Do you have pets at home? Are you thinking about getting a pet for the first time? Do you want to be the best parent to your pets that you can be?

Check out these links to some great animal resources!

Pet Care Tips for Pet Owners & Foster Providers:



Best Friends Animal Society – Best Friends Animal Society Website

Great tips & advice for dogs & cats owners.



Humane Society of the United States – Humane Society of the US Website

Great resources for pet care tips.



Great information to consider before adopting.




Maddie’s Fund – Maddie’s Fund Website

Foster Care Flash Classes – Maddie’s Fund has put together some awesome online classes to help foster care providers with some of the things they deal with on a regular basis. Whether your are fostering for GRR, another organization, or just want to learn, please check out these valuable resources.


Dutch – Website

Dutch connects pet parents with veterinarians to deliver specialized treatments to your door. 


Dog training and dog bite prevention resources. Great for new dog owners looking for dog training tips!



All Things Dogs – 7 Real World Examples of Dog Body Language Article

A great article about dog body language with pictures and a quiz to help educate yourself on this important subject.




Tuft & Paw – The Definitive Guide to Cat Behavior & Body Language Article


A comprehensive guide on cat body language with helpful graphics and pictures. 



DogBlog.comVisit the Site Here

A great collection of blog posts and articles for dog lovers.




Consumer Affairs – Dog Food Reviews  Cat Food Reviews

Consumer reviews and comparisons of hundreds of brands of dog and cat food.


Fear Free Pets – Click Here

Founded by “America’s Veterinarian,” Dr. Marty Becker, and developed by hundreds of experts in behavior, medicine, and handling, Fear Free has become one of the single most transformative initiatives in the history of companion animal practice.

Our programs and courses provide veterinary professionals, pet professionals, animal welfare communities, and pet owners with the knowledge and tools to look after both a pet’s physical and emotional wellbeing.

We get you. Like you, we love pets like family and want what is best for them. Find the portal of interest to you below for more information about Fear Free programs, education, and our ever-growing community.


Local Vet Clinics & Spay-Neuter Resources:


Bemidji Animal Hospitals – All One Search Website

See a list of contact information for Bemidji area animal hospitals.

Pet Fixers – Our Pet Fixers Webpage

Our spay/neuter assistance program for Northern Minnesota!


Get Your Fix Veterinary Surgical Center – Providing high quality sterilization for dogs and cats in the lakes area and surrounding communities. Visit their website | Click Here


Pet Behaviors: – One-on-One Digital Dog Training

Behavior is one of the top reasons dogs are sent to shelters, according to the The Humane Society of the United States. Our mission is to help every dog and dog parent live their best lives together – so we created training that is effective, affordable, and rewarding.

GoodPup training is 1–1, at-home, on your schedule, with trainers ready to help 24/7.



Animal Humane Society – AHS Pet Behavior Library

Tips for dealing with pet behavior issues.

Dr. Sophia Yin – The Art & Science of Animal Behavior Article





Assistance for Pet Owners in Need:

A listing of organization’s and programs that may provide financial assistance to pet owners in need.  Please note that all of the organization’s listed are independent of Great River Rescue.  Great River Rescue has no authority over their policies and procedures.


Rose’s Fund – Rose’s Fund Website



Human Animal Support Services (HASS) primary goal is to keep people and pets together. We are bringing animal welfare organizations and community members together to engage in partnerships that support the bond of people and animals. Below is a link to an article titled “Options to Assist You and Your Pet with Veterinary Care.” It provides a comprehensive list of options for low or no-cost veterinary care. 

See the Article | Click Here


A listing of programs that provide assistance to pets in need. 



A collection of more veterinary assistance resources on the Animal Humane Society website.  Please note that all of the organization’s listed are independent of Great River Rescue.  Great River Rescue has no authority over their policies and procedures.



Pet Safe Housing Program – Pet Safe Program Page


A program to provide temporary housing for the pets of victims of domestic violence.



Pets for Patriots – Help with Pet Veterinary Costs


A list of national resources available for qualifying pet owners.  Please note that all of the organization’s listed are independent of Great River Rescue.  Great River Rescue has no authority over their policies and procedures.


The Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society’s Veterinary Funding Assistance Program – Veterinary Funding Assistance Program

The mission of the FARS Program is to help cat owners currently facing financial hardships keep pets who would otherwise be surrendered to a shelter or euthanized due to the owner’s inability to afford treatment for illness/injury.


Pet Financial Assistance Directory – Visit My Pet Child Here


Explore the pet financial assistance available in the US. The organizations listed on our site may support financially-struggling pet owners in various ways, including the distribution of free pet food and supplies, or the subsidy and grant of veterinary bills.


Top 9 Best Pet Insurance Companies | View the Article Here

To help you find the best pet insurance provider, the This Old House Reviews team examined the top 9 pet insurance companies in the industry and compared their plans, pricing, and benefits.



Adoption Resources:

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Petfinder – Petfinder Website

Find adoptable pets from all over the country.  Plus, you’ll find neat resources and tips for pet care.




The Shelter Pet Project – The Shelter Pet Project Website

Learn about pet adoption, read adoption stories, and see great shelter pet ads.



Best Friends of Animals –  Tips for Introducing Cats Tips for Introducing Dogs Tips for Introducing Dogs & Cats to Each Other




Great tips and information about introducing your new pets to the pets you already have at home.


Pet Guardian Angels of America – PGAA Website

Contains web links to all shelters and rescues in the state of Minnesota.




Autism Speaks – Assistance Dog Resources


A list of resources to help you learn more about service dogs and connect you with organizations that may be able to help you and your family find a service dog that is right for you.


Offers free advice and guidance for autistic people who suffer with an addiction to drugs or alcohol.

Other Resources for Pet Owners:



Home Advisor – Pet-Proofing Article

Keeping your home and yard safe for dogs and cats.  Check out this article to keep all your furry companions safe and secure.




Money Geek –  The Budget Friendly Guide to Caring for Your Pet Article

Everything you’ll need to know before making the financial commitment to adopting a pet. – Assisted Living for Seniors with Pets Information


Things that Seniors need to think about if they are to own a pet while living in an assisted living facility.



reviews – Reviews Website

A comparison of different pet insurance companies. Find links and useful information.



US Insurance Agents – The Ultimate Guide to Homeowners Insurance for Dog Owners

Facts and tips about homeowners insurance for dog owners.


Minnesota State Law Library – MN Courts Website

Research a compilation of state laws regarding animal care and control.





Animal Folks MN – Animal Folks Website


A Minnesota organization with a mission to protect animals and prevent animal cruelty by creating a modern system of animal law enforcement in Minnesota. Core to this mission is system reform — we assess what is needed systemically to develop innovative and sustainable reforms for the improved enforcement of animal law and prevention of animal cruelty in Minnesota. – Home Pet Safety Guide

Home safety guide for pet owners. Great information and tips for keeping your pets safe at home.




Squarefoot – Squarefoot Website

Creating a pet-friendly office policy: what you need to know.




Million Mile Secrets – Guide to Flying with an Emotional Support Animal



ZocDoc – A Guide to Psychiatric Service Dogs

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