Give Gab

Volunteers – View updates about shelter pets, learn about volunteer opportunities, fundraise for our cause, log your volunteer hours and more through our GiveGab page: GRR Page on GiveGab

Congratulations to our Volunteer of the Month

Siri Vasend

Our volunteers make a huge difference.  Thank you Siri for your dedication to companion animals!

 Volunteer Your Time!

Volunteer training takes about 1 hour and is held on the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 6 pm.  Volunteers must be age 13 and up to work directly with the
animals. Volunteers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

We limit the number of trainees to ten to make the learning experience best for everyone.  There is a list of upcoming training dates below.  Please sign-up via our online link.  Once signed up, you will be contacted by Great River Rescue with further information.  You must have an email address to sign-up via the link.  If you do not have an email address, call us at 751-7910 and we can sign up for you.

Wednesday, December 13 at 6 pm – Sign Up Here

Wednesday, January 10 at 6 pm – Sign Up Here!

If you are the leader of group and would like to set up a special training, just call us at 751-7910 and we can set something up for you.  Groups should be no smaller than 3 people and no larger than 10.

Additionally, we encourage volunteers to work to become Level 2 volunteers.  To become a Level 2 volunteer, you must complete a variety of tasks and responsibilities related to shelter procedures, animal training, animal grooming, etc.  Once approved as a Level 2 volunteer, you will be able to help the shelter with more advanced activities.  See the Level 2 checklist here| Level 2 Check-off

There are lots of ways in which you can help.  In addition to socializing animals, we need
volunteers for areas like planning fundraisers, becoming board members, picking up doggy
banks, doing post-adoption phone calls, and more!  Please fill out our “Special Volunteer Tasks” online form to let us know areas in which you want to help.  You can also check out our page at Volunteer Bemidji to see more of our needs.

Volunteer Bemidji

Special Volunteer Tasks


MOD Squad

A volunteer driven dog behavior assessment and modification program.  We help dogs become more adoptable!   Learn more about our program here.



Other Links

Create your own volunteer account on Give Gab for more information and to log your hours.

See our volunteer handbook:  Volunteer handbook

Volunteers are Important! Read these articles from the Bemidji Pioneer: http://www.bemidjipioneer.com/news/local/4076091-difficult-dogs-draw-great-river-volunteer-dennis-grace



Some Volunteer Data 2016

Total Logged Volunteer Hours – 3011
Average Volunteers per Month – 32
Average Number of New Volunteers Per Month – 6.25

Volunteer Hours by Activity


Volunteer Hours by Month