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WE ARE ON THE ROAD AGAIN!

Rescue is at the core of who we are at NMDR, and during COVID-19, we had been forced to take a pause on rescue. We are thrilled to announce that our Rescue Team is back on the road this week! 

National Rescue Dog Day is on Wednesday, May 20th, but at National Mill Dog Rescue, we are celebrating all week long! #NationalRescueDogDay brings awareness to all the PAWsome pups that are waiting to be adopted into loving forever homes. A rescued dog has overcome many obstacles, but can often bounce back into the most loyal pet; providing comfort, friendship, and unconditional love.

Giving each and every pup a chance to live their best life means the world to us. But we can’t do it without you! Every dollar helps us rescue more dogs and care for the ones we have. Text RESCUEDOG to 44-321 or click a link below to give today!

If you're able to support NMDR in other ways, please consider sharing this email with your friends and family, starting a fundraiser, or asking your employer to add NMDR to their corporate philanthropy program.

THANK YOU for your ongoing support of National Mill Dog Rescue! 
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National Mill Dog Rescue
PO Box 88468
Colorado Springs, CO 80908
719-445-6787
 

National Mill Dog Rescue | PO Box 88468, Colorado Springs, CO 80908

Linda Blair WorldHeart Foundation | 10061 Riverside Dr. Suite 1003, Toluca Lake, CA 91506

 
 
We truly need your help! All of the shelters are overfilled and they are begging rescues and people to adopt the many dogs and cats before they start euthanizing. (You can read the article here: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/local/all-la-city-animal-shelters-at-capacity-hundreds-of-pets-may-be-euthanized/ar-BBLnCRZ?ocid=se)
 
We have done what we could here at LBWF. We have been pulling emergency dogs since Memorial Day. We know right now we are in an emergency crisis with the animals but so few people are listening as the Country is so devastated. Our hearts go out to everyone affected. If you are able, would you please, please, make a donation today to help us.
This upcoming Tuesday, August 7th, the electric company is turning off the electricity in our area for nine hours so they can fix the electrical grid. The temperature is supposed to reach 107 degrees. We are in shock they are doing this and we are asking for donations to help us rent generators so we can keep the dogs cool and comfortable. The only way we can provide this is by renting three generators to hook up the mini air conditioning units, purchasing 100 blocks of ice for the baby pools so the dogs can lie in the cool water, and regular bags of ice. The cost of renting a generator is $250 each.
Everyone in the area is affected and we know there are many that are not thinking ahead but we truly are as we care for our rescued animals with all our hearts! Please help! We are also on fire alert every single day. Our emergency funds are very low and down to nothing because of having to spay and neuter most all of our rescue dogs since the shelters won’t. Please help us to help the dogs in need. We have rescued so many and save so many lives because of your support! You can donate by clicking the link below and please put a message of support in the message bar!
With Love & Thanks,
Linda Blair
 
Below are pictures of our rescue dogs enjoying pool time and play time. Everything we provide is because of your support & donations! 
Our Recent Rescues
 
A Day In The Life of an LBWF Rescued Dog
Your support & donations make this possible!
 
Happy rescued dogs get the "zoomies!"
 
 

Movie Review Written by Jon Patch with 3 out of 4 paws

Skyscraper

Universal Pictures, Legendary Entertainment, Flynn Picture Comp-any and Seven Bucks Productions present a PG-13, 102 minute, Action, Crime, Drama, directed and written by Rawson Marshall Thurber with a theatre release date of July 13, 2018.

Review written by Jon Patch with 2 out of 4 paws

Maze Runner: The Death Cure

Twentieth Century Fox, Temple Hill Entertainment and Gotham Group present a 142 minute, PG-13, Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller, directed by Wes Ball, screenplay by T.S. Nowlin and based on the novel “The Death Cure” by James Dashner with a theatre release date of January 26, 2018.

Charity Fundraiser~Limited Edition T-Shirts
Ends October 31, 2017
LB with Sunny and Riley
 In honor of my founding member dogs, Sunny boy and Riley and the thousands of others that have lost their battles with cancer, in their memory, I've been working on cancer prevention, for the last few years and it's proven successful!  The dogs I've had on the program that I created with experts are all still alive and thriving. It's a miracle! 
 This T-shirt campaign helps to continue the funding  for cancer prevention and to get the word out far and wide, demanding clean pet food, grain free, the supporting herbs, and CBD oil's for pets!  I no longer do chemotherapy or radiation which causes such sickness and usually a faster and to their precious lives!
 I've been posting the information on my Facebook & website for the last year. I hope you've been following... For anyone that's new, we have all lost a pet to cancer and it's broken our hearts! My life goal is to put an end to cancer in pets! It's all in the food! Our animals were given cheaper foods through the years that allowed cancer to thrive. Now we are stopping it! Please help me on this journey and support the work I do with animal rescue and cancer prevention by supporting this T-shirt campaign through October 31st! I'm counting on you to help me to help the animals in the world to have a healthier, loving and anti-cruelty life!

