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Theresa Strader, Director of National Mill Dog Rescue, Honored at North Shore Animal League America’s 9th Annual Lewyt Humane Awards

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July 16, 2010, Port Washington, NY – Theresa Strader, director of National Mill Dog Rescue was honored with the Alex Lewyt Award for Mill Dog Rescue, at the 9th Annual Lewyt Humane Awards Luncheon at the Garden City Hotel, in Garden City, NY, last month. The event was hosted by Emmy Award-winning writer/producer and stand-up comedian, Carol Leifer.

The Alex Lewyt Award for Mill Dog Rescue recognizes life-saving efforts on behalf of helpless animals that are forced to live their entire lives within the confines of overcrowded cages in puppy mills. Theresa Strader founded the National Mill Dog Rescue (NMDR), and has successfully liberated and saved the lives of nearly 3,500 abused dogs and puppies (shown here with her husband Richard).

Saying she was proud and honored to accept the award, and grateful for the help she receives from North Shore Animal League America, Strader recounted the day that changed her life. She’d received an email asking for help to save 50 Italian Greyhounds from a puppy mill breeder. After rescuing those animals, many of which were horrifically abused, she knew she would dedicate her life to saving puppy mill animals. “This has got to stop; it’s been hidden for so long. I’ve always said that the puppies in a pet store are their parents’ worst enemy. They’re so cute; and people, even if in the back of their mind think they really shouldn’t do this, they do it anyway. Every time someone buys a puppy from a pet store, they support their parents living in a virtual horror.”

The Lewyt Humane Awards Luncheon was attended by over 250 guests and is named in honor of Animal League founders Alex and Elisabeth Lewyt. The event benefits the organization’s mission to rescue, nurture and adopt more than 18,000 homeless animals annually. To see highlights from the 2010 Lewyt Humane Awards Luncheon, or to support the mission of North Shore Animal League America, visit

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