Volunteer Appreciation Week – Thank You from Theresa Strader

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Dear NMDR Volunteers,

I wanted to take a few moments during this Volunteer Appreciation Week to share some thoughts and thanks with you.

I know you’ve heard this from me many times before and I will say it again and again because it is the truth behind the many achievements of National Mill Dog Rescue. You, our volunteers, are the sole reason for our success. I receive far more than my share of accolades for the organization that NMDR is today. The truth is, without you, there would be no National Mill Dog Rescue, no 10,000 dogs saved, no sparkling clean kennel facility, no immaculate care of our precious guests. And I want all of you to know that I share this truth very regularly with people who admire our successes and wonder how we’ve accomplished all that we have in such a short period of time.

In every way, the thanks belongs to each of you who have given of yourselves in so many ways; your time so willingly, your backs so readily, your homes so openly, your funds so generously and, above all, your love so unconditionally. Time and time again, you look past the imperfections in many of our dogs and delight in the very smallest traces of progress. You have cried alongside me at the condition of so many of our babies and have bitten your own tongues so that we could keep our mission alive. You courageously extend your hands to our most fearful dogs, knowing this is what it takes for them to one day trust the touch of the hands they were once so afraid of. You work tirelessly with a devotion that is, in every way, second to none. It is your hearts and your dedication that is the formula for our success. I implore you this week to take extra pride in yourselves and all that we have accomplished together. You are truly a force to be reckoned with!

None of this escapes me and the truth is, it’s me who is in awe of you, as well I should be, because for me there would be no fulfilling of my dream without you. Thank you all so much!

With all my love and gratitude,

National Mill Dog Rescue Volunteer Picnic 2014

National Mill Dog Rescue Volunteer Picnic 2014

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