Community Rallies After Thieves Wipe Out Animal Rescue’s Food Supply

Community rallies after thieves steal food from rescue group

On Monday, an animal rescue agency in Asheville, North Carolina, made a devastating announcement. According to Brother Wolf Animal Rescue, thieves had broken into a storage shed in the early morning hours and 2,000 pounds of food was taken.

A video, along with a few words about the terrible loss, was posted to the animal rescue group’s Facebook page:

Good morning friends, we have some pretty sad news to share. Last night, someone broke into our food shed and stole around 2,000lbs of cat, dog, kitten, and puppy food. We are devastated. This food would have fed our shelter animals, kittens and pups in foster, and community cats who are hungry. PLEASE help us restock our supplies. The biggest need is kitten food – we only have two bags for something like 100+ kittens in our system.

In short order, the plea for help was answered by the community. Brother Wolf wrote a Facebook post which expressed gratitude for the generosity shown by area residents:

Tears were flowing freely at the adoption center today. After the horrible shock of finding our shed broken into and around 2,000lbs of pet food stolen last night, we asked you, our beautiful community, to make sure no homeless pets went hungry. And you came. Car by car, bag by bag, the food flooded in all day long.


It’s not an exaggeration to say that we were beside ourselves with shock at the generous outpouring of love. Retired couples, young people, families, recent graduates who bought food with their gift money, local businesses, MANNA FoodBank… and so many more. At times it was so busy we barely had time to thank folks as they came in with a bag over their shoulder and a smile on their face. We were simply in awe and have never seen anything like it.

The incredible response resulted in restocked shelves and a renewed faith in humanity.

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Penny Eims

Penny is a freelance writer who provided content to her National Dog News column at for 8 years. She is a current contributor to Fido Friendly Magazine, as well as a newly formed website, Pet Rescue Report. Penny is married and she has two rescued German shepherds and two kids.