New Name Revealed!

Great River Rescue Introduced to the Public

Bemidji Animal Shelter Formerly Known as Great River Rescue

Last night, the new name “Great River Rescue” was introduced to the public.  The announcement was made by the organization’s Executive Director, Brandon Mustful, at the shelter’s annual Fall Harvest Dinner.  The companion animal shelter, which has operated in the Bemidji area since 1977 begins a new chapter in its history with the name change.

The Board of Directors of the organization along with shelter staff felt that the former name led to some misperceptions.  There are three main items that the organization hopes to clarify with the new name:

  1. The shelter has no geographic restrictions for its services.
  2. The shelter is not an entity of Beltrami County nor receives funding from the County.
  3. The shelter is not associated in any way with the Humane Society of the United States.

Every aspect about the organization will remain the same except for the name.  Great River Rescue is a private, non-profit companion animal shelter.  It depends on community support to continue to provide quality care for companion animals, and find them homes with responsible pet owners.

“This change has been in the works for a long time,” said Executive Director Brandon Mustful.  “One of our major goals is to effectively communicate to the public who we are and what  we do; and this name change will help us do that.”

Great River Rescue has helped over 10,000 kittens, puppies, cats and dogs find forever homes since its inception in 1977.  A “no-kill” shelter, it can house up to 45 felines and 25 canines at any one time.  Located at 1612 Carr Lake Rd SE, the shelter is open Tuesday – Saturday from 12:30 pm to 5:30 pm.  Executive Director Brandon Mustful can be reached at or 751-7910.  The web address for the organization is



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