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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

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been following NMDR on Facebook for a couple of years now. They are an amazing nonprofit that helps former puppy mill dogs immensely. They have rescued over 11,000 puppy mill dogs so far, brought them back to their facility, and taken care of all their medical and dental needs. They also give them a bath and grooming, give them a soft, warm bed to sleep on, and give them clean water and nutritious food, all for the first time in their lives. They get to walk on grass for the first time and make friends with other puppy mill dogs there. Then they are put up for adoption and get forever homes. SOME day I want to take a volunteer vacation at NMDR and hopefully adopt one of their precious pups!

Donor

Rating: 5

Our daughter adopted Annie from NMDR in October 2010. In March of 2011 our daughter passed away, so in her honor we now sponsor cage 11. While visiting this spring, a sweet little girl had just been rescued on Harleys and Teddys last rescue. She had spent a long 8 years as a mill mommy and was free at last. We had just dropped off donations and had no intentions of bringing another dog into our family. Gracie had other intentions. She chose us and wouldn't let us leave without her. Annie and Gracie seem to know how their lives were the same and now are the best of friends. Thank you to Teressa and all the volunteers for their tireless work saving all these dogs. Thank You

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Donor

Rating: 4

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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Donor

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 5

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