Walk for Animals | Bark for Life 2017

An afternoon filled with learning activities, food, a beautiful walk, and coming together to support both Great River Rescue and the American Cancer Society.

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A fundraising event for Great River Rescue

Event Information

1:00pm Sunday, June 11, 2017

Location Change- The event has been moved to the Rotary Pavilion on the Lake Bemidji Waterfront by Paul and Babe.

Walk for Animals | Bark for Life

This year's event is taking place June 11th at the Rotary Pavilion on the Lake Bemidji Waterfront from 1 to 3pm. Each year, animal lovers unite for this dog walk along beautiful Lake Bemidji.  This annual event encourages participants to raise funds for the cause and join us for a fun day of walking and other pet related activities.  It is a fun afternoon filled with learning activities, food, fellowship, and coming together to support both Great River Rescue and the American Cancer Society. Some other activities and highlights this year will include: 

  • Hot dog, chips, and pop lunch (Hot dogs provided by Lucky Dogs of Bemidji!)
  • Great prizes for our top fundraising individuals
  • Announcement of online photo contest winners
  • An event t-shirt with registration (register early to guarantee we'll have a shirt for you)
  • Animal behavior and training presentations
  • Cancer survivor story
  • Pet supply vendors
  • And so much more!

GRR 2018 Calendar Photo Contest

Great River Rescue is hosting an online photo contest to highlight adopted and rescued pets and the people who love them.  By submitting your photo you will have a chance of getting in our 2018 Calendar which will be printed later this year.  Photo submissions will be accepted from May 1 - May 22.  Voting will be allowed from May 1 - June 10.  The winners will be announced at the Walk.  Learn all about the contest and submit your photos here: http://www.gogophotocontest.com/greatriverrescue


  • All dogs must be leashed and  vaccinated.
  • Please do not bring a female in season.
  • Dogs only please – but  signs or photos of your cat, bird, snake, fish or other companion animals are welcome.
  • Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied on the walk by an adult.
  • Walkers must be able to control their dogs and are responsible for cleaning up after them.  Plastic bags and paper towels will be  provided.
  • Please no roller blades, bicycles or skate-boards.

Event Fundraising

The Walk for Animals/Bark for Life is a fundraising event in which participants are encouraged to raise funds by asking family, friends, co-workers, etc. to support our cause by sponsoring them.  Through our online partner, GiveGab, it is really easy and fun to raise support.  Once you register, you will be given a fundraising page automatically with everything you need to start fundraising.  You can also create a team of fundraisers.  For example, the staff at Great River Rescue had a team last year called Great River Rescue Rangers.  Together, we raised $1,000 for shelter pets!

Please participate as a fundraiser for our Walk/Bark 2017. You will be helping our causes, plus, top fundraisers will win great prizes!

Youth Group Special

All Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, Youth Groups, of up to six participants may register for only $30 for the whole group!  Groups are strongly encouraged to fundraise for our cause.  The top fundraising youth group will win a special prize!

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About the Organization

A private nonprofit animal shelter. We take in abandoned, lost, and unwanted animals and care for them while they wait for their permanent homes.