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. To see all the businesses that supported us in 2017, click the following link | Business Support List 2017

In 2018, 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 2018.  We will also highlight businesses through our social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.  Our Facebook page has over 3,500 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, 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

Event Sponsors – Security Bank USA, First National Bank of Bemidji

Community Sponsors – Ace Hardware, Knife River Materials, Naylor’s Heating and Refrigeration, Sara Labraaten State Farm Insurance, LePiers Shoreline & Outdoors, Lakes Concrete, Garden Grill & Pub, Pets Plus, TruStar Federal Credit Union

Other Sponsors – Petopia, Canine Divine, Target

Furr Bowl

Headline Sponsor: Paul Bunyan Communications

Lane Sponsors: Beltrami Electric Cooperative, Bemidji Driving School, Marco, UpNorth Kenneling Alternative, First National Bank Bemidji, Bonded Lock & Key, Higgins Heating, The Pickett Agency, Amity Graphics, and Pet Zone

Fall Harvest Dinner

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.

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!

2019 Adoption Calendar Sponsorship

Our 2018 Calendar was so successful, that we’re doing it again this year! 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.  Photos that get the greatest number of votes will win a photo session with Photography by Trish and get their pet highlighted in the 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!

Please confirm your sponsorship by May 1 to be listed on the online photo contest. Confirm sponsorship by September 1 to be included in the final printing of the calendars.

Headline Sponsor – Photography by Trish, Amity Graphics

Gold Sponsors – North Central Door Company, Great River Design

Silver Sponsors – First National Bank Bemidji, Pet Zone

Bronze Sponsors – Morell’s Chippewa Trading Post, Laura’s UpNorth Kenneling Alternative, Ace Hardware, Higgin’s Heating, Furry Friends Grooming

Sponsor our Newsletter

Each quarter, we send out a print newsletter to hundreds of animal lovers in the Bemidji community.  It costs about $500 to print and mail this newsletter.  Would we love to recognize your business as a sponsor for our newsletter which allows us to keep more money going directly to animal care needs. The newsletter is currently undergoing a redesign by a professional graphic designer and we are really excited for the new look!

Advertise on our website

Lots of people search our website for adoptable dogs and cats. According to Google Analytics, our adoptable dogs page gets over 5,000 views per month, and the adoptable cats page gets over 2,000 per month. For just $10 per month you can advertise on our adoptable dogs page and for $5 per month you can advertise on our adoptable cats page.

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…

  • Mix 103.7 and RP Broadcasting
  • Paul Bunyan Communications
  • The Animal Care Clinic
  • Bemidji Driving School
  • Great River Design
  • Photography by Trish
  • Marco Printing
  • Lueken’s North
  • Beltrami Recycling
  • GiveGab
  • Isaacson Vet Hospital
  • Canine Divine
  • Dearholt Tax & Accounting
  • Paul Bunyan Mall
  • Your QFM
  • Spinal Health Professionals
  • Bemidji Aviation
  • Bemidji Brewing
  • BSU Women’s Hockey
  • Coca Cola Bottling
  • Dakota Supply Group
  • Bemidji Jaycees
  • Lueken’s North & South Grocery Stores
  • Paul Bunyan Mall
  • TEAM Industries
  • Bethel Lutheran Church
  • Midcontinent Communications
  • Bemidji Jaycees
  • Grant Valley Township

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