National Mill Dog Rescue (COLORADO) is the leading organization in the country devoted exclusively to rescuing puppy mill survivors. From 2007 through 2015, we have saved 10,468 dogs from “dog factories” primarily in Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Missouri.

We generally rescue breeding dogs that are either too old or too sick to continue producing litters-but also take other dogs that are about to be discarded, including puppies that are over the age desired by pet stores. Most of these dogs have years of life ahead of them. They would otherwise be sold for pennies at dog auctions or destroyed; and, indeed, across the country, thousands suffer these fates; but we rescue as many as we can and use our mission as an educational tool, adding our voice to those of leading national animal welfare groups that campaign vigorously against this industry.

Our rescue and rehabilitative care, adoption services and education programs are successful beyond anything imagined seven years ago. This is because so many talented people have responded to our mission and offered their services free-of-charge. We have only a few paid employees; the bulk of our work, from hands-on rescue to community awareness, is performed by as many as 500 individuals donating their time

The education portion of our mission was greatly enhanced in 2015 when NMDR-rescued dog Harley won the nation’s top title of American Hero Dog, awarded by the American Humane Association at nationally televised ceremonies in September. Wide publicity surrounding Harley’s award helped shine a light on the cruel realities of the commercial dog-breeding industry.

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How the Money Will Be Used

In 2016, the TSF Grant Accelerator Award was for $12,000.

In 2015, the TSF Grant Accelerator Award of $12,500 will be used for direct financial support of our core mission – to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome discarded breeding dogs use in the puppy mill system. We are pleased to align with the Foundation to educate the general public about the cruel realities of the commercial dog breeding industry. From 2007 to 2015, National Mill Dog Rescue has saved 10,124 dogs and counting.

In 2014, the TSF Grant Accelerator Award of $10,000 was used towards the medical and daily care costs.