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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 May 2019, National Mill Dog Rescue has saved more than 14,000 puppy mill survivors and 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

140 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!

Jamyeh

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

My family and I have been volunteering for NMDR now for over 5 years. We have adopted, fostered and almost everything in between. This group does amazing things for discarded breeding dogs who are suffering in commercial breeding facilities. They have taught our boys things that we would never be able to. Thank you NMDR for all that you do!

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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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

After reading a story about a little chihuahua named Harley Taylor, a puppy mill survivor, I was inspired to support the people who do so much for these dogs. Harley was left for dead in a bucket, pulled out by a mill worker , rescued and lived an amazing 5 years with the Taylor family of Berthoud Co. Theresa Strader, owner of NMDR, is an amazing and dedicated woman. She has rescued, rehabilitated and adopted out over 11,ooo puppy mill survivors. She puts her heart and soul into saving these dogs who live their entire life in a cage with no medical care, inadequate shelter, food and water. These dogs need a lot of love and patience and she will never turn away from one . They rely solely on donations to save these dogs and they are truly grateful for any donation , large or small.

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2 Lynne36

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at National Mill Dog Rescue since 2014. I love my time there, working with the dogs and other volunteers. It is amazing to see how resilient the dogs are. Many come in horrific condition. They are frightened , but under the care of the people at NMDR they blossom and become loving pets. I only get to volunteer once a week because it is a 150 mile round trip for me, but I wish I could far more often. I truly love my time with the dogs. It makes my week to spend the day there and if I have to miss a week I feel deprived. I have seen nothing but love and care from everyone at this organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer at National Mill Dog Rescue. I drive 150 miles round trip to volunteer once a week. I would go more if I lived closer. I have seen the dogs when they arrive some are in terrible condition, and through the hard work of the staff and volunteers these dogs know love and care, many for the first time. It is wonderful to see them learn to trust and love and to watch the progress they make each week. Many are scared and shut down when they arrive, but they learn to be dogs as they were meant to be. The people at Mill Dog Rescue find homes for these dogs, many are old and have health problems, but they are loved and cared for. I love the time I spend volunteering,and when I don't get to go some weeks I feel deprived. I love spending my time with the dogs and seeing their personalities blossom.I am amazed at the resilience of these dogs after the hardship many of them have suffered for years. Theresa, the staff, and her volunteers are beyond compare.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We were looking for a new furiend to add to our family and found National Mill Dog Rescue. We found that new furiend plus another and also decided that it would be a great way to volunteer our time. Everyone at National Mill Dog Rescue from Theresa to the kennel staff are amazing with the dogs!

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have volunteered with National Mill Dog Rescue for the past five and a half years and can speak to what a wonderful organization this is. The motto of “It’s about the dogs” is lived out daily as scores of volunteers show up every single day throughout the year to clean the kennels and feed and water the dogs each morning. The rehab team works with the fearful dogs so that they have a chance at adoption. The rescue team travels throughout the Midwest rescuing dogs from puppy mills, and everyone in the organization and its rescue partners works to find them good homes. The people here give their all for the dogs without concern for personal recognition. Jackson, in the pictures, is just one representative of the dogs who come to NMDR in awful physical and psychological condition and transform into beautiful dogs.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering here in December 2015. The first thing that struck me when I walked in was I didn't smell anything. This place is so clean. The dogs are kept so clean and the kennels are unbelievably clean. The people, most are volunteers are AMAZING. It is like one gigantic Dog loving family. I wanted to take so many dogs home. I loved them all. By March 2016, I finally did it. I took Crystal home for a "visit" with no intention of bringing her back. She is such a love. She is now 8 yr old and very well adjusted in my home. She gets along great with my other dog and loves all the humans. She is now known as Lucy and has come so far since her intake. Check out her picture. Thank you NMDR for all you do.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

In December 2014 we lost out Black Lab Sammy. We knew we wanted another dog soon. We were looking for a shih tzu, and Windy's face came up as available for adoption. We knew that there was a puppy mill rescue just down the street from whefe we lived. We spoke with Julia and got approved to go see Windy at the kennel. When we walked into National Mill Dog Rescue, we could not believe how CLEAN it was. Windy was jumping around in her kennel like she knew we were there for her. She came home with us and I signed up for the next Volunteer Orientation in 2 weeks.

