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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 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

139 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.