Business Partnerships

Interested in partnering with us?

Please fill out this short Google Form and we’ll be in touch with you. Partnership Inquiry

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.

In 2021, 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 2020. We will also highlight businesses through our social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. Our Facebook page has nearly 5,000 followers and it is growing which will give our business supporters plenty of exposure!

Sponsor the Furr Bowl

The Furr Bowl is an annual bowling event held at Bemidji Bowl in the spring. Supporters raise funds through peer-to-peer fundraising software and then get together for a fun afternoon and a little competition. Businesses can sponsor lanes at the event for just $125. We are also seeking donations as small raffle prizes. 

Sponsor the Fall Harvest Gala:

This annual event involves dinner and program, raffles, auctions, live entertainment and more. The event is usually held at the Bluebelle Event Venue and is our biggest fundraising event of the year! 

We are seeking donated items for our silent auction and raffles. Items such as gift cards, apparel, artwork, dog and cat toys, tickets to sporting events, etc. are great for this event. We are also seeking higher value items to be raffled or given out at a live auction. 

Be a Matching Donor for “Give to the Max Day”:

Donors love to give when they know their donations are being matched. Step up and commitment to matching a certain level of donations. We’ll promote your business as a matching donor on our giving site, on Facebook, and in any press releases. Give to the Max Day will be in November.

Sponsor a Pet Fixers Clinic

Great River Rescue hosts once-monthly low-cost spay/neuter clinics from April through November for qualified pet owners and caretakers. Businesses may sponsor a clinic for $1500 which allows for a $20 discount per pet which directly helps the pet owners. 

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.

Pet De-Stress Days at the Office:

For $50 per hour, Great River Rescue will bring shelter pets to your business to allow your staff time to relax and get re-energized. Dates are limited and need to be scheduled at least one month in advance. Maximum of 3 hours per visit.

Adopt-a-Kennel Sponsorships & Name-A-Trail:

These sponsorship programs give your business visibility at our shelter throughout the year. You will also receive a monthly update card with a picture of a shelter pet you are sponsoring.  

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. We would 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!

Other Ways to Support GRR:

  • 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: Host Your Own Fundraiser Page
  • Employee giving program – encourage your employees to use a payroll deduction to donate to Great River Rescue. This is an easy way for employees to give back!

Please fill out the form on the top of this page if you are interested in partnering with us. As a community organization, we know that we all need each other to be successful.  We need community support to continue our mission of saving animals, and we would love to support you in your work!

Organizations Who Supported GRR in 2021:



Please call us at 218-751-7910 or email Brandon at to learn more about partnering with Great River Rescue!

Great River Rescue