I love volunteering there. They are like family. In December, 2015, we brought homme a golden retriever named Jersey. I love how well these dogs are taken care of. No matter what, they are handled with so much love. Theresa Strader is an amazing founder and remembers all the dogs like they are her own. She amazes me everytime I see her. NMDR doesn't just rescue dogs, I truly believe that NMDR rescued me!! Thank you.

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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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Donor

Rating: 5

After my sweet mother passed away, I found myself with extra time on my hands. While looking through Facebook I found NMDR. Moved by Lily's story my husband and I drove from Texas to spend a "working vacation " with these wonderful people and pups. 4 dogs later I consider all these people my friends. They work tirelessly for the discarded and neglected puppy mill mom's and dads. They not only rescue dogs, when my husband passed they rescued me too. I try to go there as often as possible. It's my and the dogs happy place. Bless

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Client Served

Rating: 5

4 of my sweet babies were rescued by the amazing team at National Mill Dog Rescue. I am grateful for them everyday. They have renewed my faith in humanity, in today's crazy world. Thank you everyone for all you have done and all you continue to do.
Much love ❤️

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Donor

Rating: 5

I just seen your shelter on Dr Jeff! Y'all compelled me to donate to you every month.. thanks so much for all the work that you do!

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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!

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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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've volunteered with many non-profits over the years. I continue to be amazed by the dedication of the volunteers and how quickly Theresa Strader and everyone involved have built up this fantastic organization. So many tireless passionate people have provided new beginnings for dogs who otherwise would have perished never knowing how wonderful life can be as part of a loving, devoted family. The transformation of these dogs after they are rescued is nothing short of miraculous. Countless times I've seen shy, scared, mistreated, ungroomed creatures wracked with all kinds of medical issues blossom into beautiful, proud, happy tail wagging dogs, just as they were meant to be. This is a 5 star non-profit to be sure.

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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

3 Janet148

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My daughter and I began volunteering with NMDR a year ago after we watched the heart-wrenching video "I Breathe-Lily's Legacy" on NMDR's website. Theresa Strader, the founder, is such a kind, compassionate, loving and humble woman who works tirelessly to educate the public about the horrors of the puppy mill industry. "Determined that her (Lily) years of living in misery would not be in vain, Strader started NMDR, giving a voice to mill dogs across the country." We feel honored and blessed to be a part of this wonderful organization and mission and to work alongside an incredible group of compassionate, dedicated, kind and loving people who freely and generously give of their time, talents and resources to help these precious pups and to educate the public about the cruel realities of the commercial dog breeding industry.

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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.

1 Amy_304

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a wonderful organization, rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming unwanted commercial breeding facility dogs. Such a wonderful group of people to volunteer with. It is more of a non-related family that supports each other and the mission.

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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)!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have adopted 2 puppy mill momma's from National Mill Dog Rescue. Not only are their kennels top notch, run by volunteers, but the process was so thorough and complete. We now volunteer for this great organization!

2 Clare11

Volunteer

Rating: 5

National Mill Dog Rescue is a wonderful organization that is leading the fight to end puppy mills.
As well as having rescued more than 11,000 dogs from life in a cage, NMDR has educated hundreds of thousands if not millions of people and turned them into advocates for puppy mill dogs. NMDR's message of awareness has an ongoing ripple effect across the US and the world, leading to more and more people choosing to "Adopt not Shop".
My admiration for this organization and love of dogs led me to become a volunteer for NMDR myself. The kennel itself is an uplifting, positive place and a shining example of what a shelter/rescue should be like.
NMDR is devoted to giving every dog they rescue whatever they need to recover from their past, to become happy and healthy and to find their forever home. Every dog that comes to NMDR receives the love, care, individual attention and rehabilitation they need to recover from their past and find a loving forever home.
I have recently adopted a dog from NMDR and it makes me proud to support, work with and be associated with this amazing rescue.
I wish there were no need for shelters and rescues, but as long as there is a need, I wish they were all like National Mill Dog Rescue.
(Attached photo is my dog London, who spent approximately 9 years in a cage in a puppy mill before being rescued in June 2016).

