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 mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians in peril each year from counties through- out WNC, Appalachian Wild provides a vital service to the community. If you find orphaned or injured wildlife in need of help, call the Emergency Wildlife Hotline at 828-633-6364, ext. 1, or send an email to wildlife@ Supporting Appalachian Wild helps save wild lives!


  • Each donor who gives $50 or more will receive a “Back to the Wild” package, which includes a plush animal of a native species (squirrel, rabbit, beaver, frog, etc.) and a certificate highlighting the species and thanking them for their support.


  • The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina will match your contribution to any of the 2020 Give!Local animal welfare organizations. CFWNC’s total contribution is limited to $7,000.


  • Every donor giving $25 or more to Appalachian Wildlife Refuge will be entered into a drawing for a private birding day trip with Ventures Birding Tours.
Appalachian Wild’s commitment to caring for injured and orphaned animals is a vital and necessary part of sustaining and strengthening the wilderness that we see and enjoy around us every single day.
—Catherine Nash Gay, owner of Diamond Brand