On the return leg to National Mill Dog Rescue’s facility in Peyton, CO (just east of Colorado Springs), the rescue team swept back through those same states, picking up an additional 29 dogs and 22 cats. The cats were transported for Every Creature Counts, a rescue based in Ft. Lupton, CO. All 32 dogs, including a Great Dane, Schnauzers, Italian Greyhounds, Dachshunds, Miniature Australian Shepherds and others were safely delivered to National Mill Dog Rescue’s facility where they will receive veterinary care, rehabilitation, and be readied for adoption.
Theresa Strader, founder, had this to say about this rescue operation, “This has been a particularly grueling rescue run given the number of breeders we received dogs from and the multiple location stops, but with the support of our community, other rescue groups and our volunteers, we were able to save more than 100 animals.”
National Mill Dog Rescue is a Colorado Springs based organization that rescues, rehabilitates, and re-homes retired commercial breeding dogs from puppy mills. NMDR relies on over fourteen hundred volunteers to care for the dogs, from the moment they are surrendered to the time they are adopted and beyond. We also depend on the kindness of the public in the form of donations.
The idea behind National Mill Dog Rescue started with a single sentence in an e-mail that Theresa Strader received: “50 Italian Greyhounds in need.” A large-scale breeding operation, or ‘puppy mill’ was going out of business and all 561 of the dogs were going to be auctioned off that weekend. One of those dogs was Lily. The moment their eyes met through the wire of Lily’s tiny cage, Theresa knew her life had changed forever and that this new life would include Lily.
In honor of that very special Italian Greyhound, National Mill Dog Rescue was established in February 2007 to give a voice to mill dogs across the country. Since then, almost 7 thousand have been saved. The work is far from over. NMDR is a no-kill organization. Every single dog that comes through the doors is given whatever medical care they need - without exception. They are groomed, usually for the very first time. Years of filth and matted fur are removed, allowing the beautiful dog underneath to shine. Soon they learn about all the simple everyday things that most dogs take for granted like toys and treats, a soft bed, and most importantly - love.