Citation Explanation

 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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