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National Mill Dog Rescue

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Dogs

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 October 2021, National Mill Dog Rescue has saved more than 16,500 puppy mill survivors, giving each one every opportunity for life as a treasured family pet. We have educated thousands upon thousands of consumers, always advocating for shelter and rescue adoptions and teaching lessons in kindness and compassion.

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

Direct beneficiaries per year: More than 1,000 dogs, more than 700 adopters, thousands educated

Geographic areas served: We 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

180 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Adopted 3 and fostered 20...great experience both adopting and fostering these precious dogs who are in desperate need of a family, medical care, and a real and normal life in a loving home.

Adopted Shotzie in 2014, she is currently 14 yrs old and my HEART DOG!! she is a maltese who spent 7 years as a commercial breeder.

Adopted Conner in 2018 after fostering fostering him for 18 months. He was rescued after 14 months in a mill and a huge was a fear biter. Over the last 5 years, he has learned to trust although still leary of being held, he is an amazing 7 year old long hair chihuahua.

August was rescued in 2018 after 2 years in a mill. A shy, bashful little chihuahua, he is definitely my SOUL DOG!

These three are the best of buds and regularly found snuggling together. They seem to be at complete peace when they are together. The best trio ever!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was blown away by the professionalism of this place the the love that just emanated from the building. The people who work there are mostly volunteers and they love saving dogs from puppy mills. My adopted pet was a 2 year old Dachshund female who was slated for death because her uterus ruptured. Without NMDR, these dogs would be dead. They rescue so many mill dogs, it's mind boggling. The facilities are so clean, the dogs look so happy, the people there are full of joy and love. They truly care about each and every dog they rescue.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I’ve been following National Mill doc resucue for a long time every time I buy something from Amazon the smile national mill dog rescue is my charity and when I order from Amazon my proceeds go right to them this is a worthy cause I have 2 fur babies but soon I want to go to Colorado and adopt from national mill dog rescue.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We called NMDR to see if they by chance had a Westie, Scottie or Norfie in their latest retrievals. We had already sent in our application and done our review including pictures of our home and yard. And been approved. We were told they had one 3 year old male Westie if we were interested. Of course we were. We were given an appointment time to meet Lupin and bring our Westie and Chorkie for a meet and greet. We were pleased with the facility and the loving staff!
We met Lupin and the dogs all got along great. We took ours back home. A long day from where we were, but were given a time when his medical and neutering would be done.
On November 6, 2020, we returned for him and named him Boone. He has been a great addition to our family! His personality has emerged and he is smart. The dogs are friends, they play and have zoomies together. Photo one is the meet and greet atNMDR, number 2is Boone and Buckley napping together. Number 3 is the latest grooming one, Buckley and Jeter. We cannot brag enough about our experience with NMDR. We would surely do it again and that means a 13 hour round trip!

Client Served

Rating: 5

National Mill Dog Rescue is the most caring organization. The process before visiting with your potential fur family is thoughtful and mindful. As you go through the application, visit with your potential family member and adoption, you know that these pups are treated with the dignity and kindness they deserve. They set the dogs up for a forever home by getting a complete and thorough vet exam, neutering, grooming and a dental. These pups are so deserving of a loving home. National Mill Dog Rescue puts hearts together.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My whole life I’ve been going to shelters to see dogs. I always left sad and my heart was heavy for day. Not at the National Mill Dog Rescue. Each time I went to NMDR I left feeling like the world was a better place. At NMDR they rescue puppy mill survivors who are abused and neglected. At NMDR they are shown love and kindness for the first time. They know their rescues well and do an amazing job matching adopters with pups. Four of my current pups were saved by NMDR and several who have made their way to the rainbow bridge. This is a nonprofit that really changes the world for each one of the dogs they save.

KKMSZ

Client Served

Rating: 5

NMDR is a wonderful organization with caring and knowledgeable staff and volunteers. I adopted my Max from them 5 years ago and had a great experience. Thousands of dogs, just like Max, got a second chance at a happy life because of their tireless efforts !

