National Mill Dog Rescue

Rating: 4.83 stars   101 reviews


PO Box 88468 Colorado Spgs CO 80908 USA


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.


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.

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We work to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome discarded commercial breeding dogs


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

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Rating: 4 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

I have adopted 2 former puppy mill dogs from the National Mill Dog Rescue. They are an AMAZING organization that have saved nearly 11,000 dogs from the deplorable conditions of puppy mills. The staff, foster families and volunteers are truly remarkable people and live by their motto, "It's all about the dogs." They do everything they can to rescue and rehabilitate the precious souls they rescue. I can't say enough good things about them. I donate every month to them because I think their work is that important. The attached photo is my first mill dog, Kiwi. This was the day after she was rescued from the puppy mill, the and the day before I found her.

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

It gives you hope seeing these precious dogs rescued from this deplorable way of providing puppies for profit at the expense of their parents. I want to cry seeing these dogs but happy they are rescued one dog at a time.

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

Several years ago, my Mom adopted a rescue from NMDR. Since then, I have been following their relentless efforts to save the helpless and abused mill dogs. What a great organization and extraordinary group of volunteers! Because of them, I have hope that one day dog mills will be no longer exist and the cruelty and suffering of these pups will finally end.

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

National Mill is an excellent organization! They have gone on countless life saving trips to rescue as many puppy mill dogs as they can! I help them when I can and they have a great website selling items anywhere from Sigg water bottles with superheroes Teddy and Harley on them to t-shirts all benefiting the thousands of helpless puppy mill dogs.

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

When I first heard of Teresa Strader and the story of Lily it broke my heart and I became a huge supporter and advocate for this cause. She is an amazing person who has dedicated her life to rescuing these mill dogs in Lily's honor. This organization has grown into one of the most dedicated and compassionate rescues existing today. They have hundreds of volunteers who help keep this place running and I'm proud to be a financial supporter and I look forward to one day being able to visit in person and give of my time as well. May God continue to bless them and keep them safe in their travels. Thank you Teresa for all you do to help save these helpless animals and thanks to all your volunteers and all who play a part in keeping this organization running. Xoxo

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