New Animal Rescue Brings Unique Approach and New Ideas

The Animal Rescue of Western North Carolina (TARWNC) is a new 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation located in Asheville.

While TARWNC may be new, founders Tim & Julie Tipton are well known in the animal sheltering circles of WNC having more than 15 years experience in the field. They also have established contacts and excellent working relationships with most area groups including BWAR, Asheville Humane Society, Madison County Animal Services, Yancey Humane Society and many others.

“If people remember just one thing about TARWNC, let it be this: We are not in competition with any shelter or group. Our hope is to become a common link between all area animal shelters. We founded this rescue to help every group,” said the Tipton’s.

Every year 1000’s of healthy, friendly adoptable dogs and cats are needlessly euthanized in Western North Carolina animal shelters. The reason: The shelters get full and there is no place for them and no outlet to place them.

While TARWNC has maintained some facets of a traditional animal rescue using foster home placements, planning transports, adoption events, etc. to save animals, they have also been busy developing a unique information gathering system called PIC (population, intake and census.) TARWNC hopes to collect population, intake and census data from all animal shelters located in the 23 counties comprising WNC on a weekly basis. The sharing of information by the shelters is purely voluntary. But there are have high hopes every organization will participate.

The data can be submitted quickly and easily once a week via a single email. The data will be analyzed and formulated into a report that will be used as a blueprint to focus the group’s efforts and resources to save more adoptable animals. The PIC report will also be shared with all area groups for their use as well.

The situation is more difficulty than people realize.

There currently is no organization or group providing networking or “organized” rescue efforts between shelters. Obviously some relationships do exist, but they are often complicated and informal. While some organizations are not allowed to accept animals from outside their geographic boundaries, others may be, but don’t know who is full and who isn’t. Being a mixture of government entities and nonprofit corporations most shelters have very difference goals, funding levels and philosophical ideologies.

“We completely understand the difference in these organizations. We’ve been there. We are not constrained by county lines, personnel policies or county budgets and we don’t judge other groups by what they have done or are trying to do. Our motto is saving lives by working together. We have a solution to the communication issues between shelters. It’s crucial for every animal welfare organization in WNC to work with us,” said TARWNC President & CEO Tim Tipton.

If you are interested in becoming and area coordinator, fostering, volunteering, donating or just simply learning more visit or call 828-208-1123.

About Shelby Harrell
Shelby Harrell is the editor of the Biltmore Beacon, editor of The Guide arts and entertainment publication and is a staff writer for Mountaineer Publishing. Originally from Asheville, she has worked in journalism for seven years and currently lives in Clyde, NC.