National Mill Dog Rescue

Rating: 4.75 stars   64 reviews

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Location: PO Box 88468 Colorado Spgs CO 80908 USA

Mission: To rescue, rehabilitate and rehome discarded breeding dogs and to educate the general public about the cruel realities of the commercial dog breeding industry. National Mill Dog Rescue was established in February 2007, in honor of a forgiving little Italian Greyhound named Lily. Theresa Strader, NMDR’s Founder, rescued Lily from a dog auction in Missouri. Prior to that day, Lily had spent the first seven years of her life as a commercial breeding dog, a puppy mill mom. Determined that her years of living in misery would not be in vain, Strader started NMDR, giving a voice to mill dogs across the country.
Results: As of December 2012 National Mill Dog Rescue has saved 6,943 puppy mill survivors.
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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I adopted a severly abused mill dog rescu a few years back and 4 years after his rescue he was still terrified of people. I ran across NMDR on the Internet, they invited me into their provate group of people who discuss how to help thise miill dogs and thier trainer helped me for free. I only met them a few months before my christopher died but he made more prpogrewss in those months and was happier than inteh previous 4 years. I din;t get him from them, they didn't rescue him and I was in a naother state and still they helped me and Christopher for no fee at all. The people I have met through this rescue ar ekind caring people who just want to help doggies. Ther yare my kind fo people.

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Rating: 4 stars  

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We had such a positive experience even just applying to adopt with NMDR that we traveled over 2 hours to go see their dogs! We are from Boulder County and tried some dog-rescue organizations closer to home but they proved much more difficult to work with. After our application was received by NMDR, we were promptly contacted, given literature, and told next steps to find our new adoptee. (Still waiting on word back from Farfel’s, grrr.)

The kennel was clean and positive-feeling with many pleasant workers and volunteers. The dogs were even bathed and groomed (for the most part). We were given lots of time to meet and play with all the potential adoptees and so felt like we were never rushed and therefore encouraged to find the “right” one.

After we adopted, we were given a prompt follow-up from them asking if everything went well in the first day and if we had any issues or questions. We were also given further information on behavioral specialists should we need it for the future.

Overall, we were VERY pleased with this experience. We will recommend NMDR to others who are looking to adopt. Thank you!

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I have been volunteering with National Mill Dog Rescue from the early days and have watched this organization grow tremendously over the years. The dedication of Theresa has always been an inspiration. To see how far we have come with volunteers who do the work, give selflessly of their time and efforts is outstanding. Regularly they drive long distances to pick up dogs no longer considered of any value. The housing, cleaning, feeding, vet care, grooming, tender fostering of so many to prepare these dogs for their forever homes speaks volumes for the dedication of these volunteers. It can be heart breaking at times, and tears often fall and hearts break over particularly sad cases. But when you walk down the aisle between kennels, and dogs who once cowered in fear, come forward and wag their tails, this makes it all worth while. Nothing else has been this rewarding. Hearts heal, love pours out, and dogs find a life they never knew existed.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