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

NMDR is a wonderful organization and has rescued over 11,000 dogs and counting. Working with the other volunteers and the dogs, of course, has been one of the most rewarding things I have ever done.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I've followed NMDR for several years. In July of 2021 I had the opportunity to go to a "Meet and Greet" with a friend. It was an amazing and emotional experience! The resilience of the dogs and dedication of the volunteers left a huge impression on me. Over the next several months I returned to NMDR, the dog my friend adopted has heart worm and needs to go back for treatment. Last week, October 13, 2021, I went to a "Meet and Greet" for a new member of my home. I was surprised at how emotional the experience was for me, to have the opportunity to change the life of a dog in need is beyond what I expected! I can't say enough positive words and spread enough information to others, PLEASE consider adopting from NMDR! It is a rewarding experience! My new fur baby comes home this week! I'm ready to share my heart and home with Tater! He will be a loved pack member!

Georgie J.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a monthly donor for over 2 years. I love to see all of the happy endings for these beautiful dogs who were once used for breeding only. This rescue shows all of us what good can be done with a little bit of love and attention. I appreciate all that they do in bringing the puppy mill industry to the forefront and finding loving homes for these dogs that may have never experience love before. I will remain a donor and keep spreading the word about NMDR and the good that they continue to do. I always say "ADOPT, never shop for your next furry family member".

Stacy Ray E.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I rescued Eddie, who was described as one of their “most damaged dogs” due to no human interaction, malnutrition, or security and love. It has been 10 months, and now he is such a love bug. Every morning he wakes me up so happy, with a huge smile. We are still a work In progress, but I couldn’t have asked for a better addition to our family. Thank you NMDR for everything you do for the dogs that are often forgotten. I love that Eddie picked me to be his forever home♥️

Donor

Rating: 5

This is the best rescue group ever. Their dogs are such neglected messes owhen rescued. The team brings them in, baths, feeds and cleans them up and gives them all the love and attention they deserve, along with restoring their souls and dignity. Then finds them a forever home with loving families. I donate monthly and hope to be one of those families one day soon.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our Beasley (NMDR Pierre) three years ago and he hasn’t looked back since. The staff at NMDR are knowledgeable and caring individuals who do the utmost due diligence to make sure the pups up for adoption are a great fit for the families adopting. The pups are given every medical treatment possible to assure to the best of their ability adopting families receive a healthy pet. Mill pups need lots of patience, guidance and love and it all starts here at NMDR. I plan on adopting again from NMDR.

Tom M.13

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is an amazing place with wonderful people and special dogs. We were lucky enough to get a pup from them. We can not be happier with our new family member. Perfect addition, thank you!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I first began hearing of NMDR and what a wonderful organization it is on social media. So when I found myself grieving a recent loss of our longtime beloved elderly Lhasa Apso I found myself looking at their adoptable dogs page. I was overwhelmed with emotion when I saw rare puppies available and immediately applied. They asked me many questions, had me send photos of my yard and I anxiously awaited further communication. After consideration and a phone interview they offered me a meet and greet. Saying yes was a no-brainer. I drove the 100 miles from my home and the rest is history as they say.

I’m a person who has volunteered regularly for a number of animal rescues over the years. For this reason, I always adopt myself too. I want to say just how appreciative I am of their rigorous and selective adoption process. Also, the facility itself is very clean, spacious and constantly being improved. It’s very apparent that they have very dedicated staff and volunteers who genuinely care about the dogs. These are dogs who would otherwise be discarded by unscrupulous breeders in ways that are unspeakable. They are literally saving lives. I would become a volunteer here myself if only I lived closer. Thanks to NMDR, our little Augie is now living a great life! (He loves hiking!)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been following National Mill Dog Rescue on Facebook for many years. I lost one of my rescue shih tzus to cancer and started thinking about getting another fur baby when I popped on Facebook and saw them doing a Live... Unloaded some shih tzus off the transport and I fell in love with the one little girl immediately! Submitted an application right away and they responded that evening. With some emails and phone calls (and all the stars aligning), I flew out from Chicago to Colorado and adopted Mazie. Everyone through the whole process was wonderful! It was so exciting to be there, and a bit surreal,
since I had been watching videos of them forever but never thought I'd actually be adopting my own baby from them since it was so far. The ladies that helped me with the adoption were so sweet and awesome, they were genuinely excited for me to be adopting this sweet little one, and I also got a tour of the facility. They even scheduled a follow-up phone call to check in and get an update. I love that they travel all over to rescue these sweet babies from the horrible puppy mill conditions. If I lived close I would definitely volunteer. If you have considered adopting a puppy mill dog, I would definitely recommend choosing National Mill Dog Rescue!!

