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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal-Related, Animals

Mission: The mission of Lap Dog Rescue of New Mexico is to rescue, rehabilitate and place for adoption small companion dogs. Our goal is to place these dogs in loving, forever homes and to do this through a rigorous screening and adoption process. We operate strictly through volunteerism, counting on the generosity of others and of ourselves to further our mission.

Results: As a network of caring foster homes where our dogs are temporarily homed and socialized, and not kenneled, we screen applicants so that our dogs will be accepted by the adopting family. We collaborate with other state-wide rescues to save New Mexico dogs that come from many sources: animal shelters, owner surrenders, and actual abusive situations. In 2016 we rescued over 500 dogs . Since 2001, we have saved thousands of New Mexico shelter dogs.

Target demographics: save New Mexico Shelter Dogs

Direct beneficiaries per year: more than 500 rescued dogs - by successfully adopting them into loving forever homes.

Geographic areas served: Albuqerque, New Mexico

Programs: rescue, rehabilitation, and rehoming of small companion dogs.

Community Stories

142 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Dear LDR folks,

Yesterday a couple of your members gave a presentation about LDR at the monthly meeting of the Animal Advocate group at my church (Unitarian Universalist). Thank you very much! The presentation was very well received and enjoyed by our group, and I am confident it will result in increased awareness and support for LDR. LDR, you are awesome, and thanks for the good work that you do!

5 Susan534

Client Served

Rating: 5

How do you mend a broken heart? Lapdog Rescue of NM has the best medicine for a broken heart! Within 48 hours of applying, we had experienced a home visit and our dear Beau was delivered! It was indeed a miracle! One week after losing Lilly Belle’s 3 month old puppy (the one we kept for her…really ourselves), we were not on the road to recovery…the house was QUIET, Lilly Belle was obsessed with us, and there was no more puppy play.
With broken hearts, how could we face a visit to the shelter where we would see so many needy pups and stress about how to choose one? Normally brave, but overwhelmed with sadness, suddenly Facebook revealed that a dear friend “liked” Lapdog Rescue of NM…that was at 8pm Wednesday evening. A message was sent that night, the online application submitted by 10am next morning, home visit same day, Beau brought by Brian, the President of Lapdog Rescue of NM the next afternoon! We had anticipated attending the adoption event that Saturday, but it turned out that since we “loved” the picture of Beau, and passed the reference check and home inspection visit, we didn’t need to go to the event (and Brian said that it was easier on the puppy not to have to attend).
Discovery of Lapdog Rescue of NM was exceptional treatment for our broken-hearts! It was amazing to learn that they follow specific enlightened precepts developed by Brian’s mother, who founded the organization more than 20 years ago. These precepts include:
1. All rescues are fostered in homes by experienced foster families (our Beau was bottle fed from birth!).
2. Socialization (people, other dogs, cats, potty-training) is an important part of preparing Lapdogs for adoption.
3. Home inspection visits are required.
4. References are required.
5. Lapdogs come with a package of information specific to their history and needs.
6. All shots, chipping and neuter/spay costs are included in the fee.
7. Advice about the correct food is clear and directive (we changed to a recommended food from one that has been associated with serious side-effects).
Lapdog Rescue of New Mexico rescued our puppy, and importantly they rescued us!
Today is Valentine’s Day – one month ago Brian brought a 5 month old Chihuahua puppy named Beau (bottle fed since birth!!) into our home and now our hearts are on the mend. We are so grateful and know that this organization will continue to serve our community with the high standards and goals that produce the best and most heart-felt love-matches! Thank you to Brian and his mother, all the foster-families and to those that are adopting from Lapdog Rescue of New Mexico!

1 Denise135

Client Served

Rating: 5

Found my sweet pug through LapDog...they do so much to help these dogs find homes, and to help local shelters in need. Awesome group of people and fosters!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I got my pug from this group. They are very successful in finding homes for the dogs, and work tirelessly on their behalf. Great group of people!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We've adopted 2 dogs from Lapdog Rescue of NM. Their wonderful volunteers nursed Maizie, our first, back from parvovirus. Their careful placement process and caring foster parents helped us find the right dog, Stella, to fit into our multi pet household.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've been an animal person all my life, then a Vet Tech, then Pet Sitter.
We've always had rescue animals, they are the best...

When I suddenly lost my dog to an unexplained illness I needed a new one STAT to help my medical issues, just having a dog next to me helped more than I really knew.

Knowing dogs like I do I didn't want just any rescue this time around, I wanted one that had a story and who's human helpers knew and and had been vetted.

Lap Dog Rescue of NM is to date the only rescue I personally know of who tests for heartworm, does fecal testing, even erlichia testing, along with spay/neuter, and routine vaccinations before they put them up for adoption.

Then they add is socializing and doggy door training to boot, sometimes more.

I got a great dog that everyone knew of and loved.

She fits in with me and my family perfectly.

I was so happy with the entire situation, I'm now volunteering for them, it's an inspiring group of people!!!

