Paul Berry is the Executive Director of Brother Wolf Animal Rescue:
Over 25 years ago, my wife and I left the corporate world behind to do something meaningful with our lives. We started an organization called Southern Animal Foundation in New Orleans, which offered a mobile spay/neuter clinic to low-income families. While in New Orleans, we also started the Big Easy Feral Cat Project to organize and empower the locals who were taking care of an untold number of cats. From there, I went on to work with SNAP, a national group that provided free spay/neuter surgeries in key areas around the country. Next, we moved to Utah and I became the CEO of Best Friends Animal Society where we ran the largest (and longest) Katrina rescue operation in the country; we rescued and rehabilitated the dogs of Michael Vick and changed the perception of pit bulls across the world; we produced the National Geographic show Dog Town; conducted an international rescue of over 300 dogs and cats, after the only Lebanon animal shelter was bombed; and rescued over 600 starving cats in Pahrump, NV (which led to a complete redesign of how shy cats are treated and rehabilitated). Next, I served as Executive Director of Alley Cat Allies, a national cat advocacy group. After arriving in Asheville with my family, I began volunteering at Brother Wolf, helping Denise Bitz with board development and strategic planning. It soon became clear that my background and the future plans of Brother Wolf were complimentary and I joined the organization. In my free time, I enjoy riding my motorcycle, camping, and spending time my family, which includes 2 teenage daughters, 5 cats and 4 dogs.