Black Forest fire destroys home of puppy mill rescuers

The Black Forest fire has destroyed the home of a Colorado family that founded an organization responsible for rescuing over 7,700 dogs from horrid conditions in puppy mills over the past six years. Theresa and Rich Strader, their two daughters and all of their dogs were able to evacuate in time and are now staying in a trailer at the kennels that serve as a headquarters to the National Mill Dog Rescue that they founded. The animal rescue community is now stepping up to help.

The Black Forest Fire has destroyed over 360 homes in Colorado, including the homes of the founders of the National Mill Dog Rescue.

The Black Forest Fire has destroyed over 360 homes in Colorado, including the homes of the founders of the National Mill Dog Rescue.

Friends and supporters of the Straders and the National Mill Dog Rescue have started a donation drive to help the family get back on their feet and start over. The Strader's home of 17 years near Coloardo Springs was originally the home of the NMDR, which the family founded after rescuing their late dog Lily from a puppy mill. They've been working non-stop since then to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome dogs rescued from puppy mills.

Strader, a pediatric nurse, has also fostered numerous special needs children over the years and has volunteered time as a nurse at other natural disasters. Donations may be made online through PayPal and donations may also be sent to

Delfino is one of the puppy mill dogs rescued by the National Mill Dog Rescue now looking for a home.

Delfino is one of the puppy mill dogs rescued by the National Mill Dog Rescue now looking for a home.

The Strader Family
c/o National Mill Dog Rescue
PO Box 88468
Colorado Springs, CO 80908

They are also asking for donations of Target Gift Cards. Facebook pages have been set up for Lost & Found Pets, a food bank and updates on the fire. Other ways to help may be found here.

Although the NMDR's headquarters is close to the Black Forest fire, it's been spared and all the dogs are safe at that location. Several volunteers from the organization have also been evacuated.

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