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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Mission: Great River Rescue is committed to serving the best interest of the animals we strive to protect. Vision: Great River Rescue is dedicated to operating an animal shelter for the purpose of finding a quality forever home for each animal we serve, encouraging a community of responsible companion animal guardians, eliminating the community’s need to euthanize dogs and cats as a means of population control, and promoting a society where companion animals become more valued.

Results: We are proud to be one of the few “No – Kill” shelters in the United States. The “No – Kill” policy ensures that we do not euthanize animals on a routine basis in order to make room for other animals. Animals are euthanized only when they are considered unadoptable. Animals are considered unadoptable when the animal exhibits aggressive or biting behavior, health issues involve animal suffering, or when the cost to maintain health would interfere with the organization’s ability to help more animals. Since inception in 1977, Great River Rescue has helped over 10,000 animals with a second chance at life. We are very proud of these and other efforts which have made our dream a reality and now allows us to provide even greater quality service for more than 300 animals per year.

Target demographics: Companion animals and the people who love them.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 350 animals find new homes.

Geographic areas served: Companion Animal Welfare

Programs: We take in, care for, and find permanent homes for companion dogs and cats. We spay/neuter every pet prior to adoption and make sure they get all vet recommended vaccines and preventive care treatments. We also offer volunteer opportunities to the community and educate the public about responsible pet care.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 5

My name is Todd and I am a volunteer here at the Beltrami Humane Society.

I volunteer for several reasons. First and foremost, I believe that everyone could and should give back to the community in which they live.

In regards to the reason I volunteer here at BHS, I am not in a position to rescue, adopt, or foster one of these great companions. Since I cannot provide a 'forever-home', I give back by volunteering, doing what I can.

If you are like me and can't adopt, foster, rescue, or provide that 'forever-home', please consider donating your time. Or get in touch with the BHS to see what they need to keep going. You might be surprised how far your donation can go.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our Ruby in 2007 and had a wonderful experience with Beltrami Humane Society. Ruby is a mix of husky and probably yellow lab - a big girl but a great combination. The facility was clean and the dogs had large kennels in which to live. They have great outdoor facilities as well so the dogs could get exercise and fresh air. Most importantly, Ruby was well socialized with both humans and other dogs during her time at the shelter, and consequently very easy to bring into our home and neighborhood - this was very important to us. This is a "no kill" shelter and keeps the animals for life!


Rating: 5

Our family adopted our cat at the shelter, which was our first experience there. The staff were wonderful and the facility was clean and a very positive atmosphere. The experience was so positive that I started volunteering there and now serve on an education and Outreach Committee. This organization is very passionate about caring for animals and serving the community.