf Animal Rescue tackles many problems that impact companion animals including: overpopulation, access to affordable spay/neuter surgery, overburdened shelters, pets whose families can no longer care for them, community cats, displaced pets, lost pets, abused or neglected pets, orphaned pets, unwanted and homeless pets, and more.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Adoption/Sheltering

A dedicated team of staff members and volunteers provide daily care, enrichment, training, and medical care to make sure each animal remains physically, emotionally, and mentally healthy. We strive to meet the needs of our animals and our community through enrichment, adoption counseling, behavior support, veterinary care, and a guarantee to always take an animal back into our care if necessary. Brother Wolf Animal Rescue visits rural, overcrowded shelters each week and takes in animals to help them continue their journey towards finding their adoptive homes.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The majority of our animals spent some or all of their time in a loving foster home. Our foster families come from every walk of life to offer space in their hearts and homes to orphaned animals in need. Some fosters specialize in neonatal or senior care, some show patience to behaviorally-challenged animals, some serve as ‘fospice’ caregivers for animals nearing the end of life, and some care for our animals undergoing medical treatment. Thanks to our foster homes, Brother Wolf Animal Rescue is able to impact more animals each year.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Community cats (unowned cats who live outdoors) often represent the largest population of animals euthanized in shelters. Through our Community Cat program, cats are humanely trapped, spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and returned to their outdoor homes where dedicated caretakers make sure they are well cared for with shelter, food, and water. Our Community Cat team also provides food and warm shelters to colony caretakers. When our team traps young kittens, we place them into our adoption program.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Brother Wolf's two mobile spay/neuter clinics offer low-cost spay/neuter to residents of western North Carolina as well as other local animal rescues and shelters. Through the clinics, we are spaying and neutering thousands of animals each year, as well as offering low-cost vaccines, microchips, and disease testing at the time of surgery.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of animals rehomed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Adoption/Sheltering

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Number of animals rehomed through our home-to-home placement program which uses our website to facilitate the rehoming of pets without the pet ever having to come to the shelter.

Number of animal adoptions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Adoption/Sheltering

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of animals vaccinated

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

(had two mobile units in 2020)

Number of animals surrendered by their owner

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Adoption/Sheltering

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Animals who found a safe haven at Brother Wolf Animal Rescue when their owners could no longer care for them. Overtime we'd like to see this number decrease as more animals stay in their homes.

Number of animals spayed and neutered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

(had two surgery units in 2019 & 2020)

Number of pets microchipped

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Represents animals microchipped on our mobile spay/neuter clinics (mostly owned animals).

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Brother Wolf Animal Rescue's mission is to better the lives of companion animals and the people who love them. We aim to place and keep animals in loving homes, to provide affordable spay/neuter to shelters and pet owners, to help overburdened shelters, to advance the human-animal bond, to support community cats through TNR, to keep animals out of the shelter system, to regime pets through home-to-home placement, to engage volunteers and donors in our lifesaving work, to operate an adopters-welcome adoption center, and to engage the public in helping companion animals. We believe in using our resources to positively impact the greatest number of animals possible, which is over 9,000 each year currently. We treat each animal as an individual and work to address their specific needs. We envision a community where all companion animals are valued, cared for and thriving, and where lives are enriched by the special bond between people and pets.

Brother Wolf Animal Rescue works across county lines with the goal of saving the greatest number of lives possible through strategic, creative, and impactful programming.

Adoption: Brother Wolf Animal Rescue uses an adopters-welcome approach to make adoption available to everyone.

Affordable Spay/Neuter: Brother Wolf Animal Rescue operates two low-cost, high quality mobile spay and neuter clinics that work throughout Western NC serving owned pets and shelter pets.

Home-to-Home Placement: Brother Wolf Animal Rescue helps people rehome their pets through an online platform so that the owner can pick the right placement for their animal and so that the animal never has to come to the shelter, making it a less stressful transition for the animal.

Owner Surrenders: Sometimes families are unable to keep their pets. We offer a safe place for that pet to land and are then able to find the animal a new, loving home.

