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NMDR Wine & Wags Masquerade Gala

WHEN: Saturday, September 30, 2023
Doors open 5:00 pm for check-in and VIP reception
Event 5:30 pm – 9 pm (VIPs gain early entry at 5 pm)
TICKETS: $150 ($135 early bird through August 10th)
WHERE: Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Colorado Springs
1775 E Cheyenne Mountain Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80906

Get ready for NMDR’s 2023 Gala, Wine & Wags Masquerade, happening at the fabulous DoubleTree by Hilton in Colorado Springs on September 30th! This incredible event gives you the chance to dress up in your most stunning masquerade attire and support your favorite nonprofit. Prepare for a night filled with excitement as we host a VIP reception, silent auction, wine pull, an electrifying live auction, and a delightful doggy parade. And that’s not all – we’ll end the evening with dancing and give you a glimpse into the bright future of NMDR with inspiring words from our founder and Executive Director, Theresa Strader.

Check in at 5pm to mingle with fellow supporters, enjoy a cocktail from the cash bar, and snap pictures of you and your party. Silent Auction opens at 5:45 for general admission, where you can bid on fantastic items. During dinner, you’ll get to hear from members of the NMDR team who will share heartwarming stories of our rescued dogs and their new, loving families. Don’t miss this unforgettable evening!

Sponsorship opportunities are still available! Expose your business to hundreds of enthusiastic consumers in Colorado. Activate your brand through signage, shoutouts on social media, and more. Secure your spot now and grab the attention your business deserves! Contact for more information, or click the ticketing link to conveniently sign up online.

Plus, don’t miss the chance to make a meaningful impact by donating to our silent auction. We’re accepting items valued at $25 or more. Whether it’s experiences, gift certificates, or gift baskets, we welcome it all! Please email to submit a silent auction donation.

 A Message to our Donors and Friends,


National Mill Dog Rescue was cited in July by Colorado state inspectors for violations in our practices during a 13-month period from November 2017 through January 2019.


As founder and executive director, I assure you that necessary corrections and procedural changes have been made. Together with staff, volunteers and our Board of Directors, I remain fully committed to working closely with all Federal and state regulating authorities to ensure we continue to be in compliance with all laws, statutes and regulations.


Let me assure you that neither the citation nor the resulting media attention caused us to waver in our mission of rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming discarded breeding dogs. We are proud of our history of near flawless USDA and Colorado Pet Animal Care Facilities Act inspection results and the exemplary care we have provided for more than 14,400 dogs over the past 12 years.


For those of you who aren’t aware, we have an 11,000 sq. ft. kennel, a 6,000 sq. ft. medical/rehabilitation facility and a vibrant foster program that when combined allow us to lovingly and meticulously care for on average 130 large and small dogs.  We have 33 full- and part-time staff, the majority of whom are direct caregivers (veterinary staff and kennel cleaners), and 700 volunteers, without whom we could not operate on the scale that we do. 


While we might have taken issue with some of the findings, and especially with the resulting media attention, our leadership team chose not to spend valuable time away from our mission. Instead, we stand ready to respond to you, our donors and friends, with honest and open answers to any questions you may have. Feel free to contact me directly at 719-322-4979 or or Chuck Arnold, our chief operating officer at 719-459-3696 or


Please be assured that while we are always striving to learn and grow, we have always remained committed to our mission to compassionately rescue, rehabilitate and rehome our special population of dogs with the highest level of care and commitment to each of them. With your continued encouragement and support, we will be here for them until the very last day we are needed.   It is about the dogs…always has been…always will be.


Thank you for your understanding and support.

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