Spring Naturals, makers of premium dinners and treats for dogs, is excited to announce their first Spring Into Action Grand Prize Winner! Following a 12-month campaign search for the nation’s most devoted animal advocates, Theresa Strader and her animal rescue organization, National Mill Dog Rescue (NMDR) will receive $2,000 worth of Spring Naturals dinners and treats for dogs, plus a $500 monetary donation in honor of her dedication to animal welfare.
Here’s her story that captured over 3,000 votes and helped Strader win the Spring Into Action Grand Prize: It started with a one-sentence email that Strader received. “50 Italian Greyhounds in Need.” A ‘puppy mill’ was going out of business and one of the dogs was a seven-year-old named Lily. The moment Strader and Lily’s eyes met through the wire cage, she promised Lily to not only save her but to put an end to the cruel commercial dog breeding industry. In honor of Lily, Strader established NMDR in 2007 to give a voice to mill dogs across the country. At her 160-acre facility, Strader and a team of over 1,400 volunteers, plus a small paid veterinary staff, care for all the dogs that walk through their doors. Since its start, NMDR has rescued, rehabilitated and re-homed over 7,000 dogs and is continuing to grow.
Strader went head-to-head with 11 other equally touching stories garnering around 6,500 total votes overall on the Spring Naturals Facebook page, helping animal rescues across the nation as well as recognizing the community heroes within them.
Update: Unfortunately, with the recent Black Forest fire affecting the Colorado Springs area, Theresa Strader and her family’s home is one of 100 homes that have been destroyed so far. The Strader home was the original home of NMDR. To help give back to Strader, supporters have set up a fund to collect donations so the family can get back on their feet and continue to help others. Spring Naturals has made donation and encourage others to check out the fundraising site to help support this community hero.