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Colo. dog rescue founder loses home in wildfire; keeps helping dogs

Colo. dog rescue founder loses home in wildfire; keeps helping dogs


The founder of National Mill Dog Rescue in Colorado lost her home in a wildfire.

by SUSAN WYATT / The Pet Dish


Posted on June 13, 2013 at 2:12 PM

Updated Friday, Dec 13 at 4:55 PM

The founder of a group what works to rescue puppy mill dogs lost her home in the Colorado wildfires.

Theresa Strader is founder of National Mill Dog Rescue. Strader has rescued more than 7,000 dogs over the years.

Her home was destroyed by the Black Forest fire near Colorado Springs.

Strader told KRDO news that she was able to save some items before evacuating, but not everything.

Even as she and her family deal with the loss of their home, they continue to help animals in need, taking in those that have been displaced by the fires that continue to burn.

One of the dogs saved by NMDR, "Teddy," who has his own Facebook page reports that he and his family were evacuated from their home because of the wildfires.

On Wednesday he said his home is safe, "BUT, my hero, Theresa Strader, the founder of National Mill Dog Rescue, has lost her home, and this was where NMDR started. I am so very sad for her right now, but also glad she and her family and her dogs are all safe. Please hug your loved ones tonight. Remember, Life is Good!"

Friends and supporters of the Strader family and NMDR are collecting donations to help the family. 

Help the Strader Family:

Black Forest Fire Lost & Found Pets:

Other ways you can help:

Black Forest Fire FB page: