Appalachian Wildlife Refuge

WHAT THEY DO: Rescue. Rehab. Release. Relate. That’s the mission of Appalachian Wildlife Refuge, a nonprofit funded by community support. Founded in 2014, AWR provides care for injured and orphaned native wildlife and offers conservation education. Serving up to 2,000 mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians in peril each year from counties throughout WNC, AWR provides a vital service to the community. If you find orphaned or injured wildlife in need of help, email or leave a message at 828-633-6364, ext. 1, and a member of the Wildlife Emergency Hotline team will reach out to help!


  • Donations of $100+ will be matched with in-kind gifts of supplies to save wildlife in need up to $1,000 in value.


  • Anyone who donates $50+ will receive a symbolic adoption 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+ will have a plaque with their name on it placed on a new wildlife enclosure.


  • Anyone who donates will be entered into a drawing to win a tubing trip for two with Zen Tubing.
Appalachian Wildlife Refuge isn’t just saving animals, they’re saving our ecosystem and our future. AWR’s critical care of orphaned and injured wildlife creates ripples that impact all of our lives, human and animal alike.
—Izzy Mayfield
GL Animal Collage