Business Partnership

Interested in partnering with us? Please fill out this short Google Form and we’ll be in touch with you. –

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 2019, 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 2019.  We will also highlight businesses through our social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.  Our Facebook page has over 4,300 followers and it is growing which will give our business supporters plenty of exposure!

Furr Bowl Sponsorship

The Furr Bowl is a fun, family-friendly bowling event typically held in the Spring. Participants compete for specially designed bowling pins made by the artists at Gallery North. They are also encouraged to conduct peer-to-peer fundraising and prizes are awarded to our top fundraisers.

We are seeking business sponsors for this event. Many businesses support us as “lane sponsors” for $150.

Headline Sponsor – $500 or more

Benefits – Large business logo on online registration page, flyer and television ad.  Your business will be promoted on our Facebook event page, website, and newsletter.  Your business will also be promoted as a Headline sponsor at the event.

Community Sponsor – $250

Benefits – Business logo on online registration page, flyer and television ad. Your business will be promoted on our Facebook event page, website, and newsletter.  Your business will also be promoted as a Community sponsor at the event.

Lane Sponsor – $100

Benefits – Business logo on online registration page, and Facebook event page. Your business will be promoted at Bemidji Bowl both before and during the event.

Raffle Prize Donor

Donate an in-kind item, coupon, or gift card to be used as a raffle prize at the event. Your business will be promoted at the event. 

Sponsor the Fall Harvest Gala

Sponsorship levels for our Fall Harvest Dinner have not been determined yet. This year’s dinner will be held at the new Bluebelle Event Center on October 18. Details regarding sponsorships will be available soon. 

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.

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 Destress 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 and 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.  Would we 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 us!

  • 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 this short Google Form 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!

Businesses/Organizations/Entities that provided support in 2018…

  • 4th Street Tesoro
  • Ace on the Lake
  • Amity Graphics
  • Anderson Fabrics
  • Arrow Printing
  • Becida Bar
  • Beehive Liquors
  • Beltrami Electric Cooperative
  • Beltrami Recycling
  • Bemidji Aviation
  • Bemidji Best Auto
  • Bemidji Brewing
  • Bemidji Cenex
  • Bemidji Chamber of Commerce
  • Bemidji Driving School
  • Bemidji Driving School
  • Bemidji Eagles Club
  • Bemidji Jaycees
  • Bemidji Movie Theater
  • Bemidji Orthodontics
  • Bemidji Pioneer
  • Bemidji Sports Center
  • Bemidji Vet Hospital
  • Bemidji Welders
  • Bethel Lutheran Church
  • BI-CAP
  • Big Apple Bagels
  • Big River Scoop
  • Bonded Lock & Key
  • BSU Women’s Hockey
  • Canine Divine
  • Century 21 Dickinson Realtors
  • CK Dudleys
  • Coca Cola Bottling
  • Compass Rose
  • Corner Bar
  • Corner Sports
  • Dairy Queen
  • Dakota Supply Group
  • Daroos Pizza
  • Dave’s Pizza
  • Dearholt Tax & Accounting
  • Dick’s Northside
  • Dunn Brothers
  • First National Bank
  • Forest Edge Winery
  • Furry Friends Grooming
  • Furry Friend’s Grooming
  • Garden’ Grill & Pub
  • GiveGab
  • Glass Doctor
  • Go Ask Rob LLC
  • Grant Valley Township
  • Great River Design
  • Great River Design
  • Green Mill
  • Harmony Foods
  • Hazelton Family Denistry
  • Hazelton Law Firm
  • Higgins Heating
  • Hill’s Plumbing
  • Honda of Bemidji
  • Image Photography
  • Ink Spot
  • Innovative Office Solutions
  • Isaacson Vet Hospital
  • Iverson Corner Drug
  • K & D Floral
  • Keith’s Pizza
  • Kenny’s Clark and Goodyear
  • Knife River
  • L & M Fleet
  • Lakes Concrete
  • Laporte Corner Grocery
  • Larson Environmental Consulting
  • Laura’s Upnorth Kenneling Alternative
  • Lepier Shoreline & Outdoors
  • Lifequest Chiropractic
  • Lucky Dogs
  • Lueken’s North & South Grocery Stores
  • Marco
  • Marco Printing
  • Midcontinent Communications
  • Minnesota Nice Cafe
  • Mix 103.7 and RP Broadcasting
  • Morell’s Trading Post
  • Morell’s Trading Post
  • Naylor Heating and Refrigeration
  • Noel’s Bottle Shop
  • Nortech Systems
  • North Central Door
  • North Country Snowmobile Club
  • Northern Liquors
  • Northland Fishing and Tackle
  • Northwest Tire
  • Northwoods Lumber
  • Nortrax
  • Patterson’s Clothing
  • Paul Bunyan Broadcasting
  • Paul Bunyan Communications
  • Paul Bunyan Mall
  • Paul Bunyan Sub Shop
  • Pet Zone
  • Pete’s Place South
  • Pete’s Place West
  • Petopia
  • Pet’s Plus
  • Photography by Trish
  • Pizza Hut
  • Raphael’s Bakery
  • Rod’s Meats
  • Ryan the Cell Phone Doctor
  • Sadek’s Tire & Repair
  • Sadie Rae’s Quilt Shop
  • Sanford Health
  • Sara Labraaten State Farm Insurance
  • Schummer’s Backbooks Bar
  • Secondhand Splendor
  • Security Bank
  • Seven Clans Casino
  • Shooting Star Casino
  • Slim’s Bar & Grill
  • Slurp Ramen
  • Sparkling Waters
  • Spinal Health Professionals
  • Stittsworth Meats
  • Stu’s Auto Repair
  • Sunrise Foods
  • Taco John’s
  • Target
  • Tavern on South Shore
  • TEAM Industries
  • The 71 Mart
  • The Animal Care Clinic
  • The Pickett Agency
  • Trustar Federal Credit Union
  • UpNorth Kenneling Alternative
  • Value Smart
  • Wilton Liquor Store
  • Your QFM
  • YPN Bemidji

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

Interested in partnering with us? Please fill out this short Google Form and we’ll be in touch with you. –