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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 October 2021, National Mill Dog Rescue has saved more than 16,500 puppy mill survivors, giving each one every opportunity for life as a treasured family pet. We have 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

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181 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

Review from #MyGivingStory

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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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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Five years ago, I lost my beloved Cavalier King Charles Spaniel to cancer and old age (She was 15). Our family had brought her back with us from Australia, where we lived for a year and a half. About four months later, when I felt ready for another dog, I researched "Cavalier Rescues" but there were no groups in Colorado. However, continued searching led me to National Mill Dog Rescue in Colorado Springs, and I emailed them, inquiring about Cavaliers. Yes! they wrote back, sometimes they did rescue these sweet dogs from puppy mills. They suggested I fill out the application and have the required home visit---all happened quickly, and within a week, I had an email that they were taking a van to Missouri for a rescue, and they would be bringing back two Cavaliers! The rest is history: my 14 year-old son and I drove down to their kennel from Denver, visited with several wonderful dogs, and our Darcy ("Bridget" then) climbed right into my son's lap! She definitely chose us. Her age is uncertain, hopefully her past life living in a cage for years is forgotten, and Darcy gives and receives love every day, with her constantly wagging tail. In the beginning, she didn't know how to navigate stairs or walk with a leash, but she learned all this and more. She has blessed us many times over, in times of sadness and times of joy. We are so grateful for the good work that National Mill Dog Rescue does! Words cannot adequately express our gratitude.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We flew out to Colorado to adopt Lindsey our six year old Maltese just four weeks ago. We had her checked out by a vet in Denver just to ensure she was good to fly. The vet herself could not believe Lindsey came from a rescue. The work that was completed on her was great. Poor thing had 20 teeth removed, they fixed her hernia and spayed her. I was VERY impressed with this rescue organization. It is very well run and I suspect this is a representation of Theresa Strader (Founder) . She and Everyone within this organization deserve a gold medal and a place in heaven. The hard work and dedication that is displayed here is beyond amazing!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our Corgi from NMDR almost 4 years ago. She was hours away from dying when they found her and rushed her to an emergency vet. NMDR spent thousands of dollars on her care. Weeks later when she was better we were fortunate to be able to adopt her. She is a wonderful addition to our family. We are very grateful to Teresa Strader and all the volunteers at NMDR, they are truly angels.

10 John283

Client Served

Rating: 5

My wife and I adopted a very special female Yorkie from the NMDR team and she has been a blessing to our family. She is full of love and loves to snuggle and its hard to believe what she went through and how she was treated. She still a little skittish today but not as much as when we first got her. The NMDR cares for the animals and is a wonderful organization doing great work to help these animals that can't speak for themselves.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my girl Dolly from NMDR two-and-a-half years ago, and I can't imagine what her life was like before they rescued her. (Or what my life was like before she came into our family!) She knew nothing about stairs, and refused to walk across thresholds of any type. I'd read about the Maltese breed, and it said they are happy and energetic. I thought "well, I guess I got the one Maltese that's not peppy." Now, though, she's completely adapted to being a "real dog" instead of a puppy mill breeder. She races around with a smile on her face, and bounces like a bunny with excitement when she gets outside. I am so appreciative of NMDR for bringing my baby girl to freedom and into my life!

8 Melissa117

Volunteer

Rating: 5

National Mill Dog Rescue is one of, if not the best, organizations that I have ever volunteered with. They have a wonderful mission, traveling across the US rescuing puppy mill dogs, rehabilitating them, and finally adopting them out. It is a JOY to see each and every dog and volunteer literally light up when we work together. My little baby, Diego The Dashing Dude, is my heart and that says a lot considering I have owned a dog since I was an infant. If you want to adopt a new family member, National Mill Dog Rescue is the way to go. What a BRILLIANT organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for about 2 years now. NMDR is a wonderful organization to "work" for. I highly recommend them. We do many wonderful things for the dogs, as well as for their "humans". You cannot find a better organization to work with.

