National Mill Dog Rescue is a Colorado Springs based organization that “rescues, rehabilitates, and re-homes discarded commercial breeding dogs from puppy mills.” NMDR says that they rely on “volunteers to care for the dogs, from the moment they are surrendered to the time they are adopted and beyond. They depend on the generosity of the public to provide the high level of care they do for the dogs and to continue to be able to save them.” From the time NMDR formed their organization, up until the present time, they have “rescued over 8,600 puppy mill survivors.”
Every year, millions of puppies are born into horrific conditions and sold to unsuspecting people who purchase their new family member from pet shops or over the Internet. Most of the animals that are bought from these locations come from extremely cruel breeding places known as puppy mills. Puppy mills are mass-breeding facilities that raise puppies for the pet trade with an emphasis on profit over welfare.
Dogs from puppy mills are shipped to pet stores and sold to Internet buyers across the country so that consumers never have a chance to witness the real conditions in which these dogs were born or raised. Puppy mill dogs that are used for breeding are removed from having a chance at any real quality of life and often continually reside in small wire cages with little or no personal attention, exercise, or veterinary care. Many of these breeding dogs and their puppies are injured and sick – but are never awarded any veterinary care. The breeding dogs spend their entire lives pregnant and delivering babies until finally they are too old, or develop medical conditions.
Most puppy mill facilities do not have access to heat in the winter or air conditioning in the summer, as this would be too costly to the mill operator. The dogs are never taken out of their tiny, cramped, and filthy cages, and as a result they often suffer emotional and psychological problems. They are constantly in a state of discomfort, pain, boredom and anxiety. In many cases when the animals become sick or injured the mill operators will often perform surgeries on these animals without a veterinary license. In very rare cases, some of the lucky ones are given to animal rescue groups, but usually the unwanted dogs are shot and killed.
There are millions of dogs being euthanized in shelters and pounds every year because there are simply not enough homes. The safest and most humane way to adopt a dog or a puppy is from a shelter, pound, or rescue group. Do not buy puppies from pet stores, off an Internet website, or a farm, as they are more than likely products of a puppy mill. Purchasing an animal from these places is ultimately contributing to the support of their inhumane practices, methods, and facilities.
Thirty of the dogs recently rescued by National Mill Dog Rescue, were transferred to Arizona Animal Welfare League & APCA, (AAWL & SPCA), the largest and oldest no-kill shelter in Phoenix, Arizona, where they will be cared for and seek out permanent homes. Theresa Strader, founder and executive director of NMDR, had this to say about their recent rescue operation: “With the support of our community, other rescue groups and our volunteers, we were able to save many lives and give these dogs a chance for a life outside of the cage.” The dogs will now receive the veterinary care and socialization they desperately need, until they are ready to be adopted into their ‘forever’ homes.
These rescued dogs had never walked on the ground in their entire lives until this weekend. The rescuers took a video of the dogs’ very first moments when their little feet first touched the earth. NMDR wrote about the footage on Facebook, saying: “[j]ust moments ago our rescue team arrived at Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA with precious cargo on board … 30 of the puppy mill dogs we had rescued this past weekend. We just received this heartwarming video of their very first moments on the ground, experiencing the joy of freedom. They look pretty happy, wouldn’t you agree?”