Fundraisers

Want to Help?

If you are interested in helping plan or implement fundraisers with Great River Rescue, please contact us.  We can always use help with fundraising!

Are you a business interested in getting involved? Please use the following form to tell us more about your interests and we’ll be in touch | Click Here


 Ongoing Fundraisers:

  • Adopt-a-Kennel – You can sponsor a kennel for one month for a donation of $25.00, or one year for $250.00. This covers part of the cost for food, medication and care the pets receive while in our facility. A card will be displayed with your name so others know you care. Go to our sponsorship page.
  • Memorial / Tribute – We will print your memorial or tribute of a loved one or your pet in our newsletter and post it on our Website. Contact the shelter for more information. Go to our Memorial Page.
  • Paws to Recycle – Bring your aluminum cans to the shelter and place them in the trailer. The cans are picked up periodically by Beltrami Recycling and they pay us for the aluminum.
  • Doggy Banks – Drop your change into the “doggy banks” placed at area retailers. This is an easy way to make a donation that helps the animals!
  • Special Needs Fund – This fund was established to help animals with special needs find a home. We believe that each animal, no matter the condition deserves a good home. Please make a donation to the Special Needs Fund to ensure that all companion animals have the opportunity to live a full life.
  • Membership – Support Great River Rescue and earn the right to have vote for our Board of Directors. Become a member today and help sustain the shelter for years to come. Go to our membership page.
  • Constant Caregivers – The ultimate way to support our mission.  Become a constant caregiver and help ensure a consistent cash flow for the shelter as we work to care for companion animals. Go to our Constant Caregiver Page.

2021 Fundraising Events & Sponsorship Opportunities:

  • Pet Fixers (April through November) – Pet Fixers is a low-cost spay/neuter program for qualified low-income pet owners and caretakers. Businesses may sponsor a clinic for $1500 to reduce the fee to pet owners by $20 per pet. Therefore, this sponsorship goes directly to pet owners in need. Additionally, businesses may support our clinics by providing gift cards to local restaurants for dinners for our Veterinary team, or lunches to be delivered on clinic days to keep our Vets and volunteers going strong throughout the day.
  • Gogo Photo Contest and Calendar (May) – Great River Rescue will be hosting a community photo contest through Gogophotocontest.com. Pet owners post a favorite photo of their pet and compete for votes. Top vote recipients earn priority spots on a subsequent 2021 Great River Rescue printed calendar. Businesses may sponsor at varying levels to get their business logo and information into the calendar.
  • The Fall Harvest Gala (October) – The Fall Harvest Gala is held in October and features a dinner with live entertainment and a silent auction. This year’s event will be held again at the Bluebelle Event Venue. We will be incorporating both in-person and online festivities to allow more supporters to get involved. Businesses can participate at varying sponsorship levels. Additionally, many businesses donate items for silent auction.
  • Give to the Max Day (November) – Give to the Max Day is a day of online giving throughout the state of Minnesota held in November. In 2020 we had over 50 donors contribute over $10,000 through this fundraiser. We are seeking businesses to offer matching grants. These matching funds greatly increase our ability to raise donations.
  • Doggy Banks – Over 35 businesses currently have a doggy bank jar at their business. These jars allow their clients to drop their extra change to support our organization. In 2020, doggy banks accounted for over $4,000 of revenue!
  • Host your own Fundraiser – Many businesses choose to host their own fundraiser to support Great River Rescue. This allows you to control all aspects of your fundraiser with support and resources from us. Some successful examples include holding supply drives, donating a portion of sales from a given day or week, or casual day for employees. More examples and branding guidelines for your event can be found at our Host Your Own Fundraiser Page | Click Here.

Businesses that Supported us in 2020:

Thank you to all these generous, community-minded businesses that supported us in 2020!

  • 71 Mart
  • Accidentally Cool Games
  • Ace Hardware
  • Air Corps Aviation
  • Amity Graphics
  • Animal Care Clinic
  • Arco Downtown
  • Beehive Liquors
  • Beltrami Electric
  • Bemidji Aviation
  • Bemidji Best Auto
  • Bemidji Custom Accounting
  • Bemidji Movie Theater
  • Bemidji Pioneer
  • Bemidji Sports Center
  • Bethel Lutheran Church
  • Big Apple Bagels
  • Canine Divine
  • Cenex Store
  • Coca Cola Bottling
  • Compass Rose
  • Country Kitchen
  • Culligan
  • Dairy Queen
  • Dave’s Pizza
  • Dearholt Tax & Accounting
  • Derek Pickett Agency
  • Dick Beardsley Fishing Guide Service
  • Eagles Club
  • Erbert & Gerberts
  • Evolve Creative
  • First National Bank
  • First Presbyterian Church
  • Fozzie’s Barbeque
  • Frizzel’s Furniture Gallery
  • Furry Friends Grooming
  • Gallery North
  • Go Ask Rob, LLC
  • Giovanni’s Pizza
  • Great River Design
  • Green Mill
  • Harmony Foods
  • Image Photography
  • Isaacson’s Vet Hospital
  • K&D Floral
  • Keith’s Pizza
  • Lakes Market
  • Laporte Corner Grocery
  • Larson Environmental Consulting
  • LaValley Industries
  • Leech Lake Gaming
  • Lifequest Chiropractic
  • Liquor Lodge
  • Living Touch Massage
  • Lucky Dogs
  • Lueken’s North
  • Marco
  • Midcontinent Comm
  • Minnesota Nice Café
  • Morrell’s Trading Post
  • Mr. Moles Painting
  • MyBemidji
  • Noel’s Bottle Shop
  • North Central Door
  • Northern Veterinary Clinic
  • Papa Murphy’s
  • Patterson’s
  • Paul Bunyan Broadcasting
  • Paul Bunyan Communications
  • Pepsi Nei Bottling
  • Pet Zone
  • Petopia
  • Pets Plus
  • Raphael’s Bakery
  • Rod’s Meats
  • Mix 103.7
  • Ruttger’s Resort
  • Ryan the Cell Phone Doctor
  • Sadie Rae’s Quilt Shop
  • Sanders Studios
  • Secondhand Splendor
  • Security Bank
  • Slim’s Bar & Grill
  • Slurp Ramen
  • Stittsworth Meats
  • Stony Point Resort
  • Sunrise Foods
  • Super 8 Motel
  • Taco John’s
  • Target
  • Tavern on South Shore
  • Thrivent
  • Two Hearts Bridal
  • Wagner Plumbing and Heating
  • Walmart
  • White Spruce Candles
  • Wilton Liquor Store
  • Your QFM
  • YPN Bemidji





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