Congratulations to our Volunteer of the Month!

Caroline Larson

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

 Volunteer Your Time!

*In-person volunteer training classes to resume on July 14, 2021*

All volunteers must first attend a volunteer training class. Trainings are held on the second Wednesday of each month at 6 pm. They are about 1 hour long. 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. There is a $15 application fee to become a volunteer. This fee helps cover the cost of processing applications. 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 you submit your fee, we will email you to confirm and let you know about any upcoming trainings. Please note that it may be a few days before we get back to you.

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 complete the Level 1 Training Class. 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 occasional 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 talk to us once you complete your training about other opportunities.

GRR Volunteer Application

See our Volunteer Bemidji Home Page

Current Volunteers:

 Schedule a time to volunteer with us! *CERTIFIED VOLUNTEERS ONLY*


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:

See our volunteer handbook: Volunteer Handbook

Download an informational pamphlet: Volunteer Pamphlet (REVISED 01_2021)

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