● 99% of dogs sold in pet stores come from puppy mills
● 75% of shelter or rescue dogs are purebred
● Approximately 4.5 million puppies are sold from puppy mills each year
● Approximately 1 million breeder dogs are confined to puppy mills as we speak
● According to the Humane Society of the United States (http://www.humanesociety.org/
According to Theresa Strader, founder of National Mill Dog Rescue, "Although they are certainly tempting, puppies don’t make good presents. Puppies require constant attention, supervision and training to become well-adjusted members of the family. Christmas is too busy a time of the year to work with a new puppy and often, the puppy becomes a nuisance rather quickly. Shelters across the country will attest to how busy they are in February and March when most of the puppies people bought as Christmas gifts
are being turned into their shelters."
The rescue work of National Mill Dog Rescue was recently spotlighted on Fox 31 KDVR’s evening news.
National Mill Dog Rescue’s founder, Theresa Strader was also honored as a People Magazine’s “Heroes Among Us” in the November 19, 2012 issue. http://www.people.com/
National Mill Dog Rescue is a Colorado Springs based organization that rescues, rehabilitates, and re-homes retired commercial breeding dogs from puppy mills.
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.