Sherrie L.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We adopted Lyric a Pembroke Corgi who was hours from death when NMDR found her at a puppy mill. She was laying under a board in the dirt and they thought she was dead until she blinked. She was living in an outdoor pen in Iowa with just the board for shelter. She had been totally neglected and living on moldy bread and green disgusting water. When they realized she was still alive they immediately scooped her up and rushed her to the local vet where she got a blood transfusion and was slowly introduced to food and made stable enough to withstand transporting her to Colorado. Although she was just clinging to life it was clear that she had a very strong will to live. She survived the trip home and then she spent another 2 weeks getting better at a nearby hospital being treated for malnutrition, parasites (inside and out) and anemia. Then she spent some time at a foster. I saw her on a NMDR FB page right after they found her, a picture of her laying lifeless in the dirt. I instantly fell in love and told my husband that I was going to do everything I could to adopt her. She was 10 when she was rescued. We immediately applied to either foster or adopt her and we were lucky enough to be selected to be her mom and dad. After she was feeling better, we took her home with us where she spent the next 4 years living her best life. We lost her at 14-1/2 to cancer. She was the poster-dog for resilience and forgiveness. From the time she walked into our house until the time she left us she was a happy, joyous, loving, and goofy girl. We are so grateful to NMDR for what they do for puppy mill dogs. They didn't see her and think she was beyond saving, that treating her would be too costly. They did everything they could to get her better and get her into a home because she didn’t deserve to be thrown away again. We’ve adopted two dogs from them since then and am very glad that they do what they do. Theresa Strader and everyone who involved with NMDR are heroes.

1 Laurel C.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Polly was in a puppy mill as a breeder for 8 years. It took about a year to get her comfortable but now we're inseparable!

Jill H.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love the NMDR!! I volunteer there, and I have adopted the cutest Yorkie from this awesome organization. The facilities are extremely well-run, better than any shelter I've volunteered at before. The dogs are socialized and you know everything that can potentially be long care for your pup. Before they let pups be adopted out, they go through extensive vet care. These are the sweetest pups. They deserve the best rest of their lives that we can give them! Consider donating, volunteering or adopting!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've adopted several dogs from nmdr. Their people are wonderful. They are great matching families to dogs as well as understanding each dogs needs. I love and will always support their organization.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

After losing my heart dog NIki, I somehow ended up on NMDR's page for adoptable dogs. And that's where I found little Diamond, who had been rescued by NMDR some months earlier. I think Niki somehow put Diamond in front of me - they could almost have been twins - and I immediately called to find out about adoption. After filling out an application and submitting enough information to assure NMDR that I would give Diamond a good home, I was put in touch with Diamond's foster mom. She too wanted to make sure that I would give Diamond a good home and she was clear about what Diamond needed given that she was a puppy mill survivor. I flew to Colorado to meet Diamond and the rest is history. Diamond came home with me and became Sophie Alexandra, Warrior Princess, because she had fought so many battles as a puppy mill mom and survived. Two years later I went to Colorado again and visited NMDR's facility in Peyton - so many rescued dogs in need of homes, and so many volunteers giving them so much love. When I spoke with the volunteers as well as with Theresa Strader, it became clear that saving these dogs and finding good homes for them was a passion and a labor of love. They know and remember each dog they rescue, and when I've talked with Theresa subsequently, I'm still amazed that she remembers this tiny Maltese whose life she saved. When they rescued that tiny Maltese, they set up a chain of love that rescued my heart as well. I've volunteered with and support other rescues, but I've never found any organization so completely committed to and as passionate about their mission as NMDR. I am forever grateful to them for the work they do, but especially for saving my precious little Sophie.

Maggie35

Client Served

Rating: 5

National Mill Dog Rescue goes above and beyond with the dogs they rescue. The volunteers are tireless! It is the cleanest facility for animals that I've ever seen, the grooming and vet care is outstanding. I have gotten 5 dogs from NMDR over the years and have nothing but good things to say about NMDR.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I learned about National Mill Dog Rescue through friends on Facebook. I was looking to adopt a dog, preferably a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, but having no luck in shelters around the state. I decided that until I could get a dog that I truly connected with, I would foster dogs for this orginization. I was fostering a dog when I got a call that they had a Cavalier that was available, and several families didn't want because he was 6 years old. I went to the kennel and met him, and he chose me. I am currently fostering my 3rd mill dog rescue and will be adopting a 2nd Cavalier shortly. This orginization is amazing in the care it takes with each animal. The volunteers are so committed to giving these abused animals a good life and giving medical, dental, grooming, rehab, and socialization to each and every animal that comes through the facility, making sure they never live in filth or hunger ever again. National Mill Dog Resuce does a phenomenal job!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Top notch organization. Every base is covered. From initial rescue, individual diets, extensive vet care, and rehabilitation. Extensive matching the perfect dog with the right home. Highly recommend. Photos of before and after.

