Skip to content

National Mill Dog Rescue: Dogly Do Good Grant Report

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

Funds were used to defray veterinary medical expenses for Wren, a 10-year-old puppy-mill survivor we rescued in February. Her expenses far exceeded the amount of the grant, but we are so very grateful to have received the $500 toward her care. See below for details.

Because of the poor health that puppy-mill dogs have to endure, and because of our commitment to give them all of the treatment they need to be restored to health, our expenses for outside veterinary care run about $9,000 every month. This is in addition to the average $240 per dog for standard care in our in-house clinic.

See below story about Wren. She is just one of nearly 10,000 dogs we have rescued in our eight-year history. It is our goal to save as many as we can and to educate the public about the sad realities of the commercial dog-breeding industry.

How many pets did this grant help?


Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Wren, a 10-year-old former breeding dog in a Midwest puppy mill, was in sad shape when we rescued her earlier this year. She had a luxating jaw and an old fracture on the right side of her little face where some of the bone was missing. As a result, her pink tongue slides out of the side of her mouth — now very cute, but not so cute before! She had mammary masses, which are common in puppy-mill dogs who have been repeatedly bred for years on end and never received veterinary care, She had untreated infections, which left her ears swollen and painful.

Wren had jaw surgery, spay surgery, mammary-tumor surgery, plus the standard vaccinations, deworming, microchipping, and a ton of TLC from dozens of volunteers, who have comforted her and loved her every single day since she arrived at our Peyton kennel on Feb. 4, 2015.

Wren was part of our Hundred Hearts rescue — the largest in our eight-year history — which brought 100 dogs from mills in Kansas, Missouri and Arkansas home to freedom.

Wren has recovered well from all of the trauma in her past life. She is ready and willing to meet her lifelong family and become a treasured family pet. Meet Wren:

Further Reading