Humphrey said the Brother Wolf Animal Rescue organization will also be presenting the Carter County government with its “Excellence in Leadership” award in recognition of the county’s achievements at its shelter since July.
The announcement comes at an opportune time for the mayor. Humphrey has been criticized by former shelter volunteers who have not been allowed to donate time and labor since July, while an audit by the Tennessee Comptroller’s Office is being conducted.
The closure of the shelter to volunteers has been a hot topic at several Carter County and Elizabethton governmental meetings over the past two months.
On Tuesday, Humphrey said he had just received word Brother Wolf would be presenting the award. He said the nonprofit organization was “very impressed with the level of leadership my office and the county administration has shown regarding upgrading our facilities and operations.”
Brother Wolf Animal Rescue is a no-kill organization founded in 2007 to provide the resources and life-saving programs to build a no-kill community in Asheville. It operates an adoption center that is open to the public 365 days a year, making it easy to adopt and volunteer.
In addition to its Asheville operations, Humphrey said Brother Wolf has worked with communities in the Carolinas, Virginia, Georgia and Tennessee for the past 10 years.
Humphrey said the organization’s founder, Paul Berry, was impressed with “the quality of leadership and follow-through in Carter County government.” Humphrey said Berry told him Carter County had raised the bar for municipal shelter operations standards for facilities of comparable size.
Humphrey said Carter County has been chosen by Brother Wolf as a site where it will be “implementing and overseeing new volunteer, rescue and foster programs at the shelter at no charge to Carter County and the city of Elizabethton.”
He said Brother Wolf works with local volunteers and rescue groups in partnership with municipal animal care and control operations.
Humphrey said Berry and Denise Bitz, the founder and president of Brother Wolf, will attend the March meeting of the Carter County Commission to present the leadership award.