1 Belinda F.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I learned about NMDR three years ago when I moved down to Colorado Springs and a friend suggested I might want to volunteer there. While watching a video of the intake of several labradoodle’s, I spotted one I was particularly interested in. I adopted her and brought her home right before Christmas in 2018. She is my soul dog for certain. I love and adore her. I then began volunteering in April of this year (2021). The staff and other volunteers are phenomenal people. So much love for all the dogs that are rescued. I think NMDR is an amazing rescue and I hope if anyone is considering a dog to add to their family they check their website out for available dogs. You will never regret it.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our precious little Yorkie was rescued at five years by National Mill Dog Rescue. Her paws were worn from the steel cage and she was afraid of people, grass and loud noises and just everything. Seven years later, she rules our home, smiles and has a beautiful warm personality. This is just one rescue out of the thousands that NMDR has saved from cages or a slow death to fill out homes with unbelievable love.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

NMDR has exceeded my expectations! The staff is phenomenal, the facility is so clean, and the dogs are shown so much love and care every single day. Their mission is at the forefront of every interaction with the dogs, donors, volunteers, adopters, and mill dog owners. So thankful for the NMDR for being the voice for those who dont have one!

William V.1

Client Served

Rating: 1

After emails and phone conversations I was cleared to adopt a Pom. They knew I did not have a fence and am not allowed to put one up in the mobile home park where I live. However, they still made me an appointment and had me come out. They knew in advance that the only dog I wanted was a Pomeranian since in the last 58 years that is all I have had. My last one died from congestive heart failure. They had me come out, I spent time with Tipper and got her to trust me- then they had me take her out to an fenced in area so they could see how she acted. She sniffed around a little then came to me - laid down rolled over so I could rub her tummy. Then I was told because I did not have a fence I could not have her. To me this was a very mean thing to do not only to me but to Tipper. I would not recommend them to anyone. They care about safety but not feelings - dogs have feelings also I was not served.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I adopted a puppy mill mom (not from NMDR) but from another rescue years ago. When I lost her to cancer, I was devastated. I had lost other dogs through the years but this was the first puppy mill dog I had ever adopted. I went on numerous Pet Loss sites but none helped me with the loss of my precious Mugsy. I happened upon their facebook page and found such compassion and love and total understanding of my deep loss. These folks understood, when no one else really did, especially with the loss of one of these precious babies. I now give a monthly donation to NMDR. I live in Connecticut so don’t live anywhere close to Colorado but NMDR means the world to me. They do God’s work and help these precious dogs and truly understand. My goal is to visit NMDR, once the pandemic is over and volunteer my time there. They are indeed an outstanding organization. I remember speaking to a staff member about my loss and they were so understanding and helpful to me.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I worked with NMDR as a rescue partner and found the people who make up this organization to be passionate and driven to provide the best care possible for the dogs in their care. It was evident the leadership is honest and value integrity in everything they do.

Sherry L.4

Donor

Rating: 5

Puppy mill dogs need our help. Won't you consider making a donation today? I just did.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been with NMDR since 2007. I am retired Army, a retired social workers and have been with a lot of places where I volunteered...this is the best. Their whole mission is to help these dogs get out of puppy mills and find a safe and loving home. Great places to volunteer if you love helping dogs.

Tammy Daniels E.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization goes above and beyond to care for the mill rescues. They also treat their volunteers with respect and are always grateful for all the assistance they receive. The dogs are treated with love and knowledge. Amazing place!

