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BREEDER RELEASE ADOPTION SERVICE
August 18, 2012

I've known Conni for a few years now and have adopted 2 dogs from her. Yes, she is very cautious about who gets her dogs, and I admire her for that. If you don't care who gets your dogs you list them on craigslist. The dogs BRAS gets have for the most part come from a living hell, and trust me when I say most will have issues, if they are older. With a lot of patience and understanding and love, they will probably improve some, but they will never be a "normal" dog, and Conni doesn't want them abandoned because of that. As for the puppies, they're lucky, they got out before the abuse started. And Conni wants them to have the best life possible, and that doesn't happen if they're left alone all day, I don't care how much of a professional you are! I admire Conni and Chris a great deal, I'm not sure I could do what they do over and over at the auctions and dealing with millers. They have every right to pick and choose who adopts their little ones.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

MY ROLE:
Client Served

National Mill Dog Rescue
May 18, 2012

I volunteered at Mill Dog for over a year. At the time they hadn't been in their current building long, so many of the problems I saw immediately I figured would improve once they settled in and got procedures in place. Well, nothing changed in the year I was there. Theresa Strader has said many times she wants nothing to do with running the kennel, she just wants to rescue dogs. That is blatantly evident if you spend any time there at all. The problem with that is, getting the dogs out of the mills is one thing, but they need a lot of rehab that they are not getting from NMDR. In fact, many of the dogs have more issues after they're "rescued" because of the improper treatment in the NMDR kennels. They have a revolving door of volunteers because so many get discouraged and leave, so there is no consistency in the care of the dogs. They do not get the proper medications because every day someone different does it. The place is disgustingly dirty. No money has been put into the kennel unless it's done by volunteers. I frankly don't know where all the donations go - except to take people to lunch on the NMDR credit card. Dozens of dogs in their foster program have been lost due to poor bookkeeping. Mice get into the food that is stored there. Blue Buffalo donated a year's worth of food to them and after a few months they were asking supporters for more. Why? Because people were taking it home! Rather than buy a commercial washer, they cry to supporters, who donate home units and they use them until they break down. Supporters donate food, cleaning supplies, linens, leashes, and more. Where does all the money that is donated go? I'd really like to know. Oh, yes, and they've alienated many of the vets in the area because they don't pay their bills. You might see pictures of Theresa cuddling a dog in various press releases. In the year and more that I was there, I NEVER saw her do that. It seems to only happen when there is a camera involved. It's my opinion that all Theresa cares about is getting that number up (the number of dogs she's rescued) and she really doesn't care what happens to them afterwards. All the publicity has definitely gone to her head and I have no doubt there is a significant problem with abuse of monetary donations.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

No

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?

Somewhat badly

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Volunteer

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