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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

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

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

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

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

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

Community Stories

116 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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

NMDR is an amazing organization who does wonders for these pups who have been cast aside. I have seen miracles worked - from our Rescue Team, to the Cleaners, Groomers and the Rehab Team just to name a few. They come in broken, scared - afraid to be touched and are rehabbed into wonderful, loving pets and adopted into loving homes. Volunteering for this organization has done amazing things for my soul

6

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!

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

3

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.

3

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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4

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.

8

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.