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Local author publishes heartwarming story of rescue cats and gains international attention.

ENFIELD, CT, Feb. 2, 2017 – Local author and long-time Connecticut resident, Shawn Flynn, is pleased to announce the release of, “THE KITTY Who Rescued Me After I Rescued Him,” currently available from Amazon.com and everywhere books are sold. A touching and inspiring story of heartfelt companionship, THE KITTY offers an uplifting perspective on what it means to find true friendship in this world.

“I’ve had this story in my head for years about the love affair I have with my cats and decided to take some time to document my thoughts,” commented Mr. Flynn. “Before I knew it, I had a book. People who I shared my initial manuscript with were touched, and they encouraged me to see if I could get it published.”

What people are saying about THE KITTY:

“This book would be great for families and to read to your kids… I promise this book is a perfect cat lover best read!!” -Katzenworld, United Kingdom

"Heartwarming story of the love and healing power that rescue cats can bring into our lives and homes. Even if you are not currently a cat-lover, you'll become one after reading this story. ENJOY!" -Kathy McAfee, author of Stop Global Boring

"A very touching, nice story to read. Animal children love you unconditionally and make your world brighter." -Tamara Taylor

"This would be the perfect book for any cat lover on your shopping list. A funny, sweet and endearing true tale of a single man and his cats. Shawn Flynn captures the true essence of the profound impact our pets can have on our happiness and sense of stability." -John McLeod

After 25 years working in a market research career, Mr. Flynn decided to step away to pursue his passion for writing. He knew he wanted to explore his deep connection with cats, particularly the first cat he ever rescued.

More information can be found at Amazon, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

Check out Mr. Flynn’s interview with Hartford book reviewer, John Valeri.

All are invited to attend the upcoming author events with Mr. Flynn:

Book Club Bookstore, 100 Main Street, Broad Brook, CT, Saturday, February 11, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Sharing the Light Wholistic Center, 395 West Avon Road, Avon, CT, Friday, February 17, 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Blue Umbrella Books, 2 Main Street, Westfield, MA, Saturday, March 11, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

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Following rescue efforts in South Carolina and Georgia, ASPCA responders head to North Carolina to assist animals stranded by massive flooding

Lumberton, N.C.—At the request of the North Carolina Department of Agriculture, the ASPCA® (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) deployed members of its disaster response team to assist in animal rescue and sheltering needs in Lumberton, N.C., devastated by massive flooding due to Hurricane Matthew. Since last week, the ASPCA has assisted nearly 950 animals through pre-evacuation, field rescue, transport and sheltering needs in Georgia and South Carolina.

“Local officials estimate hundreds of animals may be affected in Lumberton at this point, and we will assist them with sheltering displaced animals in the community and animal rescue requests,” said Tim Rickey, vice president of the ASPCA Field Investigations and Response team. “For many, pets are members of the family, and we will do everything we can and continue to go out into the field to search for lost pets and hopefully reunite them with their owners.”

Forecasters warned that waters were still on the rise in some areas of Robeson County, and the ASPCA anticipates requests for assistance will increase. Nearly 25 deaths have been reported in the U.S. due to the deadly Category 4 storm as it made its way up the East Coast after killing hundreds in Haiti, Cuba and the Bahamas.
 
The ASPCA Field Investigations and Response team frequently responds to natural disasters including the recent Louisiana flooding and the Northern California wildfire. In addition, they are called on by state and municipal governments and other animal welfare partners to lend expertise during large-scale animal rescue operations.

About the ASPCA®
Founded in 1866, and celebrating its 150th birthday this year, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. For more information, please visit www.ASPCA.org, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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New York, NY – The AKC® Humane Fund is pleased to announce the winners of the 17th annual AKC Humane Fund Awards for Canine Excellence (ACE). These awards celebrate five loyal, hard-working dogs that have significantly improved the lives of their owners and communities.

One award is presented in each of the following five categories: Uniformed Service K-9, Service, Therapy, Search and Rescue and Exemplary Companion dog. This year’s winners include a Deputy K-9 Bloodhound who has worked with the FBI, a Labrador Retriever that helped a young girl gain her independence after suddenly becoming paralyzed, a retired show dog that helps comfort people in the airport, a search and rescue dog trained in three disciplines and a family pet who fought for his life protecting a seven-year-old.

