Our Mission:

Great River Rescue transitions dogs and cats to loving homes, serves as a community resource, and advocates for kind, responsible pet care.

Our Vision:

Great River Rescue envisions a society of responsible animal guardians in which every animal is treated with respect and care.

Our Values:
Care, compassion and empathy for animals and people.
Accountability to high standards of professional and ethical behavior.
Respect and kindness with every decision and interaction.


Shelter Hours:

Sunday – CLOSED*

Monday – CLOSED*

Tuesday – 12:30-5:30pm

Wednesday – 12:30-5:30pm

Thursday – 12:30-5:30pm

Friday – 12:30-5:30pm

Saturday – 12:30-4:30pm

*except for special events


We are located at 1612 Carr Lake Road SE in Bemidji, MN 56601



We are now open by Appointment Only. Schedule an appointment to visit us below!

Schedule an Appointment

See our current COVID-19 Response Procedures: Click Here

See our COVID-19 Preparedness Plan: Click Here


Great River Rescue is remodeling! See our video below for more details.

Donate to our Remodel Campaign – Click Here

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Contact Us:

Director: director@greatriverrescue.com
General Information: info@greatriverrescue.com
Adoption Information: adoptions@greatriverrescue.com
Intake Questions & Kennel Coordinator: intake@greatriverrescue.com
Happy Tails (submit your adoption stories): happytails@greatriverrescue.com
MOD Squad Volunteer Questions: modsquad@greatriverrescue.com
Foster Care Coordinator: fostercare@greatriverrescue.com


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Great River Rescue