Adoptable Dogs


Dog Prices:

Dog Prices: $139.05 + tax ($150) + $75 spay/neuter deposit for unaltered animals
Includes: basic kennel vaccinations (canine distemper & Bordetella), de-worming, flea/tick treatments, ear checks,  a pre-registered microchip, and in some cases a Rabies vaccination (this takes coordination with our veterinary partners). Upon request, we can conduct blood tests for an additional fee of $15.

You can bring your own collar and leash at the time of adoption, or you can buy what you need at our shelter. Learn more about our shelter store here. Shelter Store

See our Home to Home Adoptable Pet Listings. Click Here

Medical Treatment:

Great River Rescue is committed to adopting out animals in good faith.  All known medical, physical, behavioral conditions, and special needs have been disclosed to the prospective adopter.  Any costs incurred relating to any disclosed or pre-existing condition are the adopter’s responsibility as of the date of adoption.

Special Needs Adoptions:

Some of our animals are listed as “special needs pets.” These animals may have behavior or health issues, or maybe they have just been at the shelter for an extended period of time. These animals are available at a discount because of our Special Needs Fund which offsets the cost of the adoption.

Adoption Deposits:

Animals may be temporarily held for adoption with a $20 deposit. If you see an animal on our website that you might like to adopt, please call us at 218-751-7910 to place a deposit over the phone via credit or debit card. Animals may be held for a maximum of two days at a cost of $20 per day. Once a deposit is placed, you should then arrange a visit with the pet. The deposit is non-refundable and if you decide not to adopt the pet, your deposit gets converted to a donation for the shelter. If you choose to adopt, the deposit gets counted toward the adoption fee. 

Animals without a deposit will not be held for any potential adopter. 

If an animal you are interested in already has a deposit, you may place a second deposit on the animal. In the case that the first deposit falls through, you will be next in line to have the opportunity to adopt this pet and will have two business days from the time we notify you to come and adopt your pet. A $20 per-day non-refundable fee still applies, even if the person with the first deposit decides to adopt the pet.

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 $750 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.

Walk-ins are Welcome…Appointments are Appreciated

Prospective adopters may walk-in and see the shelter pets, but those with appointments will take priority. Additionally, those who walk-in without an appointment will not be able to adopt on the same day. Also, we can only do dog-to-dog introductions by appointment. Thank you for understanding!


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Our website is updated daily with our currently adoptable pets. If you do not see an animal that would be a good fit for your home, keep checking in! We regularly take in new animals that will become available for adoption!




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