Jamyeh

Volunteer

Rating: 5

NMDR does amazing things for retired commercial breeding dogs who are now in need of a home. They rescue, rehabilitate - both physically and mentally, give whatever medical attention they require and place them in loving homes. We have been volunteering for many years now and have loved every minute of it!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My family volunteers here and we have rescued 4 furry family members and counting. They do amazing things for commercial breeding survivors, education, rehabilitation - and my soul.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I knew nothing about NMDR before I adopted a dog from them in 2017. I became so hooked on their mission that I began working as a volunteer there in 2018. It has been my best volunteer job ever! This is an organization that truly cares about the dogs they rescue, some of whom arrive in really poor health and need a great deal of medical intervention before they can be adopted. Over 15,000 dogs have been rescued since NMDR began its mission about 12 years ago.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I rescued Gracie (NMDR-Joanie) on March 13th. My dear Schnottie, Molly, had been struggling for some time from congestive heart failure and I wanted to find a companion that would be a support to Molly and me. We had looked at several rescue shelters but it wasn’t until we found NMDR that we discovered what a good rescue shelter is. They were serious about finding a good adopter for their dogs, interviewing me at length, looking into my living situation and letting me take a long time with their dogs....looking for just the right one for me and Molly. They also wanted it to be a good fit for all of us. When we found Gracie, they took time for her physical checkup, spaying her, microchipping her, cleaning and necessary extraction of certain teeth. And the adoption fee was minimal compared to other shelters that didn’t provide even half of this. I found the volunteers and staff to really be concerned for the animals. Thank you NMDR! I would rescue another from you in a heartbeat!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We adopted our Charley from NMDR and he makes my day, every day.
When I come home from work and he is so happy to see me and gives me kisses... any stress or lingering aggravation from work disappears. He makes us SO happy. NMDR has done magical things for people's lives, not to mention the animals they have saved. Photos of Charley when he was available for adoption and one from recently.

Andrea Shumake T.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We’ve adopted 2 dogs from NMDR and feel so lucky! What a great organization to work with! They were very thorough in making sure that we were a good home for our pups, and helped us find a pup that was a good match for our family as well as for our other dog. We are so grateful that they rescued our pups, and we have been so blessed!

Michelle G.9

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I completed a week long volunteer vacation in March 2018. That week was one of the best experiences of my life. It was the greatest feeling to meet other volunteers that help these discarded dogs become beloved family members. There is a passion that exists in the organization that is contagious. 2 weeks later my husband and I returned (from Wisconsin) to adopt 2 new family members Opal (NMDR Opal) and Nash (NMDR Soleman). I simply have nothing but praise for this organization and what they stand for.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our Yorkie from NMDR several years ago and since that time have been avid supporters of this wonderful organization! Our adoption process was seamless and the care that the dogs are given from the day they enter the rescue van until the day they are adopted is phenomenal! Theresa and her team are committed to giving mill dogs a second chance at life. Charley came to them with severe health issues as a result of his living conditions and ongoing neglect. NMDR provided the treatment he needed including having the impactions in his ears cleared via laser therapy. The photo of him in the bed was taken shortly after arriving at NMDR and the other is a more recent photo.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted a 5 year old dog from them in 2018. They were kind and caring during the interview process. We drove 16 hours to pick up our new addition. The facility was clean and well cared for. The volunteers and staff really care about the dogs and want what’s best for them. Highly recommend them!!!! They give so many second chances to these poor dogs thy were stuck in hording situations and puppy mills.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with NMDR for almost 3 years. I have fostered many dogs during that time. After volunteering for several other rescues, I am very impressed with the work that NMDR does to rescue and rehabilitate dog who have been traumatized by living in puppy mills. Everyone, from Theresa Strader, the folks who groom, supervise the kennels, work on the rehab team, etc. are passionate about the work they do provide the very best care they can for the dogs they rescue. The kennels are clean, the dogs are exercised daily, volunteers work to socialize the dogs, and all medical needs are met. Adopters are well matched to potential dogs and fosters are well supported by NMDR. I highly recommend this nonprofit.

