My name is Sally!

Posted 1 year ago | Updated over 2 months ago

Adoption process

Submit Application




Approve Application


Meet the Pet


Pay Fee


Sign Adoption Contract


Take the Pet Home

Adoption fee: $350

This helps National Mill Dog Rescue with pet care costs.

My basic info

Alaskan Klee Kai
Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg) (when grown)
Pet ID

My details

Checkmark in teal circle Purebred
Checkmark in teal circle Spayed / Neutered

My story

Here's what the humans have to say about me:

Sally is a beautiful, playful three year old Alaskan Klee Kai. She weighs about 40 pounds. Sally absolutely loves to go outside and spend time with her dog friends. She loves splashing around in the kiddie pool in the summer to cool off. Her human friends are working hard to help her be more comfortable around them, too. While she is still not comfortable being touched, she is playful around familiar humans and will get zoomies!

She relies on other dogs for the confidence she has developed and therefore must have a more confident dog in her forever home. She can be a little picky with her dog friends, so her potential adopters will need to bring their dog(s) to her meet and greet to ensure it is a good fit. Sally tends to prefer large, male dogs that don't mind when she gets vocal or asks for her space.

She needs quiet, consistency, and predictability in her future home. As such, she will need to go to a home with no young children. Sally is almost fully leash trained but still requires a 5 foot high fenced yard, as she is a flight risk. Once she is more comfortable with her people, a harness and leash can be used to walk her outside of her yard.

Sally is learning humans bring good things and deserves a wonderful family who will go slowly and let her set the pace. If you are a calm person or family and want to be a hero for a sweet girl who needs a hero, please apply to meet Sally at

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Prior to being rescued, many of our dogs have experienced minimal socialization. As a result, there is often an adjustment period when learning about life as a family pet. We typically do not adopt to homes with young children. Homes with older children will be considered on an individual basis. Common skills such as house training and leash walking will often take a little extra time. Patience, understanding and a gentle hand are a must. The great news is, most of these dogs come around rather quickly and being a part of their rehabilitation is an extremely rewarding experience. Learn about mill dogs and fill out an application at our website:
National Mill Dog Rescue

Contact info

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5335 JD Johnson Rd, Colorado Springs, CO 80931

Their adoption process


Submit Application



We will set up a phone interview with you over email


Approve Application


Meet the Pet

We will help you set up a time where all family members and dogs can come and meet your potential new dog


Pay Fee

Once you've found the right dog, you can take the dog home that day if they are ready to go home.


Sign Adoption Contract


Take the Pet Home

Additional adoption info

Adopting a retired mill dog can be a challenging experience. These dogs have had very little human contact and may take quite a bit of time adjusting to life as a "real" dog. Therefore, we consider each adoption a trial and never want an adoptive home to feel like they're stuck with a dog if there are problems. One thing that mill dogs need more than anything else is time. Barring any major problems, we ask that adopters give the dog a reasonable amount of time to adjust to its new home. Most of our dogs do remarkably well and bring lots of joy and a great sense of satisfaction to their new owners.

Persons interested in adopting one of our dogs must complete the Adoption Application on our website. Those who meet our requirements and who appear to be a good match for a dog will be interviewed by a NMDR home study volunteer. The next step would be to have a home check with all members of the family present. You will then be able to meet the dogs that are available. Adopting families will then sign a contract. We do not place dogs in homes that we believe will not work out, so please respect our decision.

Requirements for Adopting:

• We do require fenced yards in most cases. (It may be possible for an adult or senior dog to work out fine in a townhouse or condo environment, that have small enclosures/patio's). We will occasionally adopt to apartments dwellers but only on a case by case basis. Puppies will not go to homes where they will be left alone for many hours. Most of our dogs have lived in small cages all their lives and we would prefer for other methods other than crating be arranged for when the dog is home alone.

• All NMDR dogs will be primarily inside dogs - no dogs will live outside.

• All NMDR dogs will be provided with adequate fresh food and water, clean, dry shelter when outside, and daily exercise.

• All NMDR dogs will be provided with a safe collar with ID tags to be worn at all times.

• All adoptive families will obey all applicable laws governing control and custody of animals.

• All adoptive families will provide all medical care and treatment needed by the dog including but not limited to: yearly medical checkups and vaccines, and preventative heartworm medication.

• All NMDR dogs will be adopted only as a personal companion and not as a gift, working animal, or guard dog.

• NMDR assumes no responsibility nor shall they be held liable for any damages caused by the adopted animal to property, person or other pets. If any medical problems occur after adoption, NMDR is not liable for any medical bills.

• If you have other pets, they must be spayed/neutered if you adopt from us. Your other pets must be up to date on all vet care (shots and preventatives).

• If you are unsure as to whether you can commit to a dog for the rest of its life (regardless of whether you move, change jobs, or get divorced) then please rethink your decision to adopt a dog. Adoption is for the rest of the dog’s life and our rescued dogs have already had enough turmoil in their lives.

Adoption Fees:

$400 for puppies up to 11 months old
$350 for 1 year old to 7 years old
$250 for dogs older than 8 years old

Our expenses preparing our dogs for adoption are much greater than our fees cover. Donations above the adoption fees will help us continue our efforts to rescue dogs.

Adoption application

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Thank you for your interest! If you have not already done so, please submit the adoption application found at this link: if you have already submitted an application-
Within 72 hours of receipt of your application, an Adoptions Team member will respond to you via EMAIL with instructions on next steps in the application process. Be sure to check your junk or spam email as well. Please note that it is best to not have a particular dog in mind as he or she could get adopted before you are approved to adopt. Your application is valid for 11 months and we are always rescuing dogs.
Once you are approved to adopt, you will be able to set up the meet and greet and you will also bring your dog or dogs with you. If you are looking to adopt from outside of Colorado, you do need to follow the above process, and if approved to adopt, you will need to travel to Colorado to meet and pick up your next family member. We do not allow shipping or transportation.

More about this rescue

Our mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome discarded breeding dogs and to educate the general public about the cruel realities of the commercial dog breeding industry.

National Mill Dog Rescue was established in February 2007, in honor of a forgiving little Italian Greyhound named Lily. Theresa Strader, NMDR’s Founder and Executive Director, rescued Lily from a dog auction in Missouri. Prior to that day, Lily had spent the first seven years of her life as a commercial breeding dog, a puppy mill mom. Determined that her years of living in misery would not be in vain, Strader started NMDR, giving a voice to mill dogs across the country.

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