National Mill Dog Rescue rescues, rehabilitates and re-homes retired
commercial breeding dogs from puppy mills. NMDR gives these dogs a new
beginning and a final chance to find happiness and comfort in a loving
ABOUT NATIONAL MILL DOG RESCUE:
Mill Dog Rescue was established in February 2007, in honor of a
forgiving little Italian Greyhound named Lily. Theresa Strader, NMDR’s
Founder and Executive Director, rescued Lily from a dog auction in
Missouri. Prior to that day, 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.
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
By seven years of age, Lily was worn out.
Commonplace in the industry, she had received little to no veterinary
care throughout her life, the result of which, for her, was terribly
disturbing. Due to years of no dental care, poor quality food, rabbit
bottle watering and no appropriate chew toys, the roof of Lily’s mouth
and lower jaw, had rotted away. Her chest was riddled with mammary
tumors and she was absolutely terrified of people.
brought Lily and twelve others home from the auction and declares that
even for a highly seasoned rescuer, the following months were the
education of a lifetime in rehabilitation. That she would take up the
cause for the mill dogs was never in question and National Mill Dog
Rescue was promptly underway. In five short years, NMDR has amassed over
1,300 volunteers and has rescued over 8,000 puppy mill survivors.
Run almost solely by volunteers, NMDR has pledged to put an end to the
cruelty of the puppy mill industry. Through widespread informative
efforts, NMDR hopes to educate the public to acquire their companion
animals through reputable breeders or better yet, from shelters and
rescue groups across the country.
After her rescue, Lily spent
the remainder of her life as a beloved member of the Strader family
where she received medical care, warmth and companionship. In time, Lily
found courage and her disfigured little body educated countless people
about the horrors of the puppy mill industry. Lily died peacefully in
the arms of her loving family in May 2008, fifteen months after she was