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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

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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.

11 Gloria34

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Thousands of hours have gone in to rescuing, vetting and rehabilitating rescue dogs from puppy mills. Thousands of hours have been spent educating and creating awareness of the horrific abuse in puppy mills. Thousands have volunteered and thousands of tears have been shed in their efforts. For the work they do and for the change they bring to these dogs, offering the ability to experience joy and love for the first time in their lives, I give National Mill Dog a thousand applause! This organization is impressive and so is their facility. It is an honor that I get to call myself a volunteer. National Mill Dog Rescue is by far one of the best non-profit out their. An organization ran by mainly volunteers, your donations truly benefit the welfare of each and every dog brought to freedom!

7 Bernadette4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

There are just not enough words I could use when talking about National Mill Dog Rescue! Started by one woman, a mill dog named Lily and a desire to rescue and re-home discarded breeding dogs from the commercial breeding industry, NMDR is a safe haven for both the rescued dogs and the volunteers who give their time and energy to help maintain it! I went there planning on having the volunteers bring me the dogs I was interested in (not wanting to see what I thought was going to be just another shelter atmosphere) to spending 4 hours touring, asking questions, visiting with the dogs and ultimately adopting one and signing up to volunteer! I have been a proud mill dog rescue human mother to a now 5 year old Boston Terrier for 1 year now and a volunteer for almost as long. I am proud to be a part of an organization with high moral and ethical values and standards. Pride is shown in the cleanliness of the kennels, the love and care the dogs receive , and the "no expense is too much" when it comes to the health and well-being in the medical care for these dogs. Theresa, the heart and soul of National Mill Dog Rescue , isn't just the founder, the face behind the organization but works tirelessly along side each and every volunteer in any and every needed way! Thank you NMDR for being a NON PROFIT that MAKES A DIFFERENCE!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Last June I sent my 15 old golden retriever yellow lab Over the rainbow bridge. 3 weeks later I found about national mill dog rescue on the petango website. I fell in love with a dog on the site and decided to go out and see her. Little did I know how impressive this facility was that I ended up spending four hours there just looking at dogs and listening to the volunteers tell me about the facility and a wonderful woman named Theresa. After adopting my dog a few weeks later I returned and this time became a volunteer and I love every moment of it. The care and dedication that everyone involved as shown these animals is truly inspiring and brings happy tears to my eyes.

10 Patricia111

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The housing for the dogs is impeccably maintained. When I visited for the first time to adopt a dog, I noticed volunteers showing such love and care for the dogs. The dog I adopted had been fully vetted and I received such support and help even after I took the dog home. Never having adopted a former breeding dog before, I must admit I was really nervous and really didn't know what to expect. This organization provides so much help. They have a volunteer behaviorist who makes herself available to answer any questions or concerns and an on line support group. I was so impressed with the mission and goals of this organization, I asked how I could help. I don't live in Colorado but I have been able to help and made to feel like I am an integral part of this organization. Theresa Strader, the founder of the organization makes herself available and is truly hands on in rescuing and caring for the dogs. She shows such love and compassion for these terrified and neglected dogs. I have seen her on so many occasions when I had the opportunity to visit the facility at the kennel interacting with the dogs and the volunteers. She is the real deal! She knows everyone's name and always greets them and, she remembers every dog she has rescued and can tell you their history. This is absolutely astounding considering NMDR has rescued over 10,000 dogs! Since, unfortunately sometimes the dogs escape after they are adopted, a lost dog team was established. These dedicated volunteers will camp out in the cold, snow and rain if necessary to recover a lost dog and return him to his people. It truly is about the dogs!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

A year ago, I had no experience with mill dogs. A friend sent me a Facebook link to National Mill Dog Rescue. I looked at their website and the descriptions of the available dogs and immediately fell in love with a little Papillon who had recently been rescued. I filled out the on line application and, as requested, asked friends to submit letters of recommendation as to the type of dog momma I would make. I was provided with extensive information concerning the best way to help a mill dog adjust to living in a home and I was also provided with the name of the canine behaviorist to speak with concerning unique problems I might experience in addition to information about the Facebook support group where I could share information with other adopting doggie parents. I was incredibly impressed with everyone I met - both on line and in person when I drove to Colorado Springs to meet and adopt my little Papillon. When I learned about the work that Theresa Strader and all the volunteers were doing to re-home dogs who had lived their entire lives in a small cage, I asked if there was something I could do from out of state to help spread the word. I became a volunteer 9 months ago and help with the Facebook page and fund raising. I have been to the facility several times and I always find the dogs to be extremely well cared for and living in an impeccably clean, warm and roomy kennel with plenty of clean water and food and a comfy bed. The volunteers are amazing and it is very obvious they love the dogs! I now have adopted 4 breeding dogs from National Mill Dog Rescue and will continue to donate time and money to this very worthy and well run organization!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Highly recommended Non-profit! National Mill Dog Rescue (NMDR) is an active and well-run organization of truly caring and compassionate people. I have enjoyed my experiences with them as an adopter, a foster parent, a donor, and as a volunteer. Well worth your time, resources, and donations to directly save and help these poor, sweet, innocent souls - the victims of puppy mills. They bring these dogs to freedom for the first time and you can see the change happen in them over time. NMDR cares for each and every dog they rescue for the rest of their lives.

We have adopted 3 senior dogs (after 10, 8, and 7 years living in little cages) and have fostered and re-homed 3 others. While taking in a puppy mill survivor is challenging, it is quite rewarding. These dogs never got a chance to live as dogs and lack a lot of normal dog behaviors, but when they start learning how to trust, love, play, explore, run on grass, etc. it is the most incredible feeling ever. While my dogs are not completely potty or leash trained, that's okay with me. I want to make up for their horrible past lives and want them to experience the best life ever!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The most dedicated, caring, and hard-work group of volunteers. Lily's Haven is truly that!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

National Mill Dog Rescue is an amazing organization. The heart of all the volunteers and staff can be felt the moment that you step in the door. The dogs are loved and well cared for while they wait for their forever homes.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It started with a Facebook "like." I was fascinated by the sweet faces of the dogs NMDR was rescuing. Then I saw a one-eyed chihuahua similar to one I used to have. I fell in love. I started reading more and went to visit the kennel. The volunteer let me sit in one of the kennels with a sweet boxer named Bobbie. That was it. I became a volunteer, then a foster, then a foster "failure" by adopting our foster. NMDR has rescued more than 10,000 dogs from puppy mills so far. All for the love of dogs. It was us..we let the dogs out! Woo Hoo Hoo Hoo Hoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!