Business Partnerships & Fundraisers

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 2023, 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! Check out the information below for just some ideas of how you can get involved. 

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 $1000 which helps cover vet costs, lodging, meals for the vets, and more. Your sponsorship helps keep our overall costs low so we can offer the service at a low price to our community. 


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 2022:

  1. Accidentally Cool Games
  2. Ace Hardware
  3. Affinity Plus
  4. Amity Graphics
  5. Animal Care Clinic
  6. Bark Avenue Grooming
  7. Beehive Liquors
  8. Beltrami Electric
  9. Bemidji Chrysler Center
  10. Bemidji Eagles Club
  11. Bemidji Jaycees
  12. Bemidji Paper & Janitorial
  13. Bemidji Pioneer
  14. Bemidji Sports Center
  15. Bemidji State University
  16. Bemidji Woolen Mills
  17. Big Apple Bagels
  18. Boardwalk Mini Golf
  19. Boss Lady Fitness
  20. Boy & Girl Club
  21. Calvary Lutheran Church
  22. Canine Divine
  23. Cease Family Funeral Home
  24. Cenex Country Store
  25. Compass Rose
  26. Cool Threads
  27. Corner Bar
  28. Country Kitchen
  29. Cyclops Ink
  30. Dave’s Pizza
  31. Dearholt Tax & Accounting
  32. Deerwood Bank
  33. Derek Pickett Agency
  34. Dick Beardsley Fishing Guide Service
  35. Double Tree (Hilton)
  36. Dunkin’
  37. Duranske Law Firm
  38. Erbert & Gerberts
  39. Evolve Creative
  40. First National Bank
  41. Gallery North
  42. Garden Grill and Pub
  43. Giovanni’s Pizza
  44. Go Ask Rob, LLC
  45. Great River Design
  46. Great River Ranch Soap
  47. Green Mill
  48. Grimes Realty
  49. Hanson’s Homemade Baked Goods and Cannery
  50. Harmony Foods
  51. Image Photography
  52. Isaacson Vet Hospital
  53. Jake’s Pizza
  54. K&D Floral
  55. Keith’s Pizza
  56. Kelly’s Plubming
  57. Knife River
  58. L & M Fleet
  59. Lake Bemidji Bed & Breakfast
  60. Lakes Market
  61. Laporte Corner Grocery
  62. LaValley Industries
  63. Liquor Lodge
  64. Lucky Dogs
  65. Lueken’s Village Foods
  66. Marco
  67. Menards
  68. Meyers Sign Source
  69. Midcontinent Communications
  70. Minnesota Nice Café
  71. Morrell’s Trading Post
  72. My Store Turtle River
  73. Northcountry Snowmobile Club
  74. Northern Veterinary Clinic
  75. Northwest Technical College
  76. Northwest Tire
  77. Ottertail Power
  78. Pampered Chef
  79. Papa Murphy’s
  80. Patterson’s
  81. Paul Bunyan Broadcasting
  82. Paul Bunyan Communications
  83. Pet Zone (Rick)
  84. Pets Plus
  85. Photography by Trish
  86. Pinnacle Marketing Group
  87. Pro West Associates of Walker
  88. Raphael’s Bakery
  89. Ridgetop Outddors
  90. Riverwood Bank
  91. RP Broadcasting
  92. Ruttgers Resort
  93. Ryan the Cell Phone Doctor
  94. Sadie Rae’s Quilt Shop
  95. Security Bank
  96. Slim’s Bar & Grill
  97. Mark Lutheran Church
  98. Stittsworth Meats
  99. Sunrise Foods
  100. Super 8 Motel
  101. Taco John’s
  102. Target
  103. The Dive Depot
  104. Two Hearts Bridal
  105. Union Station Thrift
  106. Wagner Plumbing and Heating
  107. White Spruce Candles
  108. Wild Hare Bistro
  109. Wilton Liquor Store
  110. Your Mom’s Tattoo Atelier, LLC
  111. Zetah Construction

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

Great River Rescue