Business Sponsorship

At Great River Rescue we are grateful for all the businesses in the area that partner with us.  There are dozens of businesses that sponsor events, donate items for raffles, hold supply drives, keep doggy banks, and more.  For more information about all the businesses that supported us in 2016, check out this blog entry: Thank you Bemidji Area Businesses

In 2017, we hope to partner with even more businesses than ever before.  We can’t continue to provide high quality care for shelter pets without community support, and we know there are lots of awesome businesses in the community that we want to support too!  Throughout the year, we will use this webpage to highlight all the businesses that are making a difference for shelter pets in 2017.  We will also highlight businesses through our social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.  Our Facebook page has over 3,000 followers and it is growing which will give our business supporters plenty of exposure!

Event Sponsorship

Events for which we are seeking sponsors include the Furr Bowl, Walk for Animals, 40th Anniversary, Golf Tournament, Fall Harvest Dinner, and Give to the Max Day.

Sponsorship Levels-

$500 or more =  Headline Sponsor: Includes large business logo on online event page, flyer and television ad.  Your business will be promoted on our Facebook event page, website, and newsletter.  Your business will also be promoted as a Headline sponsor at the event.

$100 or more = Community Sponsor: Includes small business logo on online event page, flyer and television ad.  Your business will be promoted on our Facebook event page, and newsletter.  You will also be promoted as a Community sponsor at the event.

Less than $100 or in-kind contribution = Caregiver Sponsor: Includes your business will be promoted on our Facebook event page.  You will be promoted as a Caregiver sponsor at the event.

Businesses Sponsoring Events:

Walk for Animals

Headline Sponsor – Paul Bunyan Communications

Community Sponsors

  • Eagle Vista Ranch
  • City of Kelliher Liquor Store
  • Ace Hardware
  • Pets Plus
  • Harmony Coop
  • First National Bank
  • Lakes Concrete
  • Lepier Shoreline & Outdoors
  • TruStar Federal Credit Union
  • Spinal Health Professionals
  • Sara Labraaten State Farm Insurance
  • Knife River Materials
  • John Latourelle Photography
  • Mix 103.7

Other Sponsors

  • Target of Bemidji
  • Petopia
  • Naylor Heating & Refrigeration
  • Lucky Dogs
  • Raphael’s Bakery
  • Culvers

Furr Bowl

Headline Sponsor – Paul Bunyan Communications

Community Sponsors –

  • Marco
  • Beltrami Electric
  • Bemidji Driving School
  • Bonded Lock & Key
  • The Picket Agency
  • First National Bank
  • Spinal Health Professionals
  • Amity Graphics
  • Higgins Heating
  • Health Star and First Nations Home Health
  • Pet Zone
  • Mix 103.7

Thanks to the artists of Gallery North for the specially designed bowling pin trophies!

Fall Harvest Dinner

Headline Sponsor – Paul Bunyan Communications

Gold Paw Sponsor – TEAM Industries

Other Support:

  • Raphael’s Bakery
  • Lueken’s Village Foods
  • Marketplace Foods
  • The Acoust Hicks
  • The Bemidji Eagles Club
  • Sadek’s Repair & Welding
  • Olson Schwartz Funeral Home
  • Jeremiah Downs Insurance Agency
  • Acme Transport, LLC
  • TEAM Industries
  • Drahos, Kieson and Christopher
  • The Babe City Rollers

Cover our Bills Promotion

Donating to pay for specific shelter needs is a great way to ensure your contribution is being put directly to use, and for us to tell the community about your support.  We’ll use social media, our website, and our newsletter to let the community know about what you’ve done.  Below are some examples of costs you can cover:

Cover one full day of expenses to run the shelter – $663
Pay our Electric Bill – $500
Pay for one week of Spay/Neuter Surgeries- $300
Pay for one month of cat litter supplies – $100
Pay for one animal’s vaccines and preventive care- $50

Donating to our Emergency Care Fund

We often take in animals with special medical needs.  It can be challenging to secure the funds for these special cases.  If you like, you can designate your giving for animals in these situations.  When that animal receives care, we will let the community know what you’ve done and send you updates.  Suggested contribution- $250

Conducting Theme Days/Months

We want fundraising to be fun, and relate directly to your business.  Create a theme day, week or month that relates to your business and supports Great River Rescue.  For example, hold “Dog Days of Summer” and every time the temperature reaches 90 degrees in July or August commit to give a percentage of your sales that day.

We would also be happy to assist you with a Pet “Destress Day.”  We can bring adoptable pets to your business, and your employees could visit with the pets for a “fee” which will benefit the shelter.

Finally, 2017 is Great River Rescue’s 40th Anniversary!  You could run a promotion which highlights the anniversary.  For example, for every 40th product sold, those proceeds will be donated to the shelter.