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This incredible organization has rescued over 10,500 dogs since their inception in 2007! Their mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome discarded breeding dogs from puppy mills. From their immaculate kennel and facilities, to their amazing volunteers (which I am proud to be one), this organization is one of the best nonprofits out there!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This amazing organization has rescued over 10,000 dogs since their inception in 2007! Their mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome discarded breeding dogs from puppy mills. From their immaculate kennel and facilities, to their amazing volunteers (which I am honored to be one), this organization is one of the best nonprofits out there! It is run almost completely by volunteers, which means every dollar you donate goes directly to rescuing and caring for the dogs! NMDR is truly making a difference!

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2 KKMSZ

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at NMDR for only a short time, but enjoy every minute of it. Wonderful dogs, wonderful people and a great mission ! When the time is right I would love to adopt a special needs dog from NMDR. As parents we have a social responsibility and I want to teach my son that the easiest way is not always the best and most rewarding way. Adopting a special needs dog that needs a bit more dedication than others is worth it. It will be such a wonderful experience for him when he finds out that a lot of time, patience, and effort will pay off and he will receive more love than he can handle from these dogs !

5 Michele41

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

10,400 Dogs & Counting

I became aware of puppy mills by volunteering at National Mill Dog Rescue in 2011. Seeing dogs who had lived their entire lives in small wire cages with minimal human contact enjoy their first moments of freedom, the first touch of grass, the first soft bed, and the first loving touch of a hand, made me determined & committed to help save more.

As a result of witnessing & experiencing these life-changing moments for these puppy mill survivors, I continue to give to save more. Every month, I witness the organization's success in saving lives that would otherwise be destroyed. Commercial breeding dogs, having lived 7-10 years in a cage, are typically destroyed when they are no longer producing a profit.... unless a rescue saves them. These senior dogs who have lived their entire lives producing pet store puppies for the public, if rescued, are returned to health, socialized, and placed in loving forever homes so they can begin to learn about life outside of the cage. Tillie (photo) is one of the puppy mill survivors I adopted.

This is why I give. 10,400 dogs and counting....

Review from #MyGivingStory

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Board Member

Rating: 5

National Mill Dog Rescue is a wonderful organization that rescues, rehabilitates, and rehomes discarded commercial breeding dogs and helps educate the public about the cruel realities of the commercial dog breeding industry. It's led by the amazing, Theresa Strader and has hundreds of passionate volunteers who give of their time, hearts & talents. Close to 8,000 dogs have been rescued to date.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I submitted an application to adopt a specific dog on Sunday. Got an email Monday to read about the commitment involved in adopting one of their dogs. I emailed them that day. No response. Sent 4 emails. Heard nothing by Thursday night. Went on their Facebook page to try to determine if people actually get to adopt from them or just get to donate time and money. Also looked at their tax returns. In Colorado, a nonprofit cannot loan money to their board members or officers but they made a $57,000+ loan to the husband of their executive director. I posted questions on their Facebook page. Finally got an email this morning saying that someone would be in touch today to schedule a home visit. After I sent them info re the loan, I was informed that I would not be able to adopt from them. Hmmmmm

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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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

One of the most organized, mobilized, and volunteers driven organization in CO. Especially in the rescue dog business, often organizational and administrative skills are sacrificed for the "Lets save one more dog" be chaotic energy that many other rescue organizations get sucked into. I hope to volunteer for them in 2016 in the Denver area.

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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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I started following NMDR after adopting a former puppy mill mama. They are dedicated, smart and oh so kind to these poor dogs. They are raising awareness and doing such a service to dogs who would have no hope.

