Volunteer Vacations

Volunteering at the kennelThank you for your interest in visiting and volunteering with National Mill Dog Rescue. If you are a Colorado Springs or Denver area resident, please go to the volunteer tab and sign up as an individual volunteer. If you live outside the area and would like to volunteer for National Mill Dog Rescue, please email customerservice@nmdr.org and include the following information: dates you plan to visit, the purpose for your visit and the ages of any children that may be with you. Please note: Youth volunteers need to be at least 13 and supervised by a parent or guardian.

Volunteering at National Mill Dog Rescue – what to expect

On your first day visiting the facility, you will receive a brief orientation. The orientation will explain to you the history of NMDR and provide you an education on puppy mills. You will also learn safety protocols and how to interact with our dogs. After the orientation, you will be given a tour of the facility and then you will be able to help the dogs. Visiting volunteers are able to assist with a variety of tasks and you will be involved with cleaning, feeding, laundry, dog walking, individual socialization of dogs and of course puppy parties! We do suggest you bring a lunch and water or water bottles. We do have a refrigerator and microwave for you to use. There are many fast food choices just fifteen minutes from our facility.

How to get here
There are two options for flying in to visit National Mill Dog Rescue:
Denver International Airport – DIA is about 1 hour and 50 minutes from our facility, but has a larger variety of airlines and convenient arrival times. Link to map: http://bit.ly/1zAwMM2
Colorado Springs Airport – Conveniently located in Colorado Springs and only about 35 minutes from our facility, Colorado Springs Airport has shorter lines and less traffic. Link to map: http://bit.ly/1CVRdkw

Places to stay
There are many options for hotels in the area. Here are a few that many visiting volunteers suggest:
Homewood Suites – All suite hotel with full kitchens and microwaves. Dog friendly with a courtyard where your dogs can be walked and even romp.
Embassy Suites – All suite hotel with in room microwaves and coffee makers. This hotel is also dog friendly.
Falcon Meadow RV Campground – Conveniently located near our facility it is a full service RV park/campground.
Black Forest Bed & Breakfast – Massive log home with adjacent cabins and beautiful mountain views. Discount available for out of state volunteers.
DoubleTree Colorado Springs – Located near downtown Colorado Springs.

Planning your visit
Pikes PeakWith an average of 300 sunny days a year, Colorado Springs has a lot to offer. From historical landmarks and museums to parks and hiking trails. Here are some of the most popular attractions:
Garden of the Gods – A favorite among residents and tourists alike and is a registered National Natural Landmark in Colorado Springs.
Pikes Peak Cog Railway – Climb America’s Mountain from the comfort of the cog train. The train takes you up 14,115 feet, to the top of Pikes Peak where you will experience amazing view of Colorado Springs and surrounding areas.
Ghost Town Wild West Museum – Created in 1954, the museum is a step back to authentic towns of 100 years past. It is a great place for families with activities such as gold panning and the old west shooting gallery.
Bear Creek Regional Park – This is a large and beautiful park at 546 acres with a dog park, hiking trails, picnic areas and more!
Cheyenne Mountain State Park – This is a State Park so entrance fees do apply. This park has a lot to offer with wildlife, 20 miles of hiking and biking trails, year round camping and even Geocaching.
Hiking Trails – Colorado Springs is home to a wide range of hiking trails for beginners and experts alike.

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