WAN’s Rescue Of The Week: National Mill Dog Rescue Saves Breeding Dogs Discarded By A Deplorable Industry!


Being the proud mama of a four-legged 14-year-old baby girl that was dumped by a so-called “breeder” on the street when she was sick, old, and could not produce any more puppies, I personally know how precious these sweet souls are that need to be saved from their horrific lives of being used, abused, and discarded.

My Princess now!

My family also recently lost our beloved Sweet Pea; another mill dog that was also dumped after years of abuse, having her ear tattooed, and her vocal chords cut.

You are forever loved and missed Sweet Pea!

Often rescuing these frail and exhausted beings means making sure that the poor dog lives its final days feeling loved, spoiled, and safe.

The way my Princess is and my family’s Sweet Pea did!

That is why I was particularly thrilled to learn about National Mill Dog Rescue; a non-profit located in Peyton, Colorado, that rescues, rehabilitates, and rehomes discarded breeding dogs.

Equally important, the organization also works to educate the general public about the cruel realities of the commercial dog breeding industry.

National Mill Dog Rescue was founded by Theresa Strader in February 2007 in honor of a forgiving little Italian Greyhound she rescued named Lily.

Theresa and Lily

Prior to her rescue from an auction, 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, Strader 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 in a dark, foul-smelling barn. Never was she 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.



Sadly, breeding dogs tend to receive little to no veterinary care or positive interaction with humans throughout their lives; often leaving them with both physical and emotional problems.

Since its inception, National Mill Dog Rescue has saved more than 12,700 dogs throughout the country and has no plans to slow down. Run almost solely by volunteers, the organization is determined to put an end to the cruelty of the puppy mill industry.

A list of adorable dogs available for adoption through National Mill Dog Rescue is available HERE!

There are also many ways people can help National Mill Dog Rescue! A list can be found HERE!

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