Appalachian Wildlife Refuge

WHAT THEY DO: Rescue. Rehab. Release. Relate. That’s the mission of Appalachian Wild, a nonprofit founded in 2014 to provide care for injured and orphaned native wildlife, support the wildlife rehabilitation network and provide conservation education to the community. Serving nearly 2,000 wild animals in peril each year from counties throughout WNC, Appalachian Wild provides a vital service to the community. If you find orphaned or injured wildlife in need of help, reach out to the Wildlife Emergency Hotline at 828-633-6364 ext. 1 or email


  • The Community Foundation of WNC will match all donations of $25 or more, up to $100 per donor, to any of the Give!Local Animal nonprofits, up to a maximum of $10,000 in matches.


  • Anyone who donates $75 or more will receive their choice of a hat embroidered with the AWR logo or a Back to the Wild package, with a plush animal, display folder, personalized certificate and photo of an animal saved by AWR.
  • Anyone who donates $5,000 or more will have a plaque with their name on it placed on a new wildlife enclosure.


  • Everyone who donates will be entered into a drawing for a gift card to Wake Foot Sanctuary in the Grove Arcade for a soak and 20-minute foot massage.
Appalachian Wildlife Refuge cares deeply about the animals with whom we share our local environment. So do I. Their information is clear, informative and age-appropriate. Their staff is responsive, compassionate and knowledgeable. Their use of donations is specific and shows excellent allocation of funds. I have made AWR my favorite local recipient ... and I’m sure that my beloved neighborhood squirrels would send along gifts if they could!
—Glen E. Rainsley, Appalachian Wild supporter
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