Eagle Rare Life Award Nominee


Date Added:
July 2nd, 2013
Eagle Rare Life Award Nominee
Eagle Rare Life Award Nominee
Eagle Rare Life Award Nominee
Eagle Rare Life Award Nominee
Eagle Rare Life Award Nominee

Rescuer Saves 8,000 Dogs From Puppy Mills

In February 2007, Theresa Strader, a nurse, wife, and mother in Colorado Springs and a fan of Italian Greyhounds, received a one-sentence email about Missouri dogs in need of help at an auction in Missouri. Unsure what to expect, she traveled with her daughter to the auction, and when they arrived, saw a female Italian Greyhound sitting up in the back of a cage in a dark barn. The dog was sitting on her back legs, rubbing her stomach with her front paws. She looked Theresa square in the eyes and asked her for help. Theresa knew that she couldn't leave the auction without #251.

‘Lily’ as Theresa named her, was worn out, with a rotted jaw and mammary tumors along her entire left side. She had been used her whole life as a breeding dog in a puppy mill. Lily was born, raised, and perhaps had 13 litters of puppies before being sold to Theresa for $40.

On that day, Theresa Strader single-handedly started National Mill Dog Rescue, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization incorporated in the state of Colorado, whose mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome discarded breeding dogs and to educate the general public about the cruel realities of the commercial dog breeding industry. She started the organization in her home in Black Forest, CO.

Six years later, under Theresa’s inspirational guidance, National Mill Dog Rescue has rescued 8,000 dogs from puppy mills throughout the country. The organization has grown to include many passionate and dedicated volunteers and over 50,000 Facebook fans. NMDR is now based in a facility in Peyton, Colorado. The facility will house approximately 100 dogs at a time and, on average NMDR rescues, rehabilitates, and rehomes about 60 dogs each month. The documentary, “I Breathe” was based on the story of NMDR. It is truly Theresa’s passion that inspires many across the world.

On June 11, 2013 Theresa was forced to quickly evacuate her home with her family, her dogs and a few belongings due to a forest fire. Her home (and the original location of National Mill Dog Rescue) was destroyed in the Black Forest fire that consumed 511 homes. Through all of this and her loss, she continued to remain focused on her mission and was on the road again within weeks, rescuing dogs from puppy mills. Theresa Strader truly lives an Eagle Rare Life.

Lily died in May 13, 2008

To learn more about National Mill Dog Rescue, go to www.milldogrescue.org

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