Dozens of dogs who survived the pain and cruelty of being used as breeding dogs in puppy mills are now safe, and waiting for their first loving homes.
Colorado-based organization National Mill Dog Rescue saved 80 dogs from puppy mills across the Midwest, some of whom had been "discarded" after serving as breeders, local outlet KDVR reports. The rescue organization traveled through multiple states in a specially-outfitted van to pick up as many puppy mill survivors as possible.
National Mill Dog Rescue has worked to gain the trust of puppy mills around the country, offering to take in breeding dogs who would otherwise be killed.
"At the end of the day, we want these dogs to have a future," the rescue's founder, Theresa Strader, told The Dodo. "We work with many places that are hell, but we are just as nice to them, because those dogs need us more than anyone."