About Lily

National Mill Dog Rescue was established in February 2007, in honor of a forgiving little Italian Greyhound named Lily. Theresa Strader, NMDR’s Founder and Executive Director, 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, Theresa started NMDR, giving a voice to mill dogs across the country. During her years as a breeding dog, Lily spent all of her days confined to a small, cold wire cage. She was never removed from her cage for exercise or socialization. In her dreary confines, Lily was forced to produce one litter after another with no respite. Like all commercial breeding dogs, she was a veritable breeding machine whose worth was measured in only one way – her ability to produce puppies.

By seven years of age, Lily was worn out. Commonplace in the industry, she had received little to no veterinary care throughout her life, the result of which, for her, was terribly disturbing. Due to years of no dental care, poor quality food, rabbit bottle watering and no appropriate chew toys, the roof of Lily’s mouth and lower jaw, had rotted away. Her chest was riddled with mammary tumors and she was absolutely terrified of people. Theresa brought Lily and 12 others home from the auction and declares that even for a highly seasoned rescuer, the following months were the education of a lifetime in rehabilitation. That she would take up the cause for the mill dogs was never in question and National Mill Dog Rescue was promptly underway. Click HERE to watch a video about Lily’s Legacy.

About Us

National Mill Dog Rescue pledged to put an end to the cruelty of the commercial dog breeding industry, more commonly known as puppy mills. Through rescue and education, NMDR continues in its life-saving work while enlightening the public about the truth of pet store puppies. NMDR has taken a national approach to their  efforts and they have rescued and placed more than 13,000 mill dogs since their inception in 2007. These dogs are now living as cherished family members across the United States.

Second Chances…

That’s what our puppy mill survivors are getting, and the cost associated with rescuing this special population of dogs is significant. The veterinary expenses alone are staggering; so far this year, close to $100,000 has been spent for the medical care of our dogs.
 
Your contributions to our Healing Hearts Fund are a tremendous help to these precious pups. Your additional gift today will help us reach our goal of $30,000, which will be a HUGE help with the specialized care of dogs who have had little to no veterinary treatment.
 
Here are five of the dogs who have new beginnings because of your generous gifts:

 

Rescue Teams Return!

Two rescue teams arrived home with 24 hours of each other and brought 77 dogs home! On board our second rescue van was the 13,000th dog. Watch as our new arrivals from both trips experience their first moments of FREEDOM! We are able to go on rescue missions thanks to your continued support. To help us bring more dogs HOME to their new lives, click HERE.

Our New Chapter

It’s official! The grand opening of The Timothy Center, our new veterinary clinic and rehabilitation facility, was February 17, 2018. We need your support to buy medical equipment to help us care for our puppy mill survivors. If you would like to be part of this very exciting new chapter for NMDR, please click HERE to donate!

The Giving Tree

Your special message will be engraved on a leaf on the Giving Tree in the lobby of The Timothy Center.  Click HERE for more information!

 

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