We are proud to be one of the few “No – Kill” shelters in the United States. The “No – Kill” policy ensures that we do not euthanize animals on a routine basis in order to make room for other animals. Animals are euthanized only when they are considered unadoptable. Animals are considered unadoptable when the animal exhibits aggressive or biting behavior, health issues involve animal suffering, or when the cost to maintain health would interfere with the organization’s ability to help more animals.

Since inception in 1977, Great River Rescue has helped over 10,000 animals with a second chance at life. We are very proud of these and other efforts which have made our dream a reality and now allows us to provide even greater quality service for more than 300 animals per year.


Our Facility

We built our current facility in 2000. Mike Hesch, from Hesch Construction, volunteered his services for this project, and we are eternally grateful for his generosity. The Humane Society was able to raise $165,000 of the necessary $225,000 for the project. A loan was taken out for the remaining costs, which is slowly being paid off, largely by donations. If you would be able to help our shelter by making a tax-deductible donation or by volunteering, please know your help is greatly appreciated and needed.


Mission Statement

Great River Rescue is committed to serving the best interest
of the animals we strive to protect.


Vision Statement

Great River Rescue is dedicated to operating an animal shelter for the purpose of finding a quality forever home for each animal we serve, encouraging a community of responsible companion animal guardians, eliminating the community’s need to euthanize dogs and cats as a means of population control, and promoting a society where companion animals become more valued.”



Great River Rescue strives to build and maintain partnerships with businesses and community organizations.  We know that together we can help build a better and stronger community.  Click here to learn more about our partnerships.


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The Cost of Adopting

Yes, Great River Rescue charges an adoption fee.  But, did you know that we lose money with every adoption?  Did you know that we receive NO funding from the city or county to help care for companion animals?  On average, we spend about $500 on every animal that we help.  At the same time, we only charge an average adoption fee of $125.  That means that we lose money with every adoption!  We depend on the support of our community members to continue to provide the best care possible for all animals in need.


Important Documents & Statistics

2017 Tax Return

Strategic Plan Document

2017 Annual Report

Current Shelter Statistics

Shelter Newsletters