Shelter Transfer Partners: Brother Wolf Animal Rescue partners with municipal shelters across Western NC by taking in animals when those shelters are full/overburdened. We do this so that animals are not euthanized simply due to space and so that animals spend less time in the shelter system as we are often able to get animals adopted out much quicker than our rural partners.

Helping Community Cats: Brother Wolf Animal Rescue takes in semi-social and feral community cats from shelter partners where they would otherwise be euthanized and adopts them out in pairs as working cats (also known as barn cat placements). Brother Wolf also distributes winter housing to community members who care for outdoor colonies of cats.

Specialized Care: Our medical team and our foster network help animals who have special needs such as elderly animals, sick animals, animals with ongoing medical conditions, very young animals, etc. We often take these animals in from municipal shelters who are unable to address these specific needs.

Volunteer and Foster Networks: Thanks to the help of our volunteers and fosters, Brother Wolf Animal Rescue is able to impact many more animals each year than we could do with just our staff alone. In 2020, Brother Wolf Animal Rescue made 1,500 foster home placements and had 605 active volunteer foster homes.

Brother Wolf Animal Rescue is a community-based organization that relies on the generosity of our donors to continue our impactful work for animals. We receive no government funding and grant funds are very limited in animal welfare. Since 2007, Brother Wolf Animal Rescue has relied on the kindness and generosity of our individual donors and business donors to support our lifesaving work.

Brother Wolf Animal Rescue operates an adoption center in the heart of Asheville, NC.

Brother Wolf Animal Rescue operates a thrift store and retail store whose proceeds benefit our programs.

Brother Wolf Animal Rescue has a strong, dedicated, hardworking team of professionals engaged in our work every single day. This team is supported by an even larger team of dedicated volunteers.

Brother Wolf Animal Rescue is governed by a professional board of directors.

In 2007, a group of committed volunteers came together to found Brother Wolf Canine Rescue. The then fledgling nonprofit organization was born out of a desire to save the lives of adoptable dogs who were being euthanized at the local county shelter. At that time, most of the animals entering the county shelter were being euthanized. Brother Wolf started a revolution in Asheville. The momentum built: donors gave, fosters took in animals, volunteers assisted in every facet, a building was secured, staff were brought on, a thrift store was opened, the community stepped up to adopt, and in 2010 the organization changed its name to Brother Wolf Animal Rescue and extended their help to cats and small animals as well. Thousands of people and several organizations came together to save animals’ lives and it made a big difference. In less than a decade, Brother Wolf reached the goal within our county. Buncombe County had become a “no-kill” community, meaning that 90% or more of the animals entering the shelter system had live outcomes such as adoption. What an accomplishment to celebrate!

Brother Wolf Animal Rescue's work is propelled by a deep commitment to better the lives of companion animals and the people who love them. Brother Wolf’s programs are built to respond to our community’s evolving needs and to save the greatest number of animals’ lives possible. Today, Brother Wolf impacts the lives of over 9,000 animals each year through adoption and pet retention programs, two low-cost mobile spay and neuter clinics, lifesaving shelter transfer partnerships, extensive volunteer and foster networks, and a trap-neuter-return program for community cats.

We will continue to be nimble and responsive to the changing needs of animals and their people in Western North Carolina. And we know that one day we will see a community where all companion animals are valued, cared for and thriving, and where lives are enriched by the special bond between people and animals. We know this because we can look back at how far we’ve already come together.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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BROTHER WOLF ANIMAL RESCUE INC

Board of directors
as of 01/19/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Elise Penland

Elise Penland

HomeTrust Bank

Carla Barnard

Carla & Company Realestate

Ryan Coffield

Van Winkle, Buck, Wall, Starnes & Davis, P.A.

McKenzi Shook

Buchanan Construction

Alex Sewell

Pine Gate Renewables

Tommy Dennison

Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce

Jamie Bryan-Whitlock

Embellish Asheville

Shelby Combs

Mission Hospital

Hannah Randall

Armstrong McGuire

Justin Sheaffer

Consolidated Planning

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/19/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data