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 2020, 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!

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 $100.

Presenting Sponsor                                                     $1000

Your business is highlighted as a major sponsor for the Furr Bowl. This level allows us to spay/neuter 10 pets which greatly reduces the impact of pet overpopulation in our community.

Team Sponsor                                                             $250

Your business gets a lane reserved for up to 6 participants. This level allows us to provide antibiotics and other needed medical treatments for up to 5 pets which keeps them healthy and ready to be adopted.

Lane Sponsor                                                               $100

Your business will be highlighted as the sponsor of a specific lane. This level allows us to vaccinate another 10 pets which protects them from harmful diseases and gets them into homes faster.

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 16. 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 2019…

  • 71 Mart

    Ace Hardware

    Air Corps Aviation

    Amity Graphics

    Anderson Fabrics, Blackduck

    Animal Care Clinic

    Beehive Liquors

    Beltrami Electric

    Bemidji Best Auto

    Bemidji Bowl

    Bemidji Community Theater

    Bemidji Driving School

    Bemidji Movie Theater

    Bemidji Municipal Liquors

    Bemidji Sports Center

    Bemidji State University

    Bemidji Symphony Orchestra

    Bi-County Cap

    Big Apple Bagels

    Big D Transport

    Big River Scoop

    Bill’s Base Camp

    Blackduck Bowling Alley

    Blackduck Family Foods

    Canine Divine

    Cease Family Funeral Home

    Cenex Store

    Century 21 Realty

    Coca Cola Bottling

    Compass Rose


    Dairy Queen (mall)

    DaRoo’s Pizza

    Dave’s Pizza

    Dearholt Tax & Accounting

    Deerwood Bank

    Diversified Insurance Services

    Erbert & Gerberts

    First City Nutrition

    First National Bank

    Furry Friends Grooming

    Gallery North

    Gander Outdoors

    Glazed & Amused (Paint your own Pottery)

    Go Ask Rob

    Hampton Inn & Suites

    Hanson’s Homemade Baked Goods and Cannery

    Harmony Foods

    Hill’s Plumbing

    Image Photography


    Ink Spot

    Innkeepers Give

    Innovative Office Solutions

    Isaacson Vet Hospital

    Jake’s Pizza


    K&D Floral

    Keith’s Pizza

    Kenny’s Clark & Goodyear


    Knife River

    Knob & Kettle

    L & M Fleet

    Lakes Market

    Lakeland Public Television

    Laporte Corner Grocery

    Laura’s UpNorth Kenneling Alternative

    Lazy Jacks

    Lifequest Chiropractic

    Liquor Lodge

    Lucky Dogs

    Lueken’s Village Foods (North & South)



    Midcontinent Comm

    Minnesota Nice Café

    Morrell’s Trading Post

    Noel’s Bottle Shop

    North Central Door

    Northcountry Snowmobile

    Northern Dental Access Center

    Northwest Tire


    Paul Bunyan Broadcasting

    Paul Bunyan Communications

    Paul Bunyan Mall

    Pepsi Nei Bottling


    Pet Zone

    Pete’s Place West


    Pets Plus

    Photography by Trish

    Pickett Insurance Agency

    Pine Country Insurance

    Pinnacle Marketing Group

    Raphael’s Bakery


    Rod’s Meats

    RP Broadcasting

    Ruttgers Resort

    Ryan the Cell Phone Doctor

  • Sanford Health

    Secondhand Splendor

    Security Bank

    Sherwin Williams

    Shooting Star Casino

    Silver Creek Bar & Grill

    Simple Lines Design

    Skeeter Stitch

    The Skin Co.

    Slim’s Bar & Grill


    Slurp Ramen

    Solway Bar & Grill

    Southside Restaurant

    Southside Towing

    Sparkling Waters

    Spinal Health Professionals

    Sports Page

    State Farm – Jake Bluhm

    State Farm – Sara Labraaten

    Sterling Carpet One

    Stittsworth Meats

    Stu’s Auto Repair

    Sunrise Foods

    Taco John’s

    TEAM Industries

    Arco downtown station

    Value Smart

    Wagner Plumbing and Heating

    Wilton Liquor Store

    Your QFM

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. –