Great River Rescue

Great River Rescue - Meet Your New Best Friend!

Bemidji, MN   |  www.greatriverrescue.com

Mission

Great River Rescue transitions dogs and cats to loving homes, serves as a community resource, and advocates for kind, responsible pet care.

Notes from the nonprofit

Great River Rescue is a community nonprofit organization. We depend on support from the community to continue to do our work. We work to create a world where animals are more valued and there no longer exists needless euthanasia of companion animals.

Ruling year info

1987

Executive Director

Brandon Thomas Mustful

Main address

1612 Carr Lake Rd SE

Bemidji, MN 56601 USA

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Formerly known as

Beltrami Humane Society

EIN

41-1551248

NTEE code info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Great River Rescue strives to solve the problem of pet overpopulation. This issue leads to the needless euthanasia of millions of companion animals every year. Additionally, it causes overcrowding in shelters, the spread of disease among animals, and the potential for abuse and neglect of these animals.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Adoption program

Great River Rescue takes in stray or unwanted companion animals from Bemidji and the surrounding communities. All animals are vaccinated against disease, given preventative veterinary care, spayed/neutered prior to adoption, and given behavioral enrichment. Animals with behavior issues are given extra attention and training to become more adoptable. All animals taken-in are given the highest quality care possible.

After a brief intake period, animals are available for adoption. All potential adopters are screened and animals are adopted to responsible pet owners.

Population(s) Served

Great River Rescue operates a low-cost spay/neuter program for qualified low-income pet owners and caretakers called Pet Fixers. In 2020, 683 dogs and cats were spayed/neutered through our program. Pets also receive basic wellness services as requested by clients such as core vaccinations, deworming, and microchipping.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Average number of days of shelter stay for animals

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Adoption program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

The average number of days an animal spends at our shelter prior to being adopted.

Number of animal adoptions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Adoption program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The total adoptions of dogs and cats into new homes.

Number of animals euthanized

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Adoption program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

Great River Rescue is a no-kill animal shelter. We only euthanize when it is the best thing for the animal.

Total dollars of operating costs per animal per day

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Adoption program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

The average cost of care per animal per day.

Number of list subscribers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total number of online newsletter subscribers.

Number of overall donors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total number of people who donated to our organization during the year.

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Adoption program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Average number of recorded volunteers each month.

Average number of dollars received per donor

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Average gift size.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Great River Rescue's Six Strategic Goals are as follows:

• Help the Most Animals
• Highest Quality Care for the Animals
• Positive Financial Health
• Clarity of Purpose
• Positive Image in the Community
• Be a Community Resource

Great River Rescue's Nine Strategies to Achieve our Goals are as Follows:

• Change the Name of the Organization
• Develop Strategic Partnerships
• Increase Marketing and Outreach Activities
• Recruit and Retain Qualified Staff
• Increase Revenue
• Advocate for Animals
• Improve the Facility and Grounds
• Explore New Programs
• Improve the Efficiency of the Organization

Great River Rescue has a variety of resources to allow us to work on our strategies and achieve our goals. First of all, we own our own shelter building which has space for up to 45 cats and 25 dogs at any one time. The facility includes dog and cat kennels, cat rooms, a grooming area, quarantine areas, a storage warehouse, and several outdoor dog pens and exercise areas.

Secondly, the Rescue has access to wide variety of human resources. We have an 8 - 10 member staff to oversee the every day operations of the shelter. We also have a Board of Directors which dictate governance and policy of the organization. Additionally, we have access to hundreds of volunteers who have trained in to do specific shelter tasks.

In 2020, Great River Rescue also acquired the Petfixers Spay/Neuter Assistance Program. Through this program, we now offer low-cost spay/neuter services for low income pet owners and caretakers of feral cats. At each clinic, held monthly, about 60 - 70 animals are spayed or neutered.

Finally, we have a high volume of community supporters. Each year Great River Rescue raises 80 - 100 thousand dollars from community donations, fundraisers, and ongoing projects.

Great River Rescue is making progress in a number of areas outlined in our strategic plan. For example, we have made progress in the following areas:

1. We have established an operating reserve for the organization.
2. We are adopting out animals more quickly than in the past.
3. We have been improving our physical facilities over the past few years.
4. We are conducting more educational outreach than ever before.

On the other hand, there is still much more work to be done. Some of the things we are still working on include:

1. We are trying to build positive partnerships with vet offices and municipalities
2. We are working to improve our financial stability all the time.
3. We are trying to provide more opportunities for children to learn about animal care.
4. We are trying to clarify our purpose in the community.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.),

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We have updated our adoption process recently to make it more relational and less transactional.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Great River Rescue

Board of directors
as of 6/15/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Ann Mork


Board co-chair

Ara Gallo

Eric Sundem

Ann Mork

Ara Gallo

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Barbara Godding

Jaimee Towers

Jeanne Edevold-Larson

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Eric Thorsgard, DVM

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Kevin Johnson

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Kendis Scharenbroich

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Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 02/04/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Decline to state
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/15/2020

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Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.