Every year puppy mills continue to grow and thrive. In fact, 99% of puppies in pet stores come from puppy mills. These dogs exist solely for the purpose of making money. They aren’t man’s best friend, but rather man’s best money maker.
They receive little to no medical attention and they’re usually not socialized with people. In fact, many aren’t even aware that these dogs are so poorly taken care of, that they are often diseased and end up costing their new owner hundreds (if not thousands) in medical bills down the road.
Once a dog gets into heat, puppy mills will take the dogs and breed them until they can't breed anymore. Once their fertilization days are over, they are often sent to be killed.
While this story seems dark, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. The National Mill Rescue started adopting these death destined pups, gave them healthcare, and starting placing them with warm, welcoming families.
The rescue (which I can proudly say is located in the beautiful state of Colorado), is truly a white knight. The company’s sole purpose is to “To rescue, rehabilitate and re-home discarded breeding dogs and to educate the general public about the cruel realities of the commercial dog breeding industry.”
This amazing company takes in the unwanted purebred dogs that would otherwise be retired to death. The stories of these dogs and what they went through is really heartbreaking (I even cried as I read some of the dog's biographies). These dogs have seen dark days, but the rescue saves them from an otherwise gloomy fate.
They’ve been saving dogs since 2007 when Theresa Strader, the company’s founder, traveled 700+ miles to Missouri to a dog auction. The auction was filled with retired mill dogs, and one in particular struck her eye. Lily, a worn-out purebred, looked at Strader from the cage with a gaze on her face that just cried for help. She rescued Lily, but after her death 15 months later, Strader vowed to help every dog she could.
As a result of her vow, the National Mill Dog Rescue was born. Strader starting housing dogs in her basement, but quickly grew the company into an 11,000 square foot facility. She started off by saving 13 dogs from auctions in Missouri, but now the non-profit company rescues 150-200 dogs a day!
They have over 500 volunteers and they have partnerships with organizations in 6 other states. They’ve received contributions and donations, but money is still tight. They have grown so much in the last 4 years that they are relying on volunteerism. They couldn’t save as many dogs as they do without the help of generous community members.
With everyone pulling together, they are able to give these dogs a happy and healthy life. To date, they have rescued 5,121 dogs and counting. This deserves a pat on the back and honorary recognition, if you ask me. This company continues to rescue our furry friends and for that, we at BaxterBoo salute their admirable acts.
Way to go, National Mill Rescue!
Find out how you can adopt one of these purebred beauties. Click to find out what pets are available for adoption. If you want to help without actually adopting a furball, you can skip the dollar menu at McDonalds, and donate just $1 to the rescue or you can volunteer.
The picture above is Miss Lorna Doone. She is available for adoption today!