4 Donna132

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I adopted my first NMDR dog over 2 years ago. I have since adopted 2 more. I love working with all the great volunteers and fostering for them. They get the best quality care for all the dogs. I have never seen such committed and friendly volunteers. It has been a huge impact on my life. I recommend them to everyone that wants a dog. My favorite part of volunteering is going to the kennel to help out when I can.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found out about National Mill Dog Rescue a few years ago. I was looking for a dog and when i called about some of their dogs they were very informative. I had never heard about puppy mills. I adopted one of their dogs (Gomez) and was shocked to see what he was like after living in a cage for 7 years. I knew i had to help and do something. The wonderful volunteers were very informative and patient with all my questions and soon after i began fostering. Theresa Strader has built an amazing rescue. Theresa is a hero to many and her and the others are great to be working with.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I learned about National Mill Dog Rescue after liking various dog pages on Facebook. All of these pages eventually started leading me to this amazing organization that rescues breeding dogs from puppy mills when they are no longer useful and producing puppies. I was stunned and saddened (and often sickened to be honest) as I learned more about what a puppy mill is. One of the pages promoted an adoption event that was going to be held at a pet store quite close to my home, so I put it on the calendar and went. I met all sorts of Facebook celebri-dogs and the people behind these Facebook pages and was so impressed by the passion and dedication of all of these folks. I met a number of adoptable mill dogs and saw former mill dogs that had homes but who were victims of poor lifelong health care and thus had all sorts of health issues from missing eyes, teeth, jaws! I spent a long time visiting with these folks and crying thinking about what these dogs had lived through. Then as I walked out I decided that I could either cry with sadness and anger about puppy mills, or I could become part of the change that this amazing organization is fostering. I went home and signed up on milldogrescue.org to become a volunteer, made a donation to them, and found a powerful passion that grows daily to help make a difference, even if it is gradual. As a person with a bit of an instant gratification problem, I have learned to keep in mind that this is a "make a change to the world one dog at a time" kind of situation. But even in the fairly short time I have volunteered, I feel like larger strides are being made. The key to ending the horror of puppy mills is educating people about them. If you want to feel empowered and amazed at the power of grassroot efforts, take a look at National Mill Dog Rescue. I assure you that you will be changed by it!

9 Judy114

Client Served

Rating: 5

We first learned about NMDR from other puppy mill rescue dogs who have facebook pages. We carefully read their horrible stories of abuse and reveled in every small step they made toward recovery. We further researched National Mill Dog Rescue- how and why it exists, its founder Theresa Strader. We considered applying to adopt a puppy mill rescue fully understanding the challenges that we would face because this would be like no other dog we've ever met. This would be a product of torture, and it would be our responsibility to love this animal into some sort of normal life.

More time spent researching puppy mills and the work, dedication of NMDR and we knew this was something we had to do. We attended many of their adoption events, met their volunteers, played with some of the animals, and filled out our application.

Once approved we visited Lily's Haven. The kennels are like no other I've ever seen, designed for the dogs- not for humans. Soft beds that these animals would have never experience in their lives, toys everywhere. Spotless water and food bowls. Every volunteer knew every animals name. The outside runs had both sun and shade in each location, swimming pools, toys- and they too were spotless.

The fact that the dogs had deep seated injuries was obvious, but every one of them was bathed, groomed, well fed, well cared for. I thought to myself what a wonderful first experience with freedom this is!

We did adopt. Our girl was named Tessa, we named her Sadie. NMDR had done life saving surgery on her just days before we met her. So they saved her life from the mill, and saved her life with major surgery. They also did dental work, removing ten rotted teeth- she had lost eight in the mill already. She'd had all her shots, her topical flea treatment, and they sent antibiotic and pain medication home with us along with her second dose of wormer and flea treatment. Who does that?

NMDR does. Because it's not about moving a dog from one place to another to them, it's about saving each and every dogs life. Making very sure each dog will know nothing but love and nurturing for the rest of their lives. Making sure they thrive.

Sadie is our blessing. She challenges us every day in ways we never thought possible, and she makes us laugh and love (and cry) and learn about ourselves and our priorities. Her big (huge) doggy sister loves her and protects her, and Sadie at six pounds protects her hundred pound sister.

Thank you NMDR, Theresa Strader, volunteers for the ongoing education, for Sadie, for your tireless work and support. We will never give up.

