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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

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115 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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....

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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.

9 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.