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Mill Dog Rescue Network (Colorado Springs) Reviews


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Pet Retention 1 average
1 posted by ShirleySlick, on 2013-04-27 21:25:57
NMDR has written into its latest adoption contract that they can come to your home at any time in the future and if they are unhappy in any way, they may take the dog back. Unless one is a member of the NMDR fan club, people need to be concerned about sharing a problem they are having with their dog. NMDR cannot be trusted to not exercise this clause. They are a partner group to North Shore Animal Rescue League, and according to things I have been informed about, NS has taken dogs back for reasons like someone moves to an apartment (the dog was originally not OK'd for apartment living). This clause has no place in a dog adoption contract. We don't even do this with human adoption. If there is a problem, there is a different system set up to deal with it. NO PERSON WORKING AT AN ANIMAL RESCUE HAS THE RIGHT TO COME TAKE YOUR PET IN THE FUTURE!!!!! NMDR is all about Theresa Strader and her reputation and the kennel's reputation. If anyone has a concern or negative feeling to express, they get locked out from communicating with NMDR in any way. NMDR would rather threaten to sue people to shut them up than to simply talk to work out a problem. NMDR is a place to turn for help IF: (1) it will get NMDR or Theresa Strader in the newspaper for a photo op, or, (2) the person is in the fan club. (Fan club members are Theresa Strader groupies or donors. The more you donate, the more attention you get.)
Comprehensive Adoption Programs 1 average
1 posted by ShirleySlick, on 2013-04-27 21:12:05
NMDR does a decent job of promoting their dogs on their own website, on FB, and some pet adoptions sites. They do hold adoption events, but you will notice a pattern to the location of their events that includes more desirable zip codes. However,--AND THIS IS A BIG PROBLEM--NMDR has a real problem with honesty and ethics when it comes to actually adopting dogs out. They are very possessive of their dogs and too many fosters are allowed to just deny people from questionable reasons. NMDR is equally guilty. I have been contacted by several former high-up volunteers who have shared horror stories with me about some people not getting to adopt dogs they had been approved for. I was one of those people, but I would not even mention this if it hadn't happened to so many others. NMDR is very much a "good old buddy" system and adoption is more about WHO you know that what kind of dog person you are. This organization has, for the most part, wonderful volunteers. However, the director has some serious issues and her "groupies" do whatever she says. The volunteers who refuse to follow her blindly either get FIRED--yes, she fires volunteers who don't agree with her every word, or they leave in disgust and go to a better rescue. I DO KNOW ALL OF THIS FOR A FACT!!!!
Foster Care 3 average
3 posted by ShirleySlick, on 2013-04-27 20:59:56
National Mill Dog Rescue has a very effective fostering program for their own dogs. I do not believe, unless they have changed policy recently--that they, as an organization, encourage their foster people to help out any local shelters. Some fosters may do that, but not because of NMDR.
Rescue Groups 1 average
1 posted by ShirleySlick, on 2013-04-27 20:57:27
This group does not even attempt to rescue dogs from local shelters. They will drive hundreds, even thousands, of miles to "rescue" dogs from puppy mills--while never releasing the location/contact information of the puppy mill, but they will NOT drive 50 miles to rescue a dog in a shelter close by. Single dogs do not matter to them. The "correct" size and breed of dog matters to them and they know which puppy mills will provide what they want. When a group "rescues" from the same puppy mill time and again, they have switched from rescue to customer. When a group refuses to release location /contact information that really would aid in closing down a puppy mill, they have become no better than pet stores who protect their sources. National Mill Dog Rescue--their real name--will take some of their dogs to the local shelter, but, to my knowledge, they do not take dogs FROM the shelter to help find homes.
High-Volume, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter 1 average
1 posted by ShirleySlick, on 2013-04-27 20:49:19
This group only spays or neuters the animals they bring in from puppy mills. They have no program to do any more, even though they are now a big enough group with enough volunteers, resources, and access to the necessary people that they could and should start such a program. They will argue that this is not part of their mission statement. I would suggest their mission statement should be adjusted. They are not accomplishing their mission statement. It needs to change!
Feral Cat TNR Program 1 average
1 posted by ShirleySlick, on 2013-04-27 20:45:14
This does not apply for this organization.
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1. Feral Cat TNR Program

Many communities are embracing Trap, Neuter, Release programs (TNR) to improve animal welfare, reduce death rates, and meet obligations to public welfare.


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2. High-Volume, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter

Low cost, high volume spay/neuter will quickly lead to fewer animals entering the shelter system, allowing more resources to be allocated toward saving lives.


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3. Rescue Groups

An adoption or transfer to a rescue group frees up scarce cage and kennel space, reduces expenses for feeding, cleaning, killing, and improves a community's rate of lifesaving. In an environment of millions of dogs and cats killed in shelters annually, rare is the circumstance in which a rescue group should be denied an animal.


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4. Foster Care

Volunteer foster care is crucial to No Kill. Without it, saving lives is compromised. It is a low cost, and often no cost, way of increasing a shelter's capacity, improving public relations, increasing a shelter's public image, rehabilitating sick and injured or behaviorally challenged animals, and saving lives.


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5. Comprehensive Adoption Programs

Adoptions are vital to an agency's lifesaving mission. The quantity and quality of shelter adoptions is in shelter management's hands, making lifesaving a direct function of shelter policies and practice. In fact, studies show people get their animals from shelters only 20% of the time. If shelters better promoted their animals and had adoption programs responsive to the needs of the community, including public access hours for working people, offsite adoptions, adoption incentives, and effective marketing, they could increase the number of homes available and replace killing with adoptions. Contrary to conventional wisdom, shelters can adopt their way out of killing.


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6. Pet Retention

While some of the reasons animals are surrendered to shelters are unavoidable, others can be prevented-but only if shelters are willing to work with people to help them solve their problems. Saving animals requires communities to develop innovative strategies for keeping people and their companion animals together. And the more a community sees its shelters as a place to turn for advice and assistance, the easier this job will be.


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7. Medical and Behavior Programs

In order to meet its commitment to a lifesaving guarantee for all savable animals, shelters need to keep animals happy and healthy and keep animals moving through the system. To do this, shelters must put in place comprehensive vaccination, handling, cleaning, socialization, and care policies before animals get sick and rehabilitative efforts for those who come in sick, injured, unweaned, or traumatized.


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8. Public Relations/Community Involvement

Increasing adoptions, maximizing donations, recruiting volunteers and partnering with community agencies comes down to one thing: increasing the shelter's exposure. And that means consistent marketing and public relations. Public relations and marketing are the foundation of all a shelter's activities and their success. To do all these things well, the shelter must be in the public eye.


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9. Volunteers

Volunteers are a dedicated "army of compassion" and the backbone of a successful No Kill effort. There is never enough staff, never enough dollars to hire more staff, and always more needs than paid human resources. That is where volunteers come in and make the difference between success and failure and, for the animals, life and death.


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10. Proactive Redemptions

One of the most overlooked areas for reducing killing in animal control shelters are lost animal reclaims. Sadly, besides having pet owners fill out a lost pet report, very little effort is made in this area of shelter operations. This is unfortunate because doing so-primarily shifting from passive to a more proactive approach-has proven to have a significant impact on lifesaving and allow shelters to return a large percentage of lost animals to their families.


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11. A Compassionate Director

The final element of the No Kill equation is the most important of all, without which all other elements are thwarted-a hard working, compassionate animal control or shelter director not content to regurgitate tired cliches or hide behind the myth of "too many animals, not enough homes." Unfortunately, this one is also oftentimes the hardest one to demand and find.


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