It is my great pleasure to introduce this month’s recipient of the HeidiTown Gives Back Campaign. For those of you who may be new to this little town, each month I choose a Colorado nonprofit to receive a free ad space and blog post write up here on HeidiTown.com.
There are certain organizations with missions that truly touch my heart and National Mill Dog Rescue is one of those groups. I actually broke down and had a good, long cry while researching and writing this post.
NMDR is a Colorado Springs based nonprofit that rescues, rehabilitates, and re-homes retired commercial breeding dogs from puppy mills. Since 2007, this organization has saved 8000 dogs. This number is astounding, but their work is far, far from over. Puppy mills still operate all over the country and the dogs at these facilities live a life that will sadden and disgust most dog owners. No baths, no beds, no love.
Harley has become a spokesdog for NMDR. He spent the first 10 years of his life in a small, filthy cage at a puppy mill. Most dogs only last only 5-6 years in a mill, but Harley, a tough little Chihuahua made it much longer. His job was to produce cute little puppies to be sold at pet stores across the country.
During his 10 years as a mill dog, Harley received no medical care of any kind resulting in numerous maladies, including the loss of an eye. This eye injury is common in puppy mills as cages are often cleaned using a power washer WITHOUT removing the dogs.
Pint-sized Harley has become a big voice in the fight against puppy mills, and has helped raise more than $50,000 for NMDR. Every single penny has gone towards saving more mill dogs and their medical expenses. NMDR is a no-kill rescue, and dogs that come to them are given whatever medical care necessary.
As a lifelong dog-person it is beyond my ability to understand how anyone can treat animals the way they are treated at puppy mills. Many genuine dog lovers own puppy mill puppies, and that’s why it is so important to educate the public about these terrible mills.
I love that NMDR is making the world a little better for one dog at a time. I hope that you will take a moment and visit them online. I thank the NMDR for their work, and Harley sharing his story with the world.
Follow Harley’s adventures on his Facebook page here.
And PLEASE go an LIKE National Mill Dog Rescue on Facebook.
You can also make a donation TODAY at MillDogRescue.org.