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In life, sometimes a second chance is all we really need to create a new path forward and at the Swannanoa Correctional Center for Women near Black Mountain, the New Leash on Life is all about second chances. This innovative program, coordinated by case manager Kim Owenby, pairs inmates with shelter dogs looking for their second chance and together they are learning how to begin again.

New Leash on Life was created to allow minimum and medium custody state prisons to work with local animal shelters, rescue groups, and other animal welfare organizations to help train and prepare dogs for adoption. Only two dogs at a time enter the program during each training cycle. According to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety website, 1,231 dogs have completed the New Leash on Life program since it began in 2008 and 1,136 have been adopted. Mike Gregory, Assistant Superintendent of Programs reports 32 were graduates from the Swannanoa facility. 

Last month, William and Wendy, a bonded pair of 4-year old beagle mixes from Charlie’s Angels Animal Rescue in Fletcher arrived at the facility as the newest members of the program. For the next 12 weeks they will work with two specially chosen inmates who will teach them basic obedience skills, walking on and off leash, and maybe even a trick or two. Together they will also work on overcoming any social or behavioral issues the dogs may have, like guarding or aggression, that may be barriers to being adopted. According to Kim Smith, President of Charlie’s Angels Animal Rescue, “this program enables us to rescue dogs who may have some issues and get them the training they need so they can be adopted into a forever home”.

William and Wendy will each be assigned to an inmate “trainer” as well as a back up trainer so there is no gap or down time in their 12-week training schedule. At night the pair sleep nearby in kennels in the women’s dormitory. “Being able to work with the dogs helps relieve some of the stress of prison life for the women.” says Gregory. “They are away from their families and this program helps them deal with that by focusing on the dogs.” For the women, the program also means they can be learning a skill that can benefit them when they are released. With the help of a professional trainer from the community, the inmate partners learn training techniques that can then be applied to the two apprenticeship programs available through the Department of Labor where inmates can receive certified training that will help them find jobs upon their release as a Certified Trainer or an Animal Care Provider.

“New Leash on Life is an excellent program and we are excited and pleased to be working with Charlie’s Angels Animal Rescue. We look forward to a long relationship with the organization.”






Thank you for visiting our web site!

We invite you to learn more about Charlie's Angels Animal Rescue and our mission to save adoptable dogs and cats from area shelters.

Why do we do what we do? Every year, hundreds of dogs and cats end up at area animal shelters here in Western North Carolina.  Some are strays and some are abandoned by the very people they loved and trusted to care for them.

Without Charlie's Angels, nearly all of these innocent animals would be euthanized or left to die alone.

We are a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to rescuing these homeless, abandoned, neglected, and often abused animals. Some are immediately placed in a foster home, some are brought to Safe Haven, our kennel located in Fletcher, NC. From there, we host local adoption events and we work with other rescue groups in the northeast who accept many of our local dogs and cats and find loving homes for them. Thanks to this cooperative effort, there are dogs and cats that we rescued who are living in loving homes in Pennsylvania, New York, Georgia, and as far away as Canada. Some have gone on to do amazing things, like a Treeing Walker Hound named Boomer who is now working as a search and rescue dog in Canada.

What does CAAR do?
Every animal rescued by CAAR is seen by a vet, vaccinated, tested for heart worms, treated for any medical conditions, and spayed or neutered. We care for each of the animals until they are either adopted locally or transported to another rescue group.

If you are interested in adopting any of our rescues, click on the Adopt tab above for information about our available pets along with the necessary adoption forms. If you aren't able to adopt at this time, we encourage you to consider becoming a Foster. Foster homes play a vital role in keeping animals safe and secure while a rescue or adoption arrangement is made.

There are also lots of ways to help out as a volunteer. Click on this link to complete a Volunteer application, or drop us an email for more information.

To read about just some of our amazing success stories, read  Happy Tails. And for up to date information about events and news items, visit our News page and our Blog.

Every quarter we produce an e-newsletter that is full of all kinds of information and it's FREE! To receive your copy, click here now.

All of this is accomplished with volunteers. There is no paid staff and as a 501(c)3 organization we rely entirely on grants, donations, and adoption fees.

Please consider helping us by volunteering your time and making a donation....or by giving one of rescue animals a loving “furever” home with you.


Charlie's Angels Program Could Help Homeless Dogs Nationwide.

Have you noticed that Charlie's Angels' innovative foster/adoption program with the Aloft Hotel Asheville Downtown has been making national headlines? For instance, Charlie's Angels and the program are featured in the Feb. 23 issue of People Magazine. We've also been highlighted by NBC Nightly News, Fox News Network, the Meredith Vieiera Show and in newspapers and on web sites all over the nation and world, from Dallas, TX to Taipei, Taiwan and everywhere in between.

We're very proud of our partnership with the Aloft and the success of this one-of-a-kind program, which has led thus far to 20 of Charlie's Angels dogs finding loving homes.  And we're very thankful to the volunteers who have helped make this happen, including Rick Wilson for his creative vision.

But what we are most proud of is the fact that hotels and rescues from New York, South Carolina, Texas, California, West Virginia, and Florida have contacted us hoping to replicate our program, which could lead to hundreds of additional dogs all around the country being adopted by loving families.

For example, when the McKibbon Hotel Group, which owns the Asheville Aloft, opens a new Aloft Hotel in Greenville, SC later this year, they will be launching a similar program.  We've been talking regularly with the rescue in Greenville that will be partnering with this Aloft so they have all the tools to make their program as successful as ours has been.

We hope you are as excited by this as we are.  We are accomplishing all of this with no staff and very limited funds.

So if you'd like to help us continue to make this initiative a great success, please consider making a donation today.  We need your assistance now more than ever.  You can DONATE quickly and safely by visiting our website. Remember that 100% of all donations goes directly to the care of our rescues.  You can also help by donating your time to VOLUNTEER or FOSTER

PS: Also consider sharing this email or grabbing a copy of People Magazine and showing all of your friends about our great work. Help us spread the word.

Thank you!
Kim Smith
President, Board of Director






"Dogs are special; they are a special friend who dispels your loneliness and leaves your solitude intact."

---Robert Brault

Special Thanks to Lisa Stone Photography