Local woman honored for her work saving dogs

Posted By elaine on November 9, 2012

Theresa Strader and one of her first mill dogs, Lily. Lily became the poster dog for the National Mill Dog Rescue.

Theresa Strader and one of her first mill dogs, Lily. Lily became the poster dog for the National Mill Dog Rescue.

A local woman has been named a “Hero Among Us” in People Magazine for her work saving dogs.

Theresa Strader, founder of Colorado Springs based National Mill Dog Rescue (NMDR) is being honored in the current issue of the magazine. Theresa hopes the story will spread awareness about the cruel reality of puppy mills.Theresa Strader, People Magazine

Theresa had this to say about being chosen, “I am very proud of this recognition and to be acknowledged amongst the many remarkable people who have received this title in the past, is truly an honor,” Strader said. “As I’ve said many times, National Mill Dog Rescue is the story of a thousand heroes, all of the volunteers who work tirelessly every day to carry out the many responsibilities that keep our mission alive and well and keep our dogs safe and warm. Never could I have imagined where we would come in such a short time and I accept this honor on behalf of our entire organization, all the dogs we’ve rescued and most especially, for all those that are still waiting.”

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Theresa Strader pictured here with one of the NMDR dog she has saved

Strader started the non-profit organization in 2007 after witnessing in person a large-scale puppy mill. She returned home from this life-changing experience with 13 puppy mill survivors, right away knowing that she would devote all of her future rescue efforts to putting an end to this cruelty. Since then she has passionately led her organization to rescue nearly 7,000 dogs from commercial breeding facilities across the country.

Strader has had a lot of help, NMDR relies on over fourteen hundred volunteers to care for the dogs, from the moment they are surrendered to the time they are adopted and beyond.

“We depend on the generosity of the public to provide the high level of care we do for our dogs and to continue to be able to save them,” Strader said.

NMDR also recently won $50,000 in the Chase Community Giving Campaign.

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