About Tiny N Tall Rescue

​Tiny N Tall Rescue is a 501(c)(3) non for profit organization comprised of volunteers dedicated to providing temporary shelter, veterinary care and behavioral support for small and giant breed dogs as they transition into carefully selected homes. We rescue Tiny breeds under 25 pounds and Giant breeds. Our rescue is all foster based and we rely solely on donations.


We provide medical care, shelter, a full belly and lots of LOVE to Tiny and Giant breed dogs. We have a great team of foster homes and volunteers that make this possible.  

Our Story

Tiny N Tall Rescue, Inc. was established in 2017 by Melissa Young and Niccalina Santilli, who both grew up with tiny dogs and now as adults both own Great Danes . After recognizing the need for a rescue dedicated to the tinies and talls of the canine world, the rest was history! They dedicate their time to providing medical care, shelter, a full belly and lots of LOVE to tiny and giant breed dogs until they find their furever homes.


Melissa is married with three children, one girl and two boys. She has three Great Danes.

Niccalina is in a long term relationship with her boyfriend. They have one dog together, a Great Dane, Luigi.

Dear AMAZING Team,

Our hearts are filled with gratitude and we are thankful to all of our volunteers and foster homes

who dedicate their time to saving dogs, daily.

We are writing to inform you that the two Co-Founders of Tiny N Tall Rescue, Inc., Niccalina

Santilli & Melissa (Missy) Young, have decided to part ways. This has been a heart-wrenching

decision. It is ultimately in the BEST interest of all parties involved, most importantly the dogs.

We ALL value and appreciate the years of support and time you have given us. Niccalina will

continue to serve Tiny N Tall Rescue, Inc; Missy is going on her own and will no longer be with


Both Melissa & Niccalina will continue saving the lives of many deserving animals, just as

separate entities.

We encourage and hope that you will continue saving lives as well, whether that be continuing to

volunteer or foster with Tiny N Tall Rescue, Inc. or alongside Melissa in her new endeavors.

We appreciate your understanding and patience during this time.

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