Rescue That Saved NC Wildfire Animals Suffers Loss After One Of Their Facilities Was Broken Into

Only ten days after making the news on ShelterMe as one of the rescues stepping up to save animals caught in the path of the North Carolina wildfires, Brother Wolf Animal Rescue (BWAR) has suffered a loss after one of their facilities was broken into between 6 p.m.Friday night and 8:45 a.m. Saturday morning.

Recent additions Ellie and her puppies were unharmed
Recent additions Ellie and her puppies were unharmed

According to Denise Bitz, president of Brother Wolf, the burglar(s) forced their way into Brother Wolf-Rutherford County, NC Chapter, stealing an iPad, the cash register, about $120 in cash, jewelry and other items from the thrift store the rescue operates to support BWAR.

Their facility was trashed, but thankfully no dogs or cats were injured and none of the medication for the animals was stolen. The iPad was used by the staff to process adoption paperwork and the register was for handling cash transactions at the thrift store. If you’d like to replace these items for BWAR, please do so on their Amazon Wishlist or you can make a donation via their website.

BWAR responded to the break-in on their Facebook page stating

“We will come back stronger from this sad act – for the animals in Rutherford County!”

Brother Wolf, along with Rutherford County, NC Humane Society, has spent the better part of November helping with the rescue of pets caught up in or lost in the wildfires find their way to safety. There’s a very disrespectful person out there, and that person needs to be caught.

No surveillance footage is available. The Rutherford County Sheriff’s department responded and Officer Wilson filed a police report and checked the scene for fingerprints.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call Crimestoppers at 828-286-TIPS (8477).


Elisa Taylor

Elisa’s articles have helped save thousands of the shelter pets she writes about, along with animal welfare and cruelty case articles which are published on as well as her personal website at (National Cat Reporter). Elisa lives with her daughter and a multitude of cats (including one cat­-dog named Cujo). As a writing “addict” Elisa enjoys sharing interesting stories with other animal lovers.