Mission Accomplished!

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 morganal@nmdr.org 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 kristind@nmdr.org to submit a silent auction donation.


The only thing that is certain on rescue is that things will change. There’s a tremendous amount of communication that goes into coordinating a rescue and the bigger the rescue, the more work there is up front to put it all together. Invariably, things will change. Breeders will add dogs, a dog may be so sick that we have to seek out emergency veterinary care, weather conditions may slow us down. We are a flexible team whose main goal is to return safely with our precious cargo.

Once we got back and had time crunch the numbers on this mission, we found there were even more miles traveled and two more dogs rescued. Here are the updated statistics: Three vehicles traveled nearly 6,000 miles combined, picking up 107 dogs from 17 different locations across 5 states and returned to our kennel in just under 56 hours.

I’ve been doing this about once a month for over 11 years so for me, it just seems like business as usual. However, people’s reaction to our work reminds me that it’s anything but usual. We travel long distances in short amounts of time, typically don’t eat very well, we are peed on, pooped on, occasionally bitten, we correct each other when necessary and we get very little sleep. But, nowhere on this earth will you find people who are closer and nowhere on this earth will you find people who are more driven to accomplish their mission.

We are dog lovers to the core. The dogs are our driving force, they are what keep us moving down the road. No matter how tired, how hungry or how stinky we may be, we have one goal in mind when we are on rescue and that’s to ensure that every dog on our lists winds up in our trucks. No matter their age, condition, disability, breed, temperament – no one is left behind, ever.

Returning to our kennel is the greatest feeling in the world. Dozens of staff and volunteers are there waiting to offload the dogs into their loving arms and get them tucked in safe and warm in our kennel facility. Dogs once held captive by this shameful industry are now on their journey to a whole new life, the life that was always meant to be for them. Simply stated, there is no greater reward. I often say that right behind the dogs we rescue, I am the most fortunate one of all!

Click HERE to watch the entire video of us offloading the dogs we rescued during this mission.

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