0 Years
0+ Animals
100+ Volunteers
501(c)3 Non-Profit

A Rescue Was Born

Within a year of moving to Rolette County, North Dakota, TMAR’s founder Keith Benning turned his entire life and home into a makeshift animal shelter. Whether he intended to or not, a rescue was born.

TMAR operates in an underserved community where veterinary access is sparce and local animals are in desperate need of a helping hand. We work hand in hand with our comunity to save thousands of animals each year. Independant rescuers within the community play a pivotal role in shaping local attitudes toward strays, encouraging responsible pet ownership and advocating for the humane treatment of animals. We are nothing without our community, we are nothing without our volunteers.

Thank You To Our Volunteers

Within TMAR, no one person wants, asks or needs credit for the volunteer work they do. In fact, if you ask anyone involved, each person gives credit to the next person, or to the whole team. This is one of the reasons why we have been so successful in our efforts: our volunteers function as a selfless and cohesive team.

Interested in giving a helping hand? Check out our How To Help page, or donate now!

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Meet the tmar board!

Keith Benning Founder 2015
TMAR’s founder and shelter manager, Keith Benning, a Deputy Sheriff and Municipal Judge in the county.
Trista Zacharias Joined 2016
My role with TMAR has changed over the years, and now I’ve settled nicely into a position as lead cat coordinator which includes placement in foster care and ultimately their forever homes! I also serve on the board and assist with message intake.
Aliah Chappell Joined 2016
Aliah has been volunteering and serving on the board of directors for TMAR since 2016. She lives in Hatton, ND with her husband, son, and 3 dogs (one that is a TMAR foster fail). When she isn’t helping TMAR she works as a registered nurse for the University of North Dakota.
Erin Buzick Joined 2018
After almost 10 years as a foster for another great rescue organization, she felt strongly about TMARs mission and has helped with expansion and oversight of the foster program along with assisting with the day-to-day operational responsibilities of the rescue.
Krista Majkrzak Joined 2018
Chelsea Radi Joined 2020
I love to see my fosters thriving in their forever homes and knowing there were so many wonderful people who helped get them there. I’ve always had a passion to help animals; currently I live with my husband Tyler, Dog Libby, and Phi the cat. I have many roles with TMAR which include board member, dog behaviorist, event planner in Grand Forks, coordinating the medical calendar, and fostering.
Andrea Coombs Joined 2018
I am Andrea and I am the adoption coordinator. I have been with TMAR since 2018. July 2018 was the first month TMAR started dog adoptions. We adopted 12 dogs that month and were thrilled. Now we adopt over 70 a month. It's been exciting to be a part of such an amazing organization.
C.J. English Joined 2016
Rescue Writer. Award-Winning, Best-Selling Author in animal rights. Passionate vegetarian. Pit bull mom.

Featured Rescue Stories:

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