14 Carolyn107

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for, fostered and adopted from this wonderful organization. It has been an honor to work with all of the individuals that share their time to further the cause to outlaw Puppy Mills.
This is my precious little girl, Wendy. In the Puppy Mill for 6 years and bred every 6 months. She is deaf and learned modified sign language in no time. The sweetest, funniest and most of all loving…even after all she went through. Adopt…don't shop!

9 Danielle92

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I live in Canada, and I wish we had a Theresa Strader here. I am so impressed with the level of commitment to this cause by her and all of her volunteers. I will never forget Lily. These are angels on earth. They are amazing. God bless them.

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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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

NMDR is an awesome organization with incredible people who save the lives of countless animals from the living hell of puppy mills. Their mission is to get the dogs out of these awful places, rehabilitate and then re-home them and they do a wonderful job of this. They see things while on their rescue trips to the dog auctions and at the puppy mills that most of us would never want to see. Yet they do it for the dogs. Please support or adopt from NMDR if you are able.

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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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Awesome team who is trying to be the hero in stopping the puppy stores, who are shutting the puppy mills down one by one. They're awesome

9 Paula78

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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer with NMDR and am overjoyed with the work they do giving these poor dogs a second chance in life. If not for NDMR, I know a lot of these dogs would be put down in a not-so-nice way.

I was fostering a little lab puppy that they reused, she saws only 3 months old and had bee4n mistreated. After a short time Phoenix had captured our hearts. She has become so special to me and my husband and out other dogs, our other 2 dogs are older and Phoenix is so active, she's helped give our older dogs more energy to play again. She is a God send to us, and NMDR was a God send to rescue her. Every dog they rescue becomes somebody's own little angel.

10 Jill37

Volunteer

Rating: 5

NMDR takes the impossible and makes it possible. Not only are their folks out on the road traveling the country rescuing puppy mill dogs, but those dogs are cared for by veterinarians, groomers, and rehabilitation staff to help them become pet-ready. And if that weren't enough, NMDR provides post-adoption support for behavior problems, as well. It is a fantastic organization, not just for the dogs, but for the volunteers, as well. If you are considering adopting a dog into your family, please give the pups at NMDR your attention. They are most deserving!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering for NMDR since 2009. It's the most classy organization with which I have ever been associated. You can rest assured that if you foster or adopt a former mill dog and you have any trouble, you won't be left alone. These folks make sure that you are supported! They are there is you need them!

9 Victoria51

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer< I have seen not only the dogs start to live a wonderful life, I have watched the people involved grow and help other causes. I started out as a fan page moderator and continue, this has helped me make many new friends and educate strangers on what puppy mills are. The tears of sorrow turn to tears of joy when these dogs are brought in to the kennel, we keep them all until they find a loving forever home!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

In learning what NMDR stands for and does for the mill dog industry blew my mind. Until watching the hour long video of Lily's Legacy, I did not know how prevalent puppy mills are across the nation. The treatment of these dogs can be horrid. Not all breeders are bad. NMDR makes frequent trips to the mid west to rescue dogs from un-reputable breeders and auction houses. I became a volunteer in Feb. 2015 and have an inside look at their work. What they do for these dogs is phenominal! The programs they offer include education, adoption fairs, fund raisers, and training on how to best help the dogs. I am such a small part of this organization, but being a part of something so much bigger than I am is so very rewarding. Many other organizations are on a similar journey on spreading the word against the puppy mill industry. Kudos to all that educate the public and rescue these dogs. I am blessed to have NMDR so close to the town I call home and to be a part of this organization. SF

8 Susan390

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first learned about National Mill Dog Rescue when I fostered a dog for a Denver area shelter. The dog had been rescued by NMDR. Since that time, I have also started to volunteer at the NMDR kennel in Peyton, Colorado, making the 135 mile roundtrip a few times a month. I also am fostering a dog for them at this time. The love and care, both medical and emotional, that these dogs get for the first time in their lives is so heartwarming and inspiring. Volunteers and staff put the animals first, and I am proud to be affiliated with such a wonderful organization.