We would love to be part of your theme day and make it successful.  Please let us know what you plan to do, and we’ll help get the word out to the community!

2018 Rescue Calendar Sponsorship

Great River Rescue is teaming up with Amity Graphics and Photography by Trish to produce, print, and sell a special rescue pet-themed calendar during the year.  We are seeking business partners to promote both animal adoption, and the many services our community has to offer.  See below for sponsorship details:

Gold Sponsor – $500

Benefits – Large business logo, short slogan and contact information printed on the page for the month of your choosing (based on availability).  Professional photo session with your pet and highlight of your pet’s story on your month of sponsorship.  You will receive a 16” x 20” print to display at your business.  Within that month, you may also highlight a particular event or anniversary.

Silver Sponsor – $250

Benefits- Large business logo, short slogan and contact information printed on the page for the month of your choosing (based on availability).

Day Sponsor  – $30

Benefits – Highlight a particular event or anniversary on the day of your choosing (based on availability).

Great River Rescue will also be getting the community involved in this project.  Adopters and other animal lovers will be given the opportunity to submit photos and stories of their rescue pets.  Stories that receive the greatest number of Facebook “likes” will be invited to a special photo session with Photography by Trish and their story will be highlighted in our calendar.

We plan on selling these calendars throughout Bemidji and Northern Minnesota.  Your partnership will be important to raising funds and continuing to provide high-quality care for shelter pets!

Thank you Calendar Sponsors:

Project Sponsors

  • Photography by Trish
  • Amity Graphics

Gold Sponsors

  • Lucky Dogs
  • Animal Care Clinic
  • Great River Design
  • Great River Rescue Board of Directors

Silver Sponsors

  • Pet Zone
  • MedSave Family Pharmacy
  • Bemidji Dental Clinic

Bronze Sponsors

  • Evolve Creative
  • Morell’s Chippewa Trading Post
  • Furry Friend’s Grooming
  • First National Bank Bemidji
  • Keye2Green

Other Ways to Support Us!

Other ways to support us!

  • Maintain a doggy bank at your store to allow visitors to contribute
  • Hold a monthly supply drive for needed shelter items
  • Host your own fundraiser – We’ve got a toolkit available for you on our website:

Businesses/Organizations/Entities that have provided other support…

  • Bethel Lutheran Church
  • Marco
  • Paul Bunyan Communications
  • Mix 103.7
  • Photography by Trish
  • Paul Bunyan Broadcasting
  • Lueken’s Village Foods North & South
  • Dearholt Tax and Accounting
  • Big Apple Bagels
  • DSG Supply Group
  • Target of Bemidji
  • Fuller Wallner, Attorneys at Law
  • 71-Mart
  • Bi-County Cap
  • Security Bank
  • Grant Valley Township
  • Port Hope Township
  • Roosevelt Township
  • Turtle Lake Township
  • Erbert & Gerberts
  • Northern Dental Access Center
  • Zetah Construction
  • Acme Transport
  • Becida Bar
  • Beehive Liquors
  • Bemidji Garden Club
  • Bemidji Movie Theater
  • Bemidji Pioneer
  • Bemidji Town & Country Club
  • Bemidji Welders
  • Bemidji Woolen Mills
  • Carpentar & Wangberg, PA
  • Chester Berg Toyota
  • Coca Cola Bottling
  • Corner Bar
  • Corner Sports
  • Country Kitchen
  • Culvers
  • Dave’s Pizza
  • Downs Insurance and Investment Services
  • Bemidji Eagles Club
  • Fade Masters
  • Fireside Grill & Patio
  • Forest Edge Winery
  • Giovanni’s Pizza
  • Glass Doctor
  • Hair Naturally
  • Harmony Foods Coop
  • Jimmy Johns
  • Keg n’ Cork
  • Keith’s Pizza
  • Kenny’s Clark & Goodyear
  • L & M Fleet
  • Lazy Jacks
  • Northern Liquors
  • Northland Fishing & Tackle
  • Northwest Tire
  • Nortrax
  • Olson-Schwartz Funeral Home
  • Paul Bunyan Sub Shop
  • Pete’s Place West
  • Pike Hole
  • Pizza Hut
  • Sadek’s Tire & Repair
  • Sadie Rae’s Quilt Shop
  • Scentsy
  • Schummer’s Backwoods Bar
  • Slim’s Bar & Grill
  • Solway Bar & Grill
  • Southside Restaurant
  • The Least of These
  • Toddy’s Pub & Grill
  • Wilton Liquor Store
  • Wells Technology Incorporated

Please call us at 751-7910 or email Brandon at to learn more about partnering with Great River Rescue.