EL PASO COUNTY, Colorado (KUSA) -- Theresa Strader has dedicated her life to rescuing mill dogs.
She has rescued almost 8,000 over the last several years, but now she needs help for herself.
Strader's home of 20 years and everything inside was lost on the very first day of the Black Forest Fire.
"We got what was important to us and that was our kids and our pets," she said. "Obviously there's shock and sadness involved in all of it for me. But we got what we love. After the fire last year and Waldo Canyon we knew what we needed to take, it wasn't a lot."
Despite losing her home, she plans to stay in the area.
"We're going to rebuild. We don't want to leave the forest, it's going to look different, it's going to feel different," she said. "I'm proud to be from there and I'm proud to stay there."