“The heartwarming stories of the five ACE award winners exemplify the loyalty, commitment and companionship dogs give us,” said AKC Spokesperson Gina DiNardo. “Whether providing comfort or saving lives, each of these dogs has in some way improved the lives of others and the impact they have made on their community is truly inspiring.”

All of the ACE recipients will receive $1,000 to be awarded to a pet-related charity of their choice, a one-year pet insurance policy from Pet Partners, Inc., they will be honored at Regalia: A Royal Celebration for Those Who Champion Purebred Dogs on Friday, December 16th and an engraved sterling silver medallion will be presented to each at the AKC National Championship presented by Royal Canin in Orlando, Florida held on Saturday and Sunday, December 17-18, 2016.

This year’s ACE winners are:

 

Uniformed Service K-9: “Radar,” a Bloodhound handled by Frank Hurst of Kiowa, Colorado

“K-9 Deputy Radar” is a four-year-old AKC-registered Bloodhound serving in Elbert County, Colorado. His training for finding missing persons and tracking down criminals and evidence began at a mere ten weeks of age. Radar has worked cases with close to three dozen law-enforcement-agencies, including the Colorado Bureau of Investigation as well as the FBI. He has also assisted with cases for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Additionally, Radar is among just a handful of Bloodhound K-9s assisting NecroSearch International, a national group that solves cold-case homicides. Radar’s file includes an extensive list of successfully concluded searches.

Service Dog: “Teddie,” a Labrador Retriever owned by Krystal Greco of North East, Maryland

“Teddie” is a five-year-old Labrador Retriever certified with Canine Partners for Life. She is the service dog for her owner, Krystal Greco. Krystal suddenly became paralyzed from the waist down at age 14. Unable to attend school regularly, the housebound teenager began feeling depressed, isolated and lonely. Krystal contacted Canine Partners for Life in mid-2012 and Teddie came into her life the following year.

Teddie does everything from opening and closing doors to alerting Krystal, who cannot feel anything below the waist, when she might need to use the bathroom. With Teddie’s help, Krystal has earned three college associates degrees, works a part time job, travels and volunteers as a spokesperson and demonstrator for Canine Partners for Life. This fall Teddie will be by Krystal’s side as she begins her baccalaureate degree at Maryland University College.

Therapy Dog: “Jackie,” a Sussex Spaniel owned by Jan Hepper of San Francisco, California

“Jackie,” officially known as GCH CH Riverotter's Little Jackie Paper RA THD CGC, is an eight-year-old Sussex Spaniel certified through San Francisco SPCA Animal Assisted Therapy program. A new concept in airline passenger comfort was created in December 2013 when San Francisco International Airport launched the Wag Brigade, a program that brings therapy dogs to airport terminals in an effort to make air travel more enjoyable for passengers. Thanks to her eye-catching beauty and her cheerful, friendly disposition so typical of her breed, Jackie quickly became a star of this program after retiring from her career as a top show dog.

Each dog in the program is carefully selected based on temperament and airport suitability. The dogs roam the terminals wearing vests that read “Pet Me”. In a time of heightened security that has made airports stressful places for many, the Wag Brigade has made a soothing difference for passengers and airport employees alike. When Jackie is not busy decreasing stress levels at the airport, she visits Stanford University and San Francisco State University to help students relax during exams.

Search and Rescue Dog: “Bodie,” a Belgian Malinois owned and handled by Amy Lavoie of Santee, California

“Bodie,” an eight-year-old Belgian Malinois, is among the small circle of search-and-rescue dogs trained and certified in three distinct disciplines: article search, trailing and human-remains detection. Bodie and his handler, Amy, have assisted local and federal law-enforcement in Southern California, Nevada, Arizona and Utah for the past seven years. Whether they are working in the sweltering desert heat or in bustling cities, this duo keeps very busy, averaging 20 searches per year along with several hours of training. “He has quite the reputation for all the kisses he gives,” his nominator, Randy Thomsen, says, “and there have been many officers that have finished their shift with Bodie fur on their uniforms from the loving lean he does whenever he meets someone.”