Donor

Rating: 5

TWO YEARS AGO MY HUSBAND AND I HAD TWO DOG. BUT OUR MISS PRISS WAS VERY ILL. SO
I GOT HER STROLLER AND TOOK HER TO NMDR. WE PICKED OUT MS HOOTIE. HOOT WAS 12
YRS OLD WHEN WE TOOK HER HOME, AND WE KNOW WE WOULD NOT HAVE HER TO LONG, BUT WHAT EVER TIME SHE HAD, IT WAS GOING TO BE THE BEST TIME OF HER LIFE. SHE LOVED
TO TRAVEL, WE TOOK HER TO SEE GRANDMA, WHO IS NOT A DOG PERSON AND SHE FELL IN LOVER WITH HOOTANNIE. THAT'S WHAT SHE LIKED TO CALL HER. WE TOOK HER TO NEW MEXICO WITH US AND SHE THOUGHT SHE OWNED THE PLACE. WE ADOPTED EMMI LOU A MONTH AFTER HOOTIE, BECAUSE OUR BELOVED MS. PRISS PASSED. WE HAD A BIGGER DOG ALSO, AN AUSTRALIAN SHEPHERD. HOOT STILL RULED THE ROOST. SNICK WAS OUR YOUNGER SONS DOG AND HE WAS STATIONED IN SOUTH KOREA WHEN WE HAD TO PUT SNICK DOWN. REALLY BAD CANCER. EMMMI LOU WENT IN TO DEPRESSION AFTER SNICK LEFT US, THAT WAS HER BUD. WE KNEW HOOT WAS GETTING SICK, SEVERAL EMERGENCY ROOM CALLS, KNEW EMMI COULD NOT HANDLE LOOSING ANOTHER FRIEND . SO WE GOT NINA BEFORE HOOT PASSED. HOOT WAS NOT HAPPY WITH THAT DECISION FOR ABOUT 2 WEEKS. HOOT PASSED IN DEC. AND WE FEEL LIKE WE LOST THE BEST FUR BABY EVER. WE STILL CAN NOT TALK ABOUT HER WITH OUT CRYING AND MISSING HER SO MUCH. EMMI IS COMING OUT OF HER SHELL, FINALLY AFTER ALMOST 3 YEAR. EMMI IS COMING OUT OF HER SHELL. SHE WAS ONE THAT CAME FROM A REALLY BAD PLACE. IT IS HAS BEEN A JOURNEY WITH HER. I THINK HER PROGRESS LATELY IS TO TO NINA. NINA IS YOUNGER AND THEY PLAY AND RUN IN AND OUT LIKE TWO LITTLE KIDS. WE DONATE EVERY MONTH TO NMDR. IT IS THE BEST PLACE EVER. NINA, EMMI LOU , MIKE AND I ARE GOING BACK DOWN SHORTLY AND FIND US ANOTHER ADDITION TO OUR FAMILY. SHE WILL BE AN OLDER DOG, AND SHE WILL HAVE THE BEST LIFE EVER. I THINK THERESA AND ALL OF HER STAFF ARE AMAZING. AND SO GOOD WITH THOSE LITTLE FUR BABIES. I WOULD TAKE 5 MORE IF I COULD, BUT I CAN'T AND I KNOW THEY ARE GOING TO HELP US FIND THE BEST FIT FOR EMM AND NINA. I CAN NOT SAY ENOUGH GOOD ABOUT NMDR. IT IS A HAPPY PLACE, NOT DEPRESSING LIKE THE DOG POUNDS, EVERYONE NEEDS TO GO THERE AND GET ONE OF THOSE LOVABLE LITTLE BABIES. SOME NEED MORE HELP THAT OTHERS, BUT THAT IS OK.
THANK YOU SUE AND THERESA FOR ALL THAT YOU DO. AND ALL OF THE OTHER VOLUNTEERS, YOU DO A GREAT JOB... YOU DO A VERY HARD JOB. BUT THANK YOU FOR ALL THAT YOU DO. SEE YOU SOON.
THE WEBSTERS
MIKE, RUTH, EMMILOU AND NINA TOO.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our little Maltese, Sadie, in May of 2018 and we are so happy we did! NMDR went out of their way to accommodate us, and the adoption and trip back went smoothly. I could see right from the start that when Sadie was in her carrier for the trip, she seemed "resigned" that she was confined, and was completely quiet the entire way. That is an example of the emotional damage these dogs show--complete resignation to their fate. The reality is that this little dog was THRILLED to be set free from her carrier and couldn't stop exploring her new surroundings and could not get enough of the numerous soft beds around the house. She was completely opposite of the little dog who seemed to have given up on life, since she spent over nine years in a cage making puppies for inhumane large scale breeders, who should be charged with animal abuse if this country had any real laws that protect dogs. NMDR has rescued over 13,000 dogs now, which is both wonderful and sad--sad because there should be no tired, sick, damaged, spent and unwanted dogs in dog mills across the country. These dogs should not be overseen by the USDA, because they are NOT livestock. They should not be living in wire cages, drinking from rabbit waterers, which end up rotting their teeth because they don't ever get enough water to wash their food down (the cheapest food imaginable, of course). And the list goes on--no health care, no protection from the elements, no love, no nothing. Dog mills should be illegal, period, but until they are, NMDR will do what it can do accept every unwanted dog the dog millers want to dispose of.