Words could never describe the emotional feeling I get every time I enter the kennel to volunteer at NMDR. Knowing that I'm going to assist dogs and puppies, who for some have never known love or a kind hand, makes me cry. However, when I'm there and I get to see their beautiful faces and wagging tails, tears turn to smiles and pure joy. I don't have much free time in my day to day life, but when I do, I make sure I'm out at the kennel or assisting with adoption fairs and fashion shows. The mission of NMDR is to educate on puppy mills, to rescue the unwanted and to rehabilitate. Anything I can do to assist in their endeavors and to get the word out on this amazing organization is an effort I'm willing to make.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I discovered National Mill Dog Rescue and Theresa Strader 4 years ago and have been committed to their mission ever since. We are a no kill rescue which is very important to me. I volunteer at the kennel weekly and can't get enough of these needy sweet dogs. It gives me a reason to get up in the morning and a sense of purpose which will be with me throughout my life. Theresa is a hero and a mentor for all the volunteers. I am grateful to belong to such a passionate organization; it drives us all.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would like more funding to pay for special needs dogs surgeries and treatment, improve and expand our building. Also to go on more rescues to save the lives of more dogs.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I am a groomer, and volunteer for NMDR in several ways. I have fostered dogs, helped rehabilitate the more severely traumatized dogs that come in, and even gone on a rescue to bring dogs to freedom. This is, by far, the most rewarding thing I have done, and an excellently run organization. I am even able to bring my children with me to volunteer and they are able to help out in so many different ways. They can be much more involved than other rescues we have volunteered for. Thanks, Theresa, for allowing your compassion to guide you, and allowing others to join in your passion for freeing dogs from horrible situations within the commercial dog breeding industry.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I started volunteering at NMDR about a year ago. I am a foster home, and I groom for them twice a week. Their facility is 35 miles from me, but well worth the drive. Most of the people there are extremely professional, and I have to say, this organization is really "for the dogs". They do ALL they can to make these dogs comfortable, healthy, and adoptable. While there may occasionally be a situation that all parties are not happy about, overall, it is an upright, amazing organization.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Theresa Strader is one of the most selfless people I know. She is the epitome of a hero. Simply put, she gives these animals life. She is their voice. NMDR is committed to placing all of the dogs that they rescue into forever homes. I have volunteered for a little over a year, but have supported the organization for almost two years. It took me a year to muster up the courage to visit the facility. I was certain, that emotionally, I wouldn't be able to handle what I thought I was going to see. Watching the consistent example set by other volunteers, I finally stepped up and went to volunteer at the rescue as a part of the cleaning team. I was happily surprised, it is, by far, the most rewarding experience. The dogs are so happy, some are timid and shy, but we must remember they are being exposed to a new life of freedom and love. After coming from a life of filth and be treated, literally, like a number they are experiencing unconditional love. NMDR is their saving grace.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

National Mill Dog Rescue is an amazing organization founded by Theresa Strader. I adopted my first dog from them in 2008 and began volunteering in 2009. I have never seen a more dedicated group of individuals working together. NMDR is like no other group out there. They provide 6 months of free, post adoption. behavioral support with a dog behaviorist and lifelong tips and support to adopters. They also have a lost dogs team and if an NMDR dog, no matter how long ago it was adopted, goes missing they will help bring her home. They have a motto, once an NMDR dog, always an NMDR dog. National Mill Dog Rescue is always working to rescue dogs and to educate the public about the commercial breeding industry. They will rescue any dog no matter the age, breed, size or health condition. They will treat any illness, no matter the cost and find every dog a loving forever family. With National Mill Dog Rescue, it truly is all about the dogs.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Nothing, they are a model and something every rescue should strive to be like.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I learned about National Mill Dog Rescue a few years ago. It started with them educating me about puppy mills. Since that time I have adopted a rescue dog from them and she is a sweetheart! It makes me tear up when I think about how awful the first five years must have been. I live near the shelter and have seen firsthand the amazing work that is going on through NMDR. The dogs are rescued from puppy mills and are given EVERYTHING they need to start their new lives. It is so touching to watch these dogs learn to trust, to give and receive love and to thrive. The dedication that the volunteers have is truly amazing! NMDR is truly worthy of recognition!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Nothing comes to mind!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I began donating monthly to NMDR about two years ago when I heard about and then saw what they were doing to save dogs. When we lost two of our dogs to old age & seizure disorders we adopted our first NMDR dog. After this adoption I started volunteering. I have worked as a cleaner at the most pristine kennel I have ever seen, I work at two adoption fairs a month, and every special event. I had one successful foster, and ended up adopting my second foster dog. I have made wonderful friends through this volunteer organization and love their "it's about the dogs" mission. Theresa Strader is the definition of love for dogs. Since it's inception in 2007 over 8200 dogs have been rescued, rehabbed and rehomed. They come in nearly dead and terrified and the volunteers love them back to health and into happy homes. This group changed my life and has taken over my heart.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

live on the premises and be with the dogs 24/7.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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