Since 1977, Great River Rescue has helped thousands of animals with a second chance at life. We are very proud of these and other efforts which have made our dream a reality and now allow us to provide even greater quality service for more than 400 animals per year.

There are many ways that you can help in these efforts.
Please see the information below for lots of ways you can contribute to the work of Great River Rescue.

We are a 501c3 licensed facility, and all donations are tax deductible. Thank you for caring about your area animals. We appreciate your support!

Emergency Medical Fund

Great River Rescue will sometimes take in animals with significant medical needs. Other times, we are not aware of these needs until the animal has been with us for a few days or weeks. Great River Rescue does everything we can to provide complete and proper care for these pets. Of course, we can’t do that without the support of our community. Sometimes, we will create special fundraising pages to support a specific animal with a specific medical need. We are always humbled by the response we get from the community to help these animals. You don’t have to wait until a need arises to help these animals though. Anytime you choose, a donation can be made to our emergency medical fund. These donations ensure that we always have funding available for animals with significant needs. Use the button below to donate to our emergency medical fund today.



Other Ways to Contribute Rescue Referral Program

Order your Pet Food at and Great River Rescue will get a $20 donation!
$15 will be donated to Great River Rescue for all first time buyers at!


The Coin-Up App

Coin Up is one of the most innovative mobile donation apps that allows donors to virtually “round up” their spare change from everyday bank transactions, set a monthly limit, and give to a charity of their choice.

Download the app today and select Great River Rescue as your charity of choice!


Shop at Amazon Smile!

It’s easy!  Just choose “Great River Rescue” as the organization you want to support.  Then, a percentage of each of your purchases will be donated back to Great River Rescue!



Bissell’s Parners for Pets

Great River Rescue is proud to be a Partner for Pets! BISSELL and have teamed up to help organizations like ours raise money, and now you can help too!  When you purchase pet products on and enter the code ADOPT at checkout, a portion of your purchase will be donated to our organization!

  • Shop pet products on 
  • Enter the code ADOPT at checkout
  • Then select Great River Rescue!


Fresh Step Paw Points

Help us earn free cat litter for shelter cats.  Click the link below to sign-up.


Purchase your pet meds at  100% of their profits benefit animal shelters!



Thrivent Choice Program

Thrivent Financial members can direct their Choice Dollars to Great River Rescue! Additionally, we encourage Thrivent members to form Action Teams to benefit the shelter. They are easy to form, and can have a big impact! Some ideas for action teams include:

  • Helping out at an annual fundraising event
  • Holding a supply drive and using the seed money to get things started
  • Bringing your team to the shelter for a special project or volunteer training
  • Plus any other idea you might have to benefit Great River Rescue

Learn more about directing your choice dollars | Click Here

Learn more about Action Teams | Click Here


Giving Assistant


Use Giving Assistant to save money and support Great River Rescue

Your contribution is tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.