Maggie D.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I started following NMDR rescue in 2013 online. We decided to make our 2014 vacation a volunteer experience. And wow. What an experience it was! Since that first trip from Texas to Colorado we would go at least 3-4 times a year. We adopted two Maltese and a tiny little poodle. All older dogs. On our last trip we left Colorado without adopting a dog. My husband was very ill with cancer. On the drive home he kept saying something was wrong. I panicked! He started laughing and said, "we don't have a new passenger on this trip!". After he passed in 2016, my friends at the rescue rescued me. I spent week after at the kennel. It's truly a healing place. Oh, and I left with an extra "passenger "....

Donor

Rating: 5

We drive from Florida to adopt 2 dogs. The staff was so helpful with ideas bcuz a lot goes into adopting a puppy mill survivor but once you adopt one you come to understand the true meaning of unconditional love. We have formed lifetime friendships with some of the employees bcuz they are like family now.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

National Mill Dog Rescue has been a favorite of mine ever since they started on Facebook. Their hard work and dedication is second to none. Theresa and her crew are wonderful and I would like to thank them all, including those who work behind the scenes, i.e. poop scoopers, cage cleaners, laundry duty, dog walkers, etc.! Their smiling faces as they unload these poor, defenseless doggies are such a blessing. They have grown in leaps and bounds and no wonder!! They deserve all the praise and help we can give them. God bless each and every one of them.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have followed NMDR via Facebook for quite some time now. The staff and volunteers are exemplary. Their dedication and commitment to these animals is incredibly inspirational. It can be a rough and tragic world out there for animals and the people at NMDR are helping everyday to bring some peace and comfort to those they save, not to mention all those who foster and adopt. My interactions with the staff there, when I have had questions with a donation or other issue, was handled quickly and professionally. So, all around, NMDR does fantastic and life changing work and should be recognized and appreciated much more than they are!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our Frannie from National Mill Dog Rescue in 2013, and it has been one of the most rewarding experiences of our lives. This organization first made sure that we were qualified to adopt with a home visit that included an interview and inspection. Our Frannie needed additional medical attention (other than a spay and dental) prior to being placed in our home. NMDR made sure that all of these needs were resolved before we brought her home. This beautiful soul has captured our hearts, and we cannot thank NMDR enough for what they do to provide these dogs with a new life outside of the mills. We will be forever truly grateful!

Benadetta T.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been following NMDR for quite a while now, online that is, all the way from Singapore. I am inspired by what they do, their complete dedication to the dogs regardless of their status. Their unconditional love for every single animals, just as dogs love us unconditionally. I have so much faith in what they do that I try to donate every month, no matter what the amount will help. NMDR has this beautiful way of turning a sad, unhappy situation to one full of hope, promise and a better life for all the dogs that they rescue. They truly deserve our support. Thank God for people like them in NMDR who cares so much for the dogs that otherwise may not have a second chance.

Judy Cress Ver H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization holds a special place in my heart. It is a great pleasure to see how the dogs rescued change from scared, abused, hopeless beings to happy, loving animals. I absolutely love volunteering at National Mill Dog Rescue! All of the people there from Therese Strader (who is an outstanding individual) to the workers to the volunteers are all wonderful people and totally dedicated to helping give these newly freed dogs the best life possible. Every dog is treated as special and is loved.

Pamela Hedrick T.

Donor

Rating: 5

No dog left behind! NMDR and its staff and volunteers work wonders rehabilitating a re-homing these mistreated mill dogs. They are a true blessing.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so impressed with National Mill Dog Rescue!! The people working there are the most impressive people I have ever seen. The building is so clean and everyone is so helpful. I couldn't believe the application. They really want the right person for their dogs. If I lived closer, I would be a volunteer. We adopted our Daisy and plan to adopt another dog in the future.

