Walk-In Wednesdays

Walk-ins Are Welcome!

Great River Rescue will be welcome to walk-in visitors and have extended hours every Wednesday in March. The shelter shifted to an appointment-only system shortly after the pandemic began in 2020. However, with adoption rates down, and plenty of adoptable pets available, shelter leadership decided it was time to make a change.

“We want everyone to know that they are welcome to come and visit our shelter pets,” said Executive Director Brandon Mustful. “We can’t continue saving animals unless we have adopters!”

Great River Rescue completed only 13 adoptions during the month of January 2023, the fewest number of adoptions in over a decade. Adoption rates have been particularly slow for shelter dogs. Currently, the shelter has twelve adoptable dogs available, which is right at their limit of capacity for care.

The shelter will be open from 12:30 to 7 pm every Wednesday in March. Appointments to visit shelter pets may still be made through their website. However, those without appointments will be welcome to visit with shelter pets if staff are available to assist. The temporary walk-in program may be extended after the month of March if successful.

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