Appalachian Bear Rescue is a one-of-a-kind 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides an urgently needed alternative for wildlife officials trying to save the lives of orphaned and injured black bear cubs. We are a 99% volunteer organization and if it weren’t for the hundreds of people who have donated their time and money, ABR would not exist.

We could not help rescue black bear cubs without the generosity of our corporate donors. Please help us thank them for their support by patronizing them whenever possible.


Wildlife Science, College of Veterinary Medicine
Animal Psychology Department
The University of Tennessee in Knoxville provides our bears with with life saving surgery and permits us to regularly consult with them about bear feeding and health issues.


Great Smoky Mountains Association
graciously permits us to sell a Tino print of a bear in the Sugarlands Visitor Center store.


Great Smoky Mountain Outdoors Whitewater Rafting Company
in Gatlinburg, TN donates $$ from each rafting trip booked during the season.


The Village in Gatlinburg
generously allows ABR to retrieve the “fountain money” that collects in the fountains and pools on its establishment.


The Chocolate Bar
in Townsend partnered with us for Valentine’s Day 2012. They offered many different bear themed chocolate treats. We advertised them on our FB page. They gave us a percentage of their sales. They will do this with us on any appropriate holiday or event. They also allowed us to teach a class for Tremont students in their store.

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Steel Plate Fabricators

Steel Plate Fabricators donated much of their work to create custom metal doors for our Cub House.


Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Friends of GSM National Park
ABR works closely with the GSMNP and we deeply appreciate the generous financial support of the Park by agreeing to have ABR included on the ‘Needs Lists’ from Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.


Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency

ABR is licensed and regulated by TWRA which performs annual inspections of our facilities.


Why the Smokies Real Estate
donated the ABR booth at the 2012 Troutfest in Townsend.


Smoky Mountain Ziplines
installed a zipline in ABR’s wild enclosure.


G Webb Gallery
donates a portion of proceeds from sales of bear prints to ABR.


Jackson Mountain Homes
If you are looking for an affordable escape that’s perfect for families, couples and seniors, a Gatlinburg cabin or Gatlinburg chalet in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains is calling your name.Jackson Mountain Home supports ABR through donations of portions of cabin rentals.


World Society for the Protection of Animals
has provided us with multiple printings of the Bear Safe Guide, a brochure we distribute that contains a wealth of information on what to do if you encounter a black bear.


The Shops at Trillium Cove
in Townsend TN host events such as Black Bear Expo and Blackberry Jam, to raise funds for ABR.


Eagle Springs Winery
bottles special releases of wine to support cubs at ABR; ABR receives $5.00 per bottle sold for special releases throughout the year.


Avis/Budget Group provides the transportation for Bear Necessities.


Village Market IGA
in Townsend, TN sponsors the “Chubby Cubby” campaign.


Kramer Rayson LLP
attorneys have donated their legal advice about charitable deductions, real property issues, our insurance contracts and any number of other legal questions that arise from managing a non-profit, tax-exempt corporation.


Danny Davis Electrical Contractors
donated materials and provided labor to furnish light and power to new storage buildings, including cub nursery.


Cades Cove Cellars
donates $1.00 per bottle for every bottle of Blackberry Wine sold.


Gallant DesignWorks donated design and development this website for ABR.

D-Lite Candles

2015 Bear Necessities Sponsors

Sponsors in Kind

ATW Financial Strategy

Sandy and Hank Bertelkamp

Blackwood Insurance Associates

The Blalock Companies

The Boyd Family

Kevin and Chelly Clayton

Clayton Homes

CORE Benefits

Mike and Mary Crawford

Dancing Bear Lodge and Appalachian Bistro


Eagle Springs Winery

Emert Family

Whitney Erickson

Erie Insurance

Fox Toyota

Friends of the Smokies

Ed Harmon

Honorable Doug Overbey, Bob Ramsey and Art Swann

Jones Media, Inc.

KenJo Markets

Kramer Rayson LLP

Debbie and Joe Matteo

NAI Knoxville

Ron and Lynda Nutt

Oak Ridge Strategies Group

Kathryn and Clyde Peery

Richardson Construction LLC

Riverside Towers, Linda Ogle

Jeanie and Barry VanWinkle

Visionary Horizons Wealth Management

Whispering River Resort, the Sudmans

Alexander Graphics, Inc

The Barn Event Center of the Smokies


Bear Land Realty & Auction

Boogertown Gap

Avis/Budget Rentals

Hart Graphics

Kendall Epley

Morton and Becky Massey

Townsend IGA