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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: To rescue, rehabilitate and rehome discarded breeding dogs and to educate the general public about the cruel realities of the commercial dog breeding industry. National Mill Dog Rescue was established in February 2007, in honor of a forgiving little Italian Greyhound named Lily. Theresa Strader, NMDR’s Founder, rescued Lily from a dog auction in Missouri. Prior to that day, Lily had spent the first seven years of her life as a commercial breeding dog, a puppy mill mom. Determined that her years of living in misery would not be in vain, Strader started NMDR, giving a voice to mill dogs across the country.

Results: As of May 2016 National Mill Dog Rescue has saved 10,727 puppy mill survivors.

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

Geographic areas served: We work to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome discarded commercial breeding dogs

Programs: Rescue Program Veterinary Care Program Animal Care & Rehabilitation Program Adoptions Program Education & Outreach Program

Community Stories

116 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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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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.

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I became aware of National Mill Dog Rescue in 2008 while producing the documentary, I Breathe. I was immediately impressed by the integrity and heart of this organization.

It is eye-opening, and often shocking, to experience firsthand what this group does to rescue dogs from commercial breeding facilities.

The mission is focused and I can honestly say - despite being a skeptical journalist - that NMDR is the real deal. It is truly about the dogs.

2

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.

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.

5

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

2

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

Two of our beloved family members were given a second chance by National Mill Dog Rescue. We are so blessed to have them in our lives! The care, dedication and love given to these furry souls at every level of this wonderful organization is second to none. Thank you, NMDR!

3

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!

2

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!

2

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

1

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

2 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!