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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

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 May 2016 National Mill Dog Rescue has saved 10,727 puppy mill survivors.

Target demographics: the puppy mill dogs and to educate the public about the cruel reality of the puppy mill industry.

Geographic areas served: We work to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome discarded commercial breeding dogs

Programs: Rescue Program Veterinary Care Program Animal Care & Rehabilitation Program Adoptions Program Education & Outreach Program

Community Stories

18 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our sweet Jake from NMDR in 2011. He is still shyour around most people and in most situations, but he has learned to be a dog with us. It was an amazing journey for all of us. Now he is an old gentleman Keeshond of 12, but still wonderfully active. Thanks to NMDR for this great addition to our family. And thanks for the wonderful work you do.

Nancy Beaudrot

Client Served

Rating: 5

National Mill Dog Rescue's mission is to rescue and re-home discarded breeding dogs, and to educate the public about the dog breeding industry. Our first experience was adopting our guy in 2014. I was so impressed with how thoroughly the organization provided education to me as a potential adopter. These dogs have many special needs due to their isolation, neglect, and abuse in their lives as puppy producers. I felt we were made very aware of both the dogs' issues and the resources available to assist families in dealing with the unusual behaviors the dogs may present. The social media advice groups and the availability of rehab people and trainers assist the families in solving behavior problems and provide encouragement for the job of socializing these pups. We adopted another pup a year later, and these two fur brothers are having an amazing "second life" with good food, toys, a warm soft bed, and people who love them because of their rescue by National Mill Dog Rescue.

Client Served

Rating: 5

A little over three years ago, I stumbled across National Mill Dog Rescue on social media. Being a true dog and animal lover in general, their work intrigued me and I began my research. All signs pointed to them being the absolute real deal and so I began to see 'who' I might bring home to provide a safe, comfortable home to for the last part of their life. I met an eight year old Maltese on line named Hannah. This was just the beginning. We now have SIX National Mill Dog alumni - the old, blind, deaf and handicapped - we're a gang of misfits and while others would have turned their back on these pups, National Mill Dog Rescue but their time, energy and finances to work! The work that they do is immeasurable and consistently 'about the dogs'. I am a volunteer, a contributor, a foster mom and an adopter. I study carefully their annual report as I am very particular about organizations that I put this much energy and emotion behind and I continue, going on four years later, to be 100% sold on this organization and the way they run this business of rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming for the unwanted. A GREAT non-profit, in my opinion. Theresa Strader is my hero and a shining example of what just one very committed person can do (with a whole lot of help)!

7 Bernadette4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

There are just not enough words I could use when talking about National Mill Dog Rescue! Started by one woman, a mill dog named Lily and a desire to rescue and re-home discarded breeding dogs from the commercial breeding industry, NMDR is a safe haven for both the rescued dogs and the volunteers who give their time and energy to help maintain it! I went there planning on having the volunteers bring me the dogs I was interested in (not wanting to see what I thought was going to be just another shelter atmosphere) to spending 4 hours touring, asking questions, visiting with the dogs and ultimately adopting one and signing up to volunteer! I have been a proud mill dog rescue human mother to a now 5 year old Boston Terrier for 1 year now and a volunteer for almost as long. I am proud to be a part of an organization with high moral and ethical values and standards. Pride is shown in the cleanliness of the kennels, the love and care the dogs receive , and the "no expense is too much" when it comes to the health and well-being in the medical care for these dogs. Theresa, the heart and soul of National Mill Dog Rescue , isn't just the founder, the face behind the organization but works tirelessly along side each and every volunteer in any and every needed way! Thank you NMDR for being a NON PROFIT that MAKES A DIFFERENCE!

Previous Stories
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Client Served

Rating: 5

Last June I sent my 15 old golden retriever yellow lab Over the rainbow bridge. 3 weeks later I found about national mill dog rescue on the petango website. I fell in love with a dog on the site and decided to go out and see her. Little did I know how impressive this facility was that I ended up spending four hours there just looking at dogs and listening to the volunteers tell me about the facility and a wonderful woman named Theresa. After adopting my dog a few weeks later I returned and this time became a volunteer and I love every moment of it. The care and dedication that everyone involved as shown these animals is truly inspiring and brings happy tears to my eyes.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

