You Are NOT Going to Die on Me….


Dear friend,

I wanted you to see this email from one of our awesome foster moms, Winslow. She’s writing about a member of our medical staff, Alissa.

To: Flo Klein <>, Denise Bitz <>
Subject: Alissa

Denise and Flo,

I don’t know if you are aware of the intake of a gravely ill kitten a week ago Sunday that I am currently fostering.  It is likely that you do.  I just don’t know if you know how hard Alissa worked to save this kitten who had weathered soaring temps and thunderstorms as he lay dying in a field.  The kitten had an enormous amount of mites in both ears, maggot eggs on his forehead, an eye infection and a faint heartbeat.  He weighed not more than half a pound.

I had come to the shelter around 2 p.m. to help out and saw Alissa administering care to the kitten saying, “You are NOT going to die on me.”  She spent a good amount of time — all of it necessary — to give him a fighting chance at life.  While Alissa tended to other animals, I held the kitten, stroking him and encouraging it to live.  Since I did this up until closing time, and realized Alissa was going to take him home, I said I would.  I brought “Angel” home to die, as I and everyone else who saw him believed his fate was sealed.  Alissa administered sub Q fluids one more time, and I left intent on holding him until he died.

lazarus-before-afterWell, as you will see from these images, Angel is now Lazarus, as he has been raised from the dead.  Without question, Alissa saved his life.

I marvel at how selflessly everyone at Brother Wolf works under such stressful conditions. I hope you will pass on my high praise to Alissa for her dedication to improving and saving the lives of the animals that come under her care.  I single her out because I witnessed her in action for five hours, and I am quite sure I would find equal dedication among all the rest of the staff if I were there for another stretch of time.

Thank God that all of you care so much about animals and are willing to sacrifice so much of your personal lives for this noble cause.

Very sincerely,

alissa-feeding-puppyThank you, Winslow, for letting us share this heartfelt letter. Alissa is truly an inspiration to work with. She always arrives a little early before her shift starts; she’s always one of the last to leave; and like most all our staff, she’s always taking work home with her. And despite having lots of tough days, she’s always upbeat and positive to work with.

I’m so proud of our whole team- our awesome staff like Alissa, dedicated, thoughtful volunteers like Winslow, here. And dedicated, generous folks like you who make all this work possible with your ongoing support.

It may be hard to believe, but little miracles like little Lazarus here, are part of our everyday at Brother Wolf. With all my heart, I thank you for making all this possible. We could not do this work for the animals without your ongoing support.



Denise Bitz
President and Founder
Brother Wolf Animal Rescue

P.S. If you are interested in becoming part of our foster care team, we need you! Just email for more info.

P.P.S. If you have time this weekend, please stop by the Adoption Center and meet some of the awesome dogs and cats we have available for adoption and foster right now. Hope to see you there.


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