Founded in September of 2017, the purpose of Tails of the Midwest Rescue is to take in unwanted, abandoned, abused, or stray pets and attempt to find suitable forever-homes for them. This will prevent possible neglect and/or euthanasia. This rescue is created and run by local volunteers in the Bismarck-Mandan community. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and fully foster-based.
Hello! My name is Marissa Rath. I’m a single-parent raising a 6-year old son and we have two dogs. Amelia is a four-year old American Staffordshire/Australian Cattle Dog. I had fostered her and her ten puppies for another rescue and once all the puppies found forever homes, I kept her. I also have a German Shepherd Mix named Aspen who is a year old that I adopted from our own rescue. I’ve been part of the rescue community for about six years. I work full-time for an insurance company as a claims benefit specialist and part-time cutting hair. I’ve been a licensed cosmetologist for eleven years. In my spare time, I love to cook and have been a vegetarian for fifteen years. I live for my daily coffee and you can find me most happy with my nose buried in a book. I am a certified holistic health coach and also am certified in crystal healing, aromatherapy, and holistic tarot.
Hello! I am Melissa Carson. I’m married with a 4-year old son and two dogs. Goose is a Golden Retriever and Rooster is an English Mastiff. I work full-time at an engineering firm and in my spare time I spend time with my family and dogs, playing volleyball, and shooting. My family loves to camp in the summer and we have a large backyard to spend time in with friends. I started fostering for another rescue a few years ago and got to see a senior dog find his forever family. After that, I was hooked on the feeling of pure joy of seeing the connection between dog and human come alive.
Hello! My name is Tiffany Christensen. I have been involved in animal rescue and dog training for over 15-years. After witnessing firsthand the hundreds of adoptable dogs being euthanized for behavioral problems that could be easily corrected, I began working with rescues to help rehabilitate and train their harder-to-adopt dogs to overcome their problems and become more likely to be adopted. I am an advocate for the No-Kill Initiative and firmly believe that all dogs deserve a chance at life. I moved to North Dakota in 2010 and fell in love with the area. In 2016, I opened Kanine Kingdom which offers doggy daycare, kennel-free boarding, and scientific based dog training to the Williston area. I currently live in Willison, ND with 9-dogs that I affectionately call my ‘kids’. Hunter is a 12-year old Labrador. Gunner is a 6-year old Mastiff/Lab mix. Rhaurie is a 6-year old Irish Wolfhound. Freddie is a 3-year old Irish Wolfhound/Lab mix. Cooper is a 12-year of Bichon. Lucy is a 3-year old Pomeranian/Dachshund mix. Ethel is an 8-year old Chihuahua. Ayana is a 6-year old Irish Wolfhound and Katie is a 1-year old Pitbull mix.
I have been an animal lover since I was a kid and brought home as many animals as my parents would let me (and some they wouldn’t let me.) In 2017 I bought a house and was able to start fostering. I’m also a student, a soldier and work as a home health aide but when people ask me for an introduction, the first thing I tell them is that I foster dogs! I have a nine year old black mutt named Alix who has shared all of life’s adventures with me since 2010 and a one year old black lab named Loki who I “foster failed” in Feb of 2019. I enjoy traveling, kayaking, camping, hiking, riding motorcycle and making things/art.