Exemplary Companion Dog: “Haus,” a German Shepherd Dog owned by Tonya DeLuca of Tampa, Florida

“Haus,” a two-year-old German Shepherd Dog, owned by the DeLuca family of Tampa, Florida, fought for his life after stepping between seven-year-old Molly DeLuca and a rattlesnake. Haus was in the backyard with Molly and her grandmother when Mrs. DeLuca saw the dog jump several times but still stand his ground. She saw blood coming from Haus and he began limping and crying and she quickly realized it was a rattlesnake that he was facing. Veterinarians identified three snake bites on Haus, who was injected with substantial amounts of venom; so much that he needed a steady drip of antivenin, instead of the more common one to two doses. Haus was in intensive care, his life on the line, after faithfully protecting the little girl. He was able to recover from his injuries and returned home to the DeLuca family. Mrs. DeLuca is extremely grateful that Haus was there to protect her daughter from what could have been a deadly incident. 


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(Grand Isle, La.) – Today, Audubon Nature Institute and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in coordination with NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service and Chicago Zoological Society's Sarasota Dolphin Research Program released a juvenile male dolphin into Barataria Bay. The dolphin is the first to be rescued, rehabilitated and released back into the wild off Louisiana’s coast.

“This is a truly notable event,” explained Mandy Tumlin, the Louisiana State Stranding Coordinator for marine mammals and sea turtles. “Dolphins can be deemed non-releasable for a variety of reasons, such as a medical condition that may hinder their ability to survive.”
 
On October 26, 2015, biologists from LDWF responded to a report by a private citizen of a live, stranded dolphin on Grand Isle Beach. Based on initial evaluations, the 6.5-foot-long juvenile dolphin was responsive. High water and rough seas associated with Hurricane Patricia likely contributed to the cause of the stranding.
 
“It’s unknown how long the animal was on the beach before he was discovered, but that period of time was a definite strain on him,” said Tumlin. “Dolphins are accustomed to buoyancy when in the water, so there is significant strain on their muscles when the animal is stranded and take on their entire body weight."
 
“We had a short window to diagnose whether the animal could be released or brought back to Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center (FMASSC) in New Orleans for treatment,” said Audubon’s Stranding and Rescue Coordinator Gabriella Vazquez. “He was lethargic and had short, shallow breaths. We attempted a soft release in the surf, but he showed no initiative to swim back into the Gulf.”
 
The dolphin was transported to FMASSC and made positive progress in the following months of evaluation and treatment.
Named “Octavius’’ in an affectionate nod to the Audubon veterinarian caring for him, the dolphin responded well to treatment and was able to swim on his own.

In order to determine if the dolphin was a candidate for release, specific milestones needed to be met. First, he was required to pass behavioral clearance. Vazquez explained: “Octavius showed no signs of abnormal swimming, breathing or diving behavior. Importantly, he had not become desensitized to humans – which is crucial because human interaction with dolphins in the wild can be a problem.”
 
Tumlin further explained, “Animals can often become dependent on humans for food and other resources following time in rehabilitative care. Dolphins are very intelligent animals. Over time, they can learn to associate humans and boats as a source for food, which is why it is illegal to feed them in the wild.”
 
Next, the dolphin passed an “auditory evoked potential test” administered by Dr. Dorian S. Houser, Ph.D., Director of Conservation and Biological Research for the National Marine Mammal Foundation, and showed no signs of hearing impairment.
 
Finally, Octavius passed medical clearance, including blood work and veterinary examinations, showing no indication of congenital defects or medical issues that would hinder his ability to survive in the wild.

Because Octavius was only 190cm in length at stranding, he could be as young as 1 year or as old as 7 years (best age estimate is ~3 years). Because there is the possibility that he could be a dependent calf (if he were 1-2 years old), he is being considered a “conditionally releasable” animal. Both LDWF and Audubon are responsible for stringent post monitoring protocols outlined by NOAA/NMFS. Staff will be required to monitor this animal in the wild over the next six weeks.

"Audubon and LDWF have been working tirelessly to care for Octavius," said Vazquez. "While there is still more critical work to be done with post-release monitoring, we have given this animal the best chance for a successful return to the wild."

Dr. Randy Wells, Director of the
Chicago Zoological Society’s Sarasota Dolphin Research Program affixed a tag to the dorsal fin of the dolphin allowing staff to monitor him in real-time. “The tag allows for satellite tracking as well as radio tracking. Since he could be a younger animal, this type of monitoring is necessary to ensure he is thriving back in the wild,” said Tumlin.
 
LDWF Secretary Charlie Melancon added, “While this animal is not completely out of the woods, this is a remarkable story demonstrating the success of our strong partnership with Audubon Nature Institute, working together to preserve this species for future generations. We are happy to be able to return this animal to the wild in its natural environment today.”
 
LDWF leads the response for sea turtles and marine mammal strandings, and Audubon Nature Institute works closely with the department as a response partner to collect data about existing populations of animals along Louisiana’s coast and waterways and to assist and support researchers in the conservation of marine species.
 
