Theresa Strader loves saving dogs. The founder of the National Mill Dog Rescue, Strader is a trailblazer in saving dogs from untimely deaths at breeders, giving them a new lease on life, USA Today reports.
Starting the non-profit in her own basement by taking in 13 dogs from a breeder in Missouri, Strader has built a clinic for rehabilitating mill dogs, who often come to her in poor physical health, fearful and resistant to human touch. According to the news source, the National Mill Dog Rescue has saved approximately 5,000 dogs from mills.
Each day, between 150 and 200 dogs, including cocker spaniels, greyhounds, Yorkies, pugs and American Eskimo dogs, all arrive at the Rescue for rehabilitation. They are then prepared to be adopted by hopeful pet owners who want to save animals
According to the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy and Ralston Purina, nearly 10 to 20 percent of cats and dogs are found and adopted at a rescue shelter
. Approximately 15 to 20 percent of dogs are purchased directly from breeders.