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National Mill Dog Rescue

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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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Rating: 5

National Mill Dog Rescue is the best run charity organization that I have had the opportunity to volunteer for. They work hard to rescue and rehabilitate dogs that are from puppy mills and would otherwise be killed if they weren't saved. They have a large network of volunteers all over the country who assist with all areas of the operation from rescue to cleaning, rehabilitation, vetting, fostering, adoptions, and education. The volunteers there are caring dedicated folks who give up their free time helping these neglected and abused souls recover their lives so they can find a home with a loving family to live in. They are very well organized and the operations run smoothly on a day to day basis, something you just don't find at all non-profits. Because everyone is working for the dogs, there is a strong sense of purpose with the get her done mentality. I began volunteering there with the goal of helping animals in mind but this journey has become so much more. The folks there are so nice and generous, and I've made many new friends both human and canine who have changed my life forever. I'm forever grateful to be given the opportunity to spend my time making a difference in the world!