9 Mindi A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted from NMDR and received a rescue that NMDR had loved, nursed back to health and were rehabilitating - a loved dog! He ended up with a disease that no one could have seen coming. We contacted them for ideas of raising funds for surgery. They didn't blow us off but actually thanked us for giving him a loving home and actually assisted us, supported us and, once again, blessed our family with our little boy....now fully recovered and living a happy life. THE BEST - NMDR!!!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We have two wonderful senior dog rescues from National Mill Dog Rescue. When we walked into their shelter, we were greeted by the most warm and friendly volunteers. They love what they do and the dogs who were horribly abused in their puppy mill finally feel warmth, security and love by the treatment of all who give their time and energy. It's a wonderful organization. We are so lucky to have found the organization and our two beautiful yorkies.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I fell in love with the mission of NMDR because of Lil Olive and her mantra...Speak for those who have voice! I visited and was treated like royalty. I was taken on a tour and the entire rescue process was described to me. I visited each and every dog that had been rescued and fell in love with them all. That was December 2013. In May 2014 I adopted a mill dog from NMDR, she's a senior dog about 10 years old. She had been well socialized and is a dear. The socialization was die to NMDRs ability to enlist the help of foster families in the nearby cities. They are a force to be reckoned with and absolutely sincere about their miss to rescue mill dogs from deplorable conditions. I have recommended them to many over the past few months.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We took a trip to PetSmart one day and they happened to be having an adoption event. At this event I fell in love with a 9mo old Pom from a rescue I had never heard of, National Mill Dog. After doing some research and learning what they were about and that the dogs they rescue, including this Pom, are from puppy mills; that he had never known a loving hand, grass, toys, fresh water, etc., we were determined to give him a loving home. And he is flourishing! After following this rescue online for a year, we are now dedicated volunteers. They are amazing - they rescue, rehome and rehabilitate discarded and unwanted dogs that are used for the breeding industry (puppy mills), the dogs that are sold in puppy stores and online. We donate our time, money and our hearts. It is SO worth it!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I received a 8.5 year old rescue from National Mill Dog. She had lived in a cage her whole life having babies. Her health was horrendous, she had heartworm, hernia, had not been fixed and needed 25 teeth pulled that were rotten out from puppy mill lack of care and poor food. Now a year later, my sweet Miss Tilly, is a loving sweet, healthy member of our family. Her little tail wag makes my day and she looks so lovingly into my eyes that I can't help but wonder what she thinks - she came out of hell to a loving rescue and then a loving family. National Mill Dog paid for her vet care to get her healthy; that was amazing to me! They are a top notch wonderful and loving organization! I highly recommend you go out there and get a senior dog who has been locked up their whole lives; nothing is better than their love!

6 Jeanne34

Client Served

Rating: 5

This rescue is phenomenal. I rescued an Italian Greyhound. These people are so loving and caring towards the furbabies. National mill dog rescue truly cares about each individual animal and works very hard to nurse these mill dogs back to health not only physically but emotionally, the volunteers then find just the right home for these babies to be adopted into and live out the rest of their lives knowing what love is. Please, if you are looking for a pet to add to your family, adopt from National mill dog rescue. Lets speak for those with no voice. Please help end Puppy Mills!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization is so wonderful. They have so many dedicated volunteers that take care of all the rescued dogs and help find forever homes for them. We recently adopted a mill dog mama that had spent 7 yrs. of her precious 8 yrs. in a puppy mill as a breeding mama. Scared of men, scared of thunder, scared of quick movements, frightened of everything and not knowing how to be a dog…she is such a sweet, precious soul with not a mean bone in her little body. Since NMDR saved her life in July of 2013, they started teaching her that not all humans are like the ones that imprisoned her. She has been learning from volunteers at the kennel and also from their foster volunteers. Then we were lucky enough to be chosen to adopt our precious fur baby and be her forever home. She was our first NMDR but won't be our last. I can't think of an organization that is any more deserving than National Mill Dog Rescue. They are wonderful people that care about the welfare of the dogs that they've rescued. The dogs always come first, as they should. They are always there for support too, after the adoption, so there is always help, should you need it. Thank you.

5 Judith31

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I adopted a severly abused mill dog rescu a few years back and 4 years after his rescue he was still terrified of people. I ran across NMDR on the Internet, they invited me into their provate group of people who discuss how to help thise miill dogs and thier trainer helped me for free. I only met them a few months before my christopher died but he made more prpogrewss in those months and was happier than inteh previous 4 years. I din;t get him from them, they didn't rescue him and I was in a naother state and still they helped me and Christopher for no fee at all. The people I have met through this rescue ar ekind caring people who just want to help doggies. Ther yare my kind fo people.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

We had such a positive experience even just applying to adopt with NMDR that we traveled over 2 hours to go see their dogs! We are from Boulder County and tried some dog-rescue organizations closer to home but they proved much more difficult to work with. After our application was received by NMDR, we were promptly contacted, given literature, and told next steps to find our new adoptee. (Still waiting on word back from Farfel’s, grrr.)

The kennel was clean and positive-feeling with many pleasant workers and volunteers. The dogs were even bathed and groomed (for the most part). We were given lots of time to meet and play with all the potential adoptees and so felt like we were never rushed and therefore encouraged to find the “right” one.

After we adopted, we were given a prompt follow-up from them asking if everything went well in the first day and if we had any issues or questions. We were also given further information on behavioral specialists should we need it for the future.

Overall, we were VERY pleased with this experience. We will recommend NMDR to others who are looking to adopt. Thank you!