"This grant will give roughly 50 dogs that are presently confined in cages in Arkansas, Missouri and other Midwest states a chance to live the rest of their lives as treasured family pets," said Theresa Strader, National Mill Dog Rescue founder and executive director. "We'll be on the road within the next couple of weeks and bring home as many as we can.
"We are on target to rescue 2,000 dogs from the mills this year--the most in our seven-year history," Strader said. "All of them are immediately spayed or neutered, microchipped and get the medical treatment they need to ensure their long-term health. Most have never been seen by veterinarians. It takes an average of four to six weeks in our care before they are ready to be adopted to lifelong homes.
"Everyone involved in our mission feels fortunate to be able to give these dogs a future," Strader added. "And for our work to be supported by the venerable ASPCA is an incredible honor. We are immensely grateful."
About National Mill Dog Rescue
National Mill Dog Rescue is the leading organization in the country devoted exclusively to rescuing puppy-mill survivors. Since 2007, more than 9,200 dogs have been saved. In addition to hands-on rescue, its programs include medical treatment, rehabilitation, foster care and adoption services.
The organization uses every opportunity to inform and educate, so that fewer consumers purchase puppies from pet stores and Internet sellers, which front for the mills, and more choose to adopt.
National Mill Dog Rescue is 95-percent volunteer based and is a registered 501(c)(3) public charity. Its kennel facility, Lily's Haven, in Peyton, Colo., is open by appointment.
To rescue, rehabilitate and rehome discarded breeding dogs and to educate the general public about the cruel realities of the commercial dog-breeding industry.