A rescue team from National Mill Dog Rescue mobilized into action late last week and traveled through Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas and Missouri, picking up 86 surrendered breeding dogs from multiple locations.
In the commercial dog breeding industry, dogs are discarded when they are no longer of use for breeding, often these dogs are killed. National Mill Dog Rescue saves as many of these dogs as possible. Their rescue team transported the 86 newly rescued dogs to Lily's Haven, their facility near Colorado Springs, arriving late Saturday. 28 of the dogs were then transferred to Denver Dumb Friends League in Denver, where they will be cared for and seek out permanent homes. Under a special arrangement with NMDR, DDFL will work to find these dogs forever homes, but if unsuccessful will return the dogs to NMDR.
Theresa Strader, founder, had this to say about this rescue operation, "This has been a particularly grueling rescue run given the number of breeders we received dogs from and the multiple location stops, but with the support of our community, other rescue groups and our volunteers, we were able to save many lives and give these dogs a chance for a life outside of the cage. These dogs will now receive the veterinary care and socialization they desperately need as they prepare to become family pets."
About National Mill Dog Rescue
National Mill Dog Rescue is a Colorado Springs based 501(c)(3) organization that rescues, rehabilitates, and re-homes discarded commercial breeding dogs from puppy mills. NMDR relies on volunteers to care for the dogs, from the moment they are surrendered to the time they are adopted and beyond. They depend on the generosity of the public to provide the high level of care they do for the dogs and to continue to be able to save them.
National Mill Dog Rescue started with a single sentence in an e-mail that Theresa Strader received: "50 Italian Greyhounds in need." A large-scale breeding operation, or 'puppy mill' was going out of business and all 561 dogs were going to auction. One of those dogs was a seven-year-old Italian Greyhound 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 Lily and a mission to bring about lasting change.