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.

USA Borescopes provides borescopes and videoscopes to aerospace, aviation and helicopter maintenance professionals. 


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.


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


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.


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


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


Avis/Budget Group provides the transportation for Bear Necessities.


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


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.


Gallant DesignWorks donated design and development for the ABR website.

2019 Bear Necessities Sponsors

Presenting Sponsors:
Janis and Jerry Cunningham
Trushel Living Trust

Melissa and Jeff Arney
Vicki and Bill Brakebill
Cades Cove Cellars
Shelley Carmichael
CORE Benefits
Maria Cornelius
DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee, Inc.
Whitney Erickson
Erie Insurance
Fox Toyota
Friends of the Bears
The Greystone Lodge on the River
Laurie Gunter
Guyton & Frere, Elder Law Attorneys
Denise and Rod Hall
Colonel William and Caroline Haynes
Connie and Gerald Hodge
In Loving Memory of Jane McKinnon
Doris Keane

KenJo Markets
Maribel Koella
Kramer Rayson LLP
Betsy and Mark Lybrand
Mina and Randy McVeigh
Susan and Pat Moore
National Parks Conservation Association
Clyde Peery
Rainscapes Irrigation
Honorable Bob Ramsey, Art Swann and Jerome Moon
Margaret and Kerry Remp
Richardson Construction LLC
Louis and Mary Ann Rudolph
Cam and Tom Sabo
Smoky Mountain Outdoor Center
Darlene and Ed St. Clair
Kim Stancil
Twin City Dealerships
Jeanie and Barry VanWinkle
Mary Ann and Sam Venable
Volunteer Mechanical Inc.
DiAnne and Greg Wilson
Zoo Knoxville
In Loving Memory of Mr. Jim Grooms , Retired ABR Board Member 


Sponsors In Kind:
Alexander Graphics Inc.
The Daily Times
Hart Graphics
M&D Hills Photography
Pree’s Tree Services
Rocky Top Tours
Townsend Parkway Grocery
University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine
Wes Meadows Welding
Willocks Brothers Block Company