Mission

To rescue, rehabilitate and re-home discarded breeding dogs and to educate the general public about the cruel realities of the commercial dog breeding industry





Contact Info

Executive Director: Theresa Strader
Contact: customerservice@nmdr.org
Phone: (888) 495-DOGS
(719) 445-6787
Location: 5335 JD Johnson Road, Peyton, Colo.
Mailing: P. O. Box 88468 Colorado Springs, CO 80908
501(c)(3) charitable organization
EIN: 26-0574783

History

National Mill Dog Rescue started with a single sentence in an email Theresa Strader received: “50 Italian greyhounds in need.” A large-scale breeding operation, a.k.a. a puppy mill, was going out of business, and 561 dogs were going to auction. One of those dogs was a 7-year-old named 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 a mission to bring about lasting change. In honor of Lily, National Mill Dog Rescue was established in February 2007 to give a voice to mill dogs across the country. Since then, NMDR has rescued more than 11,800 puppy mill survivors. Every single dog that comes through our doors is spayed or neutered and given whatever additional medical care needed—without exception. They are groomed, many of them 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 pleasures that they had never previously known—clean water, toys and treats, soft beds, and, most importantly, the love of a human companion.

The National Mill Dog Rescue Community

Our community embraces thousands of donors, supporters and volunteers from around the world. To follow us online, go to:

Volunteer Facts

More than 600 volunteers nationally, primarily local
More than 5,000 monthly volunteer hours
95 percent volunteer-based





Rescued Dog Facts (01/01/16 through 12/31/16)*

  • Dogs with intake: 756
  • Dogs born in care: 47
  • Dogs adopted: 606
  • Dogs transferred out: 300
  • Dogs died in care: 11
  • Dogs euthanized: 1
*Adapted from Asilomar Accords, Basic Animal Data Matrix

Expense Facts

Kennel expenses (mortgage and utilities): $6,400/month
Food for entire kennel: $100/day
One rescue mission: $16,000 (includes dog care expenses)
Basic veterinary care: $300/dog (includes spay/neuter, extensive dentals, heartworm testing and treatment, vaccinations, microchipping
Specialty veterinary care: $13,000/month average. Roughly 1/3 of our dogs require specialized treatment.

Dog Facts

More than 11,800 dogs rescued to date
Rescue average/year: 1,067 (Past three years)
Average number of dogs at kennel: 110
Average age of a puppy mill survivor: 7 years
Typical number of dogs in foster care: 60
Average number of adoptions per month: 51
Average rehabilitation time: 6 to 8 weeks


Programs

Rescue
Daily Care at the kennel
Veterinary Care
Rehabilitation
Foster Care
Adoptions
Post-Adoption Support
Education and Outreach
Volunteers

Rescue Facts

Trips: 2x per month, average 44 dogs per trip
Rescue mileage: Approximately 28,500 miles per year
Courtesy transports provided

Vehicles
  • Petco Sprinter Van
  • Cargo Van (retired to local duty only)
  • Passenger Van
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