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5K run raises money to rescue mill dogs

Dog Jog benefits National Mill Dog Rescue

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Dog lovers are taking a walk to help find a new home for dogs across the country.

Hundreds of runners and walkers took part in the Dog Jog 5K at Cottonwood Creek Park Saturday morning. 

The event benefits the National Mill Dog Rescue, an organization that finds permanent homes for commercial breeding dogs.

"When a dog comes to you and they don't have a home, they're very stressed. They don't understand what's happening," said Jacqueline Hooper, who's rescued three dogs. "Bringing them into my home and seeing how they've adapted and how they've become socialized, I can't tell you the feeling that it gives you."

The event raises money to help pay for dog relocation and rehabilitation expenses.

"Our biggest expense, hands down, is veterinary care for these dogs," said National Mill Dog Rescue founder Theresa Strader. "Proceeds from this event typically are going to go toward veterinary care for our dogs."

The National Mill Dog Rescue recently saved its 10,000th dog. Strader doesn't believe her work is done.

"The unfortunate truth is, there are hundreds of thousands more out there that need us. We're not slowing down," Strader said.

Those who have rescued dogs said the experience changed their lives.

"You find that they get attached to you and you get attached to them," Hooper said. "If you're looking for a dog, go and rescue one. You don't need to buy one from a pet store."

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