Great Tails Animal Rescue, a nonprofit organization in the Itasca County Area with the mission of providing temporary shelter and veterinary care for stray, abandoned, and surrendered animals of Itasca County, has received a challenge grant that will match donations up to $50,000 for Great Tail’s building fund.  This challenge grant is open until December 31, 2021.  The other great news is that the City of Cohasset has donated a 4-5 acre site for them to build a 5-6000 square-foot permanent shelter. The land is located in Cohasset’s Industrial Park.  With $200,000 already in their building fund and the donated land, they are close to making the permanent shelter a reality. Lacey Paulley, Vice President of the Great Tails Board, says, “We are so thankful to the City of Cohasset and all the donors for contributing to a much-needed animal shelter in the Itasca Area.”


Great Tails is 100% foster-based and, currently, volunteers house these pets in their own homes.  At any given time, their foster program will have approximately 30-40 animals in their care, and it is getting harder to find shelter for these animals, especially hard-to-place animals.  Great Tails has partnered with the Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation and has set up a building fund at the Foundation.  You can donate online at, and click on Donate and select Great Tails Animal Rescue Building Fund.  You can also send or drop off donations to the Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation at 350 NW 1st Avenue, Suite E, Grand Rapids, MN 55744.  Further, Great Tails is having a rummage sale to raise money on September 18 and 19 in the Central Square Mall.


PHOTO: Susan Lynch, Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation, and Duffy