“This is one of the latest in a series of successful stranding network rescues across the country,” said
Audubon Nature Institute President and CEO Ron Forman.

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums
facilities make up roughly 25 percent of non-governmental response partners.  According to NOAA, “Over the last decade, 7,979 marine mammal standings have been reported in the Southeast region with an average of 798 strandings per year."
 
“This cooperative group of partners has rescued, rehabilitated and released more than 200 sea turtles and marine mammals since 2010,” said Forman. “It is critically important that we all work together to save animals in the wild.”
 
“We are particularly grateful to the public who continually assist us with our recovery efforts by reporting these strandings to our department,” said Melancon. “Robert Shannon, the individual who first discovered the dolphin lying beached on its side, likely saved this animal's life.”
 
The public can contact LDWF’s stranding hotline at (337) 962-7092 or Audubon Coastal Wildlife at (504) 235-3005 if they encounter an injured or stranded (live or dead) marine mammal or sea turtle or report strandings through NOAA's Dolphin & Whale 911 app for your smartphone (
http://1.usa.gov/1b1kqfv).

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Audubon Nature Institute
Audubon Nature Institute operates a family of museums, parks and research facilities dedicated to celebrating the wonders of nature. Through innovative live animal exhibits, education programs, and scientific discovery, Audubon makes a meaningful contribution to preserving wildlife for the future. Audubon Nature Institute flagships include Audubon Park, Audubon Zoo, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, Entergy Giant Screen Theater, Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, Audubon Louisiana Nature Center, Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Special Survival Center, Woldenberg Riverfront Park and Audubon Wilderness Park. Ron Forman is President and CEO of Audubon Nature Institute.

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Leo's Story

In 2014, LBWF stepped in to help a fellow rescue, as it closed its doors.  Leo was one of the 9 lucky dogs LBWF took on as our own. He had developed allergies from his past life - his beautiful fawn colored fur was in rough shape and it took months to soothe and heal. He benefited from a grain free diet, coconut oil, apple cider vinegar and the product, Nzymes. After a year of struggling with his skin issues, we found this to be the magic cure for him, and so many rescued dogs we have here at LBWF that suffer from skin issues due to our dry weather.

Leo was adopted as a cute, fat puppy. He was well loved until his owner left for college! Story sound all too familiar nowadays? Unfortunately the student's parents didn't want the responsibility of this now, very large dog, so they gave Leo away. He mysteriously was found in a field and taken in by a loving family who had taken to caring for all dogs dumped in that particular field. The economy crashed, leaving this kindhearted family with no money to feed the family and pets. Leo, now severely underweight, found a safe haven with a loving rescue. 

Two years ago, they too fell on hard times and had to close their doors. This is becoming all too common in rescue, as the weight of the expenses of caring for all these left behind pets become unbearable.

LBWF stepped in to help Leo and 9 of his canine friends and 10 cats!  We discovered Leo loved to pass the time playing with his ropes and toys, hoping you might notice his joy, and watch him as he shook it side to side and bounced his hippo body around! He was a great walking companion, but still he scared everyone, with his large hippo body! 

We are so excited to announce that this gentle giant has FINALLY found his own forever, loving home! He deserves it. They all do.

Your support & donations to the LBWF rescued dogs allowed Leo, and all the 100 rescued dogs of LBWF, to live and thrive! Now it is his adoption day, April 2016! He has a 3 month old, TINY little Chihuahua sister named Miss Kitty, whom he loves to give kisses too!! We love you Leo! Thank you Grace, Sam and Miss Kitty for bringing Leo into your loving home and giving him the love he as begged for all these years.

Leo is a dog that proves what makes this work so incredible - never give up on them and their loyalty and ability to believe in humans, no matter how many times humans let them down!

Welcome to the world of rescue, we do it for the magical, magnificent friends, called animals. It is us humans, which are lucky to have them in our lives! I call them angels on earth, and feel privileged to serve them in their time of need! We must change laws to better protect them! We must continue to work towards mandatory spay/neuter, harsher penalties for animal cruelty, the end of backyard chaining, breed ban discrimination, and better quality of life for our fur friends.

Your donations go directly to the care of our rescued animals in need. We don't have the overheard the big groups have. We are 100% volunteer run which ensures your funds provide direct medical care, shelter, bedding, toys, grooming, cookies, etc to the 100 rescued dogs at the LBWF Wellness Center.


Your donations also assist us in educating the public on the aforementioned animal welfare topics and ensure we can continue fighting for Leo and all his fur friends we love so dearly.

Thank you for joining the LBWF Family and helping on this journey!

With great love and gratitude,

Linda  






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