Congratulations to our Volunteer of the Month

Dan Domeier

Our volunteers make a huge difference.  Thank you Dan for your dedication to companion animals!

 Volunteer Your Time!

All volunteers must first attend a volunteer training class. Volunteer training takes about 1 hour and is held on the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 6 pm.  Volunteers must be age 13 and up to work directly with the animals. Volunteers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. We limit the number of trainees to ten to make the learning experience best for everyone.  There is a $15 application fee to become a volunteer. This fee helps cover the cost of processing applications and holding volunteer trainings. Below is a link to our volunteer application. Once you have completed the application you will taken to another webpage at which you can pay your application fee. Parents of kids ages 13 – 15 only need to pay one application fee. Once the fee is received, we will sign you up for the next available training session. If you do not have an email address or would not like to pay your fee online, we can help you get signed up at the shelter.

If you are the leader of group and would like to set up a special training, just call us at 751-7910 and we can set something up for you.  Groups should be no smaller than 3 people and no larger than 10.

If you are required to obtain community service hours, you can complete your hours with Great River Rescue. However, you must first apply to become a volunteer and attend a Level 1 Training Class first. Once you have completed the class you will be able to volunteer with us anytime we are open. GRR staff will be happy to sign off on your hours.

Additionally, we hold two Level 2 Volunteer trainings each year. Level 2 volunteers learn more about dog handling and training, intake procedures at our shelter, and other advanced topics. We encourage volunteers who enjoy their experience to further their skills by becoming a Level 2 volunteer.

There are lots of ways in which you can help.  In addition to socializing animals, we need volunteers for areas like planning fundraisers, becoming board members, picking up doggy banks, doing post-adoption phone calls, and more!  Please fill out our “Special Volunteer Tasks” online form to let us know areas in which you might like to help.  You can also check out our page at Volunteer Bemidji to see more of our needs.

Volunteer Bemidji

Special Volunteer Tasks

Fill out a Volunteer Application Form – Click Here

Online Training

Great River Rescue now offers an online volunteer training option. This training is available during the COVID-19 pandemic to help prevent the spread of the disease. Volunteers must complete a volunteer application and pay the $15 application fee prior to viewing the training. Once these items are received, we will send you a link to the video. Potential volunteers must watch the entire online training and then complete a short quiz to prove their attendance. You will be contacted to confirm your certification as a volunteer and will be able to come to work with the pets by appointment.

Instructions for logging your volunteer hours on GiveGab –



Volunteer Training Calendar

MOD Squad

A volunteer driven dog behavior assessment and modification program.  We help dogs become more adoptable!   Learn more about our program here.


Other Links

Create your own volunteer account on Give Gab for more information and to log your hours.

See our volunteer handbook: Volunteer Handbook

Download an informational pamphlet: Volunteer Pamphlet

Volunteers are Important! Read these articles from the Bemidji Pioneer: http://www.bemidjipioneer.com/news/local/4076091-difficult-dogs-draw-great-river-volunteer-dennis-grace