Casey G.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

These people do amazing work! From the people on the rescue van, to the volunteers and staff at the kennel, to the rehab staff who helped with my very fearful dog, to the foster homes and adoption staff, I had a very positive experience with both adoptions. My dogs have added much to my life and I’m so grateful for all the work OG National Mill Dog Rescue

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization is dedicated to saving the lives of dogs who have spent their lives in cages as breeders. Theresa Strader and the staff and volunteers are amazing and wonderful people who are all committed to their mission to give these poor animals a second chance at life, instead of going from a life of misery to being discarded. I adopted one of my dogs from them and feel blessed every day that she wasn't killed after she could no longer breed. I am so grateful to all of the people at NMDR for what they do to save dogs, bring them to health, and then find forever homes for them.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I cannot say how freaking happy I am with National Mill Dog Rescue! I found my little Italian GreyhoundRuby (NMDR Cherise) online and adopted her out of state. The process was very easy and the communication was so great the entire adoption process. Her gotcha day was November 29, 2019. The bond was instant with my sweet baby..God Bless these amazing angels who run this rescue!! They are the most wonderful, nicest caring people, who truly care so much for these defenseless dogs.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Tirelessly responds to the needs of unwanted and rejected dogs that have been bred, bred, and bred again without allowing them even basic comforts, access to the outdoors, or a minimum of companionship. These animals still trust and give love back after years of abuse. This is an amazing non-profit organization that serves multiple states and transports dogs to places where they are wanted and cared for at last. My rescue rescued me.

Jessica Black M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can never thank National mill Dog Rescue for what they do. Not only do they fight against puppy mills, but they give a chance for discarded breeders to have a life outside the cage and go to loving homes. They assist the unwanted, abandoned, and the sick. They have even helped a few cats along the way! Until there are no more puppy mills, NMDR is giving the survivors a chance to know love. Theresa Strader and all the volunteers have rescued over 13,000 puppy mill survivors. The survivors are fully vetted, micro-chipped, and rehabilitated prior to being placed. All potential adopters are screened and home checks are completed. This rescue truly is "all about the dogs."

Donor

Rating: 5

National Mill Dog Rescue is the most caring organization I have seen. Not only do they help puppy mill rescues but they help the unwanted, the abandoned and the sick puppies and cats survive after a life time of confinement. They educate all 'adopt don't shop' . They are the best!

Nancy Arnold Iverson H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer at the rescue shelter. It is so fulfilling to my soul. It is the best run non-profit I have ever seen. I am a retired CPA and use to audit non-profits. This is world class organization!

1 Jordan V.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

NMDR has done so much in the fight against puppy mills. They are angels for all they do.

Donor

Rating: 5

National mill dog rescue touches my heart daily. I m so appreciate how they r3scue and rehabilite these precious animals who are forced to live in the horrible existance. They are truly angels.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I wish we had no need for such a place as MNDR but since we do I have never seen such a well run and organized place as this. I have been following the stories and updates for several years now. It is amazing how these dogs can still love after all they have been through and their transformations have been a pleasure to watch. I love being able to follow the rescues and see their first taste of freedom as they arrive at the rescue. So glad Lily touched Theresa's heart that day and began the campaign to put an end to the Puppy Mill industry and to save as many as they can until then

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have fostered for National Mill Dog Rescue and also adopted from this rescue. Theresa Strader and all the volunteers have rescued over 13,000 puppy mill survivors and go above and beyond what other rescues do. The survivors are fully vetted, microchipped, and rehabilitated prior to being placed in their forever home. In addition, all potential adopters are screened and home checks are completed. This rescue truly is "all about the dogs." This is, by far, the best rescue in the nation!

2 Phyllis B.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for NMDR from the start and it is a loving wonderful organization. We have rescued many, many dogs from awful situations. The Director of this organization is a hard working person that gives her all every day to the salvation of these beautiful animals. We went from a back yard area to an amazing kennel and clinic with the help of wonderful people loving these amazing animals...……….Rescued is our favorite breed!!!!!!!
I am a volunteer, a donor, and a professional who also adopted many dogs from this wonderful organization.

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization that rescues dogs from the harsh conditions of puppy mills and finds them forever homes. It takes special socialization since these pups have spent their entire lives in a cage, and many have health problems (like losing an eye due to pressure washing cages with the dogs inside) - typically their tongues permanently hang out of their mouths from having to drink from hamster waterers. They give these dogs love, medical care and socialization for their new lives if freedom.