To our valued friends and supporters, we want to assure you that we have been closely monitoring the status of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Until further notice, we have added visitor restrictions and policies to help keep everyone safe.

Our hours are still 12-4, and we are continuing by appointment only for all visitors.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with National Mill Dog Rescue.

Due to Covid-19 precautions, and to help keep everyone safe, our volunteer program and new volunteer orientation classes have been temporarily suspended. We hope to resume this program and orientation classes in August. Please check back here for current updates!

Masks must be worn at all times in the kennel; and social distancing protocols must be maintained at all times, for everyone’s safety.

Adoptions continue to be by appointment only.

Tours of less than 6 people can be arranged by appointment only.

We can now accept drop-off donations by appointment only (food, supplies, equipment).  We appreciate your generosity!

If you would like to support our mission, please click the Donate button on our website.

Any person checking in will be asked if they have a fever, cold symptoms (cough, sore throat, runny nose, shortness of breath), or Flu symptoms.

Employees, volunteers, and adopters are required to stay home if they are in the at-risk categories outlined by the CDC, including if they have recently traveled, have been exposed to someone with symptoms of COVID-19, have visited the ER, or are experiencing flu-like symptoms.

We are fortunate enough to be surrounded by an amazing community, both local and online. We have received tremendous support since the Coronavirus outbreak began, and we so thoroughly appreciate your love and encouragement. 

Along with the support, we’ve received a great deal of interest in the temporary fostering of our dogs. Our foster program is heavily regulated by state restrictions and requirements. Our dogs are also very unique and have specific needs. Because of this, at this time, we are not seeking temporary fosters. If you are looking to help a dog in need during the Coronavirus outbreak, please consider applying to foster through the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region or one of the many small, owner surrender shelters in our community.

Please check back here and see up-to-date information on our Facebook page as policies may change.

Thank you for your patience and continued support as we navigate and adjust to help keep everyone safe and healthy.


About Lily

National 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, Theresa 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. She was never 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. National Mill Dog Rescue was promptly underway. 

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. Theresa brought Lily and 12 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 the vision for National Mill Dog Rescue was born.

About Us

National Mill Dog Rescue pledged to put an end to the cruelty of the commercial dog breeding industry, more commonly known as puppy mills. Through rescue and education, NMDR continues in its life-saving work while enlightening the public about the truth of pet store puppies. NMDR has taken a national approach to their efforts and they have rescued and placed more than 13,000 mill dogs since their inception in 2007. These dogs are now living as cherished family members across the United States.

The Giving Tree

Your special message will be engraved on a leaf on the Giving Tree in the lobby of The Timothy Center.  Click HERE for more information!

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