After a long battle of diabetes and blindness, our Black Lab Sam passed away on December 29, 2014. We started looking for a new dog but wasn't in any rush. We didn't know what breed of dog, just new we didn't want a young dog. We happened to find a ShihTzu on a website. We decided that we were going to try and adopt her. She came from a puppy mill in Kansas and was rescued by National Mill Dog Rescue. This was not our first puppy mill dog. We had another ShihTzu for 3 years prior to his passing in August of 2014. The pictures of Windy just pierced our hearts with love. She looked very similar to Quincy. My family filled out all of the paperwork online, sent pictures of our backyard in Colorado and were given the OK to head out to the NMDR kennel in Peyton. As we walked into the kennel, we were shocked..it smelled clean. Most kennels that we have been to in the past, reaked of urine and feces but not NMDR. We were giving a tour of the facility and it was so nice. So many dogs. Our Windy was so excited to see us. She was jumping up and dancing in the kennel like she KNEW we were there for her. The paperwork was finalized and Windy was coming home with us!! Dawn, the volunteer that helped us out mentioned that there was a volunteer orientation in 2 weeks. I showed up for that orientation and haven't looked back since. I just want to learn so much. I want to help these dogs. I have told Theresa Strader and a few other volunteers that NMDR does not only rescue dogs, they rescue people too. My life has been horrible the last few years. NMDR gives me hope that I am going to be fine. I try to go to the kennel a few times a week for my "dog therapy." NMDR is such a great organization. I can not thank Theresa enough. Windy is doing great in our family and I am doing wonderful in NMDR family.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Five years ago, I lost my beloved Cavalier King Charles Spaniel to cancer and old age (She was 15). Our family had brought her back with us from Australia, where we lived for a year and a half. About four months later, when I felt ready for another dog, I researched "Cavalier Rescues" but there were no groups in Colorado. However, continued searching led me to National Mill Dog Rescue in Colorado Springs, and I emailed them, inquiring about Cavaliers. Yes! they wrote back, sometimes they did rescue these sweet dogs from puppy mills. They suggested I fill out the application and have the required home visit---all happened quickly, and within a week, I had an email that they were taking a van to Missouri for a rescue, and they would be bringing back two Cavaliers! The rest is history: my 14 year-old son and I drove down to their kennel from Denver, visited with several wonderful dogs, and our Darcy ("Bridget" then) climbed right into my son's lap! She definitely chose us. Her age is uncertain, hopefully her past life living in a cage for years is forgotten, and Darcy gives and receives love every day, with her constantly wagging tail. In the beginning, she didn't know how to navigate stairs or walk with a leash, but she learned all this and more. She has blessed us many times over, in times of sadness and times of joy. We are so grateful for the good work that National Mill Dog Rescue does! Words cannot adequately express our gratitude.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We flew out to Colorado to adopt Lindsey our six year old Maltese just four weeks ago. We had her checked out by a vet in Denver just to ensure she was good to fly. The vet herself could not believe Lindsey came from a rescue. The work that was completed on her was great. Poor thing had 20 teeth removed, they fixed her hernia and spayed her. I was VERY impressed with this rescue organization. It is very well run and I suspect this is a representation of Theresa Strader (Founder) . She and Everyone within this organization deserve a gold medal and a place in heaven. The hard work and dedication that is displayed here is beyond amazing!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our Corgi from NMDR almost 4 years ago. She was hours away from dying when they found her and rushed her to an emergency vet. NMDR spent thousands of dollars on her care. Weeks later when she was better we were fortunate to be able to adopt her. She is a wonderful addition to our family. We are very grateful to Teresa Strader and all the volunteers at NMDR, they are truly angels.

10 John283

Client Served

Rating: 5

My wife and I adopted a very special female Yorkie from the NMDR team and she has been a blessing to our family. She is full of love and loves to snuggle and its hard to believe what she went through and how she was treated. She still a little skittish today but not as much as when we first got her. The NMDR cares for the animals and is a wonderful organization doing great work to help these animals that can't speak for themselves.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my girl Dolly from NMDR two-and-a-half years ago, and I can't imagine what her life was like before they rescued her. (Or what my life was like before she came into our family!) She knew nothing about stairs, and refused to walk across thresholds of any type. I'd read about the Maltese breed, and it said they are happy and energetic. I thought "well, I guess I got the one Maltese that's not peppy." Now, though, she's completely adapted to being a "real dog" instead of a puppy mill breeder. She races around with a smile on her face, and bounces like a bunny with excitement when she gets outside. I am so appreciative of NMDR for bringing my baby girl to freedom and into my life!