About Us


National Mill Dog Rescue was established in February 2007, in honor of a forgiving little Italian Greyhound named Lily. Theresa Strader, NMDR’s Founder and Executive Director, rescued Lily from a dog auction in Missouri. Prior to that day, Lily had spent the first seven years of her life as a commercial breeding dog, a puppy mill mom. Determined that her years of living in misery would not be in vain, Strader started NMDR, giving a voice to mill dogs across the country.

Adopting A Friend

Adoption Process:

Adopting a retired mill dog can be a challenging experience. These dogs have had very little human contact and may take quite a bit of time adjusting to life as a "real" dog. Therefore, we consider each adoption a trial and never want an adoptive home to feel like they're stuck with a dog if there are problems. One thing that mill dogs need more than anything else is time. Barring any major problems, we ask that adopters give the dog a reasonable amount of time to adjust to its new home. Most of our dogs do remarkably well and bring lots of joy and a great sense of satisfaction to their new owners.

Persons interested in adopting one of our dogs must complete the Adoption Application on our website.  Those who meet our requirements and who appear to be a good match for a dog will be interviewed by a NMDR home study volunteer. The next step would be to have a home check with all members of the family present. You will then be able to meet the dogs that are available.  Adopting families will then sign a contract.  We do not place dogs in homes that we believe will not work out, so please respect our decision.

Requirements for Adopting:

  We do require fenced yards in most cases. (It may be possible for an adult or senior dog to work out fine in a townhouse or condo environment, that have small enclosures/patio's).   We will occasionally adopt to apartments dwellers but only on a case by case basis. Puppies will not go to homes where they will be left alone for many hours. Most of our dogs have lived in small cages all their lives and we would prefer for other methods other than crating be arranged for when the dog is home alone.

  All NMDR dogs will be primarily inside dogs - no dogs will live outside.

  No NMDR dog will be kept on a chain.

  All NMDR dogs will be provided with adequate fresh food and water, clean, dry shelter when outside, and daily exercise.

  All NMDR dogs will be provided with a safe collar with ID tags to be worn at all times.

  All adoptive families will obey all applicable laws governing control and custody of animals.

  All adoptive families will provide all medical care and treatment needed by the dog including but not limited to: yearly medical checkups and vaccines, and preventative heartworm medication.

  All NMDR dogs will be adopted only as a personal companion and not as a gift working animal or guard dog.

• All NMDR dogs will be returned to NMDR should it be necessary to find another home for the dog.  NO dog will be given away for any reason.

  NMDR assumes no responsibility nor shall they be held liable for any damages caused by the adopted animal to property, person or other pets.  If any medical problems occur after adoption, NMDR is not liable for any medical bills.

  If you have other pets, they must be spayed/neutered if you adopt from us.  Your other pets must be up to date on all vet care (shots and preventatives).

  If you are unsure as to whether you can commit to a dog for the rest of its life (regardless of whether you move, change jobs, or get divorced) then please rethink your decision to adopt a dog.  Adoption is for the rest of the dog’s life and our rescued dogs have already had enough turmoil in their lives.

Adoption Fees:

$300 for puppies up to 6 months old

$250 for 6 months old to 8 years old

$150 for dogs older than 8 years old

Our expenses preparing our dogs for adoption are much greater than our fees cover.  Donations above the adoption fees will help us continue our efforts to rescue dogs.

Who We Are

Our 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. 

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