about us


Founded in June  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.


Marissa Rath

Hello! My name is Marissa Rath. I’m a single-parent raising a 4-year old son and two dogs. Kopa is a four year old Chiweenie. I took him and his sister in after finding out the abuse they had suffered and that they were going to be put-down. I ended up finding a home for the female but Kopa grew very attached to my son and vice-versa so he was here to stay. Amelia is a two year old Golden Retriever/Bulldog mix that looks nothing like either breed. I had fostered her and her ten puppies for another rescue and once all the puppies found forever homes, I kept her. I’ve been part of the rescue community for about four years and enjoy every second of it. 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 nine years. In my spare time, I love to cook and have been a vegetarian for thirteen 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 a wellness advocate for doTERRA Essential Oils. I am also certified in holistic tarot and crystal healing.


Melissa Carson

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.


Tiffany Christensen

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.

Cassandra Sattler

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.

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