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Great River Rescue in Bemidji, Maine is a private, non-profit, companion animal shelter that houses approximately 70 homeless dogs and cats looking for suitable forever homes. The shelter provides quality care for the animals, spays/neuters them, and helps educate the public on responsible pet care.
Since their inception in 1977, Great River Rescue has helped thousands of animals find a second chance at life. Today, they help more than 400 animals each year, including offering low-cost spay/neuter services through the Petfixers program.
Thinking about adopting a lucky animal from Great River Rescue? Keep reading below for more information on their adoption process and fees.
Great River Rescue has a huge variety of pets just waiting to be the lucky one you choose. Here’s their simple adoption process:
Adoption fees at Great River Rescue are as follows:
Your adoption fee covers spay/neuter surgery, basic kennel vaccinations, deworming, flea treatment, ear checks, and a free rabies vaccination certificate honored at the local Animal Care Clinic. If you'd like, Great River Rescue can conduct blood tests for an additional $15 fee.
Our writing team is hard at work researching this shelter's adoption process and fees, so this page will be updated soon!
In the meantime, below you'll find some nice-to-know info that applies to nearly every animal shelter, humane society, and rescue.
Because shelter dogs are full of love!
Is it because they know you saved them and love you harder for it?
I can't say for certain, but yes.
Jokes aside, there are three things all shelter dogs need to thrive in their new home:
Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:
These issues are correctable! Your dog isn't broken, they're just damaged. You can fix them with enough love, patience, and a good training plan.
You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.
Adoption processes vary drastically from organization to organization, but here are some general tips that apply in most instances. Note that we'll use the term "shelters" here for simplicity but it includes all types of rescue organizations.
If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!
If you're looking to adopt a new dog, our Dog Adoption Guide is a must-read. It has everything you need to know about bringing a shelter dog home:
And we're adding new guides all the time.