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.


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 for the ABR website.

D-Lite Candles

2018 Bear Necessities Sponsors

Allevia Technology
Marilyn and Michael Anderson 
Vicki and Bill Brakebill 
Kim and Greg Bridges 
Kristi, Jim, James and Andrea Buchholz 
Carol and Bob Castiglione
CORE Benefits
Maria Cornelius
Janis and Jerry Cunningham 
DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee, Inc.
Danny Davis Electrical Contractors, Inc.
Cindy and Joe Emert 
Whitney Erickson 
Erie Insurance
First Tennessee Bank 
Fox Toyota
The Greystone Lodge on the River
Laurie Gunter
Guyton & Frere, Elder Law Attys.
Denise and Rod Hall 
In Loving Memory of Jane McKinnon
James P. Grooms, CLU, ChFC
KenJo Markets
Susan and Pat Moore
Daniela Kohl 

Kramer Rayson LLP
Angela and Randy Massey 
Carol Lind Mooney 
NAI Knoxville, Maribell Koella
National Parks Conservation Association
Clyde Peery 
Sandra and Benny P’Pool
Rainscapes Construction
Honorable Bob Ramsey, Art Swann and Jerome Moon
Richardson Construction LLC
Riverside Towers, Linda Ogle
Cam and Tom Sabo 
Lucy and Michael Schaad 
Smoky Mountain Outdoor Center
Darlene and Ed St. Clair
Kim Stancil 
Julia Swords 
Tennessee State Bank
TN Bear Hunters Association
Twin City Dealerships 
Mary Ann and Sam Venable
Volunteer Mechanical, Inc.
DiAnne and Greg Wilson 
Zander Insurance Group

In Kind Sponsors

Alexander Graphics, Inc.
The Daily Times
Gatlinburg Event Center
Hart Graphics
M&D Hills Photography
The Mountain Press
WUOT 91.9 FM Radio

Presenting Sponsors 

Cades Cove Cellars



Trushel Living Trust