Thanks Humane Society

40 Years of Caring for Homeless Animals

I found this short newspaper clipping in a three-ring binder packed away in an old file cabinet at the shelter.  As you can see, it is from March 4, 1986, which is now almost 31 years ago.  I loved seeing the gratitude expressed by the author for the work being done in the community.  I also loved seeing names of people who still contribute and are involved in the life of the shelter today.

2017 is the 40th year of Great River Rescue (originally the Beltrami Humane Society).  Throughout this year, we will be reflecting on the impact this organization has had on the Bemidji community.  Thousands of animals have been rescued and placed in loving homes.  Even more people have had their lives enriched from the companionship of the animals saved.  I hope that we can also remember and thank those that have made it all possible over the years.  As Mary Brooks put it, we owe them our thanks and support.

Later this year, we will be publishing a more robust history of the organization from the very beginning.  It will take some research and interviews to get a clearer picture of all the amazing things that have happened, as well as the challenges that have been faced.  In the meantime, we will use this blog to share some historical tidbits, and happy stories.

If you scroll to the bottom of this posting, you’ll see that you can leave a reply and even upload a photo.  I encourage you to post a short story of a happy adoption or moment regarding the Beltrami Humane Society/Great River Rescue over the years.  Please feel free to include a photo of an adopted pet, or a memorable event.  We would love to gather those stories to get a fuller picture of the impact this organization has had over the last 40 years.  Those stories are what makes our work worthwhile!

Thank you for caring.  Thank you for helping make Great River Rescue a successful organization that has stood the test of time.

-Brandon Mustful, Executive Director

January 2017

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