1 Karrie B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our dog Loki came from LDRNM. They had a fairly rigorous application and home visit protocol, which I appreciated, both to make sure that we were right for Loki and that he was right for us. Brian did a full inspection of our house and yard, made sure that our other dogs were not going to be aggressive to Loki, and gave us some guidance and info about Loki and how to acclimate him to his new home. I have encountered so many people who have gotten wonderful dogs thru LDRNM. They do very good work and I will get any future dogs thru them and recommend them to anyone I know!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am proud and happy to have as part of my family two little dogs from LDRNM. I know first-hand just how special the volunteers are. They will eagerly go the extra mile--and much more--to rescue, foster, socialize and place dogs in forever homes. One of my dogs was found in 2011 running wild with a gang of much bigger dogs, while the other came from a notorious puppy mill in 2009. I am incredibly grateful to LDRNM for Cisco (FKA Cecil the Diesel) and Chaco (FKA Special Eddie), who bring joy into my life every day.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

After losing my lab/chow Niki, I waited 2 years and finally decided to get a dog again. I found my sweet Izzy on the LDRNM site and filled out the adoption form. It was surprising how quickly they responded. Brian worked around my schedule to bring her over. I was actually feeling a little skeptical but when she came and sat next to me like she had found me I couldn't resist. You can tell they really care and want all their dogs to find their furever homes. I highly recommend them to anyone! It was obvious she had been well cared for and she had the personality of a happy dog. Great organization filled with caring people.

2 Nancy286

Client Served

Rating: 5

We received Bo AKA Bo Bo luscious from Lap dog 3 years ago. The hard work this organization applies into each dog is amazing. My boy dog was house trained and leashed train. Thank you LDNM for our furever love ❤️

2 Rosie-Tina R.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Over the past 10 years, I have adopted 2 dogs from Lap Dog rescue. These are two of the best dogs I have ever had in my home. The last dog we got was horribly abused prior to being rescued. The foster mom did such an amazing job with her. You would not know she was abused if you didn't see the obvious external scars. This little dog is such a love!

1 Katy22

Client Served

Rating: 5

When my uncle passed away suddenly, his "girlfriend" was on her way to taking his little dog, Max, to the shelter, just to be rid of him. I was able to convince her to take him to Lap Dog Rescue, instead. They took Max in without hesitation. He was adopted almost immediately and has a new forever home with folks who love him! Lap Dog Rescue is a truly wonderful organization and I have recommended them to many people who are looking for a small dog.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We love Lap Dog Rescue! They always have the most adorable dogs - it is impossible not to want to adopt them all! We have adopted two wonderful pups from them. The fosters do a great job finding the right families for these dogs. Keep up the great work, Lap Dog!

1 Patrick78

Client Served

Rating: 5

Just over a year ago, we adopted two little girls, Jessie and Poppy, from Lap Dog Rescue of New Mexico. The process was relatively quick and easy (they brought the dogs by our house to meet our other dog) and they have been a wonderful addition to our family!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The volunteers at Lap Dog Rescue are an amazing group of people who dedicate their time to rescuing and rehoming dogs in New Mexico. They are amazing in their dedication and care of the animals making sure they are placed in homes where they will have a forever family. I have adopted three dogs from this organization. I can't say enough about how wonderful their work is. Bless them all. It's all about the dogs.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

An absolutely wonderful group of dog loving people. I have two pups from this rescue. I can't say enough about how dedicated they are.

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Riki B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

After losing my 15yr old golden in November and my father to Parkinson's disease in December my family and I need a little bit of joy. And boy did we find it through lapdog Rescue! In mid- December we adopted the sweetest, most perfect puppy named Jasmine! She, everyday since makes us laugh with her funny little face and mischievous personality. Lapdog rescue made the process incredibly easy for this family who was filled with much heartache. Thank you Lapdog Rescue for all you do but mostly for allowing Jasmine to rescue us!
Sincerely,
Riki and sons

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Lap Dog does a tremendous amount of good with a small budget and a group of volunteers with giant hearts. We adopted one of our rescue dogs from them, and they required a home visit to make sure the dog was going to a good home. We know several of the volunteers, who always have dog treats and leashes in their vehicles in case they see a pup in need on the side of the road. Lap Dog is well-organized and dedicated. They are also transparent; I reviewed their IRS form 990 online and was amazed at how much they accomplish with a limited budget.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Lap Dog Rescue is an incredibly well-organized, responsive and dedicated non-profit, devoted to matching the right dogs with the right owners. They do home visits before adopting a dog out. The leaders have HUGE hearts, a great cadre of volunteers, and a well-oiled system. They save literally 100s of dogs a year from high-kill shelters.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We adopted a little Brussels griffon mix last year from lap dog rescue and have been in love with little girl ever since! Lap dog rescue is a wonderful organization and I recommend them to anyone who is looking for a new pet. When we are ready for another little fur baby we're heading straight to them! Thank you lap dog rescue for all that you do

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Truly one of the best rescue groups around. We adopted our sweet little dog from LDR. Not only did they save her life, but her foster parents did an awesome job getting her ready for her forever home.

4 Kerry24

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted Loki from Lap Dog and she is such a joy to our family. We think so much of Lap Dog that our teenage daughters have volunteered at their adoption events to bring more awareness to their High School peers and community. Brian Spencer, the founder, is an Angel on earth and runs an excellent program. I recommend Lap Dog to my friends and co-workers all the time! Photo is me with Loki (top) and Sydney (on my lap).

6 Mary229

Volunteer

Rating: 5

For 15 years I have fostered for Lap Dog Rescue, this nonprofit rescue consistently runs a very well organized, well managed organization. The welfare of the animal is intensely focused on. This rescue has a very long track record of integrity, dedication and many of the fosters have been with Lap Dog for many years. In the age of big nonprofits that have a lot of overhead, Lap Dog runs a tight ship with ethics and a protocol that all volunteers follow. This is a rescue with a long history of experience, compassion and because Lap Dog has a good number of dedicated volunteers and fosters, event planners, making it one of the best examples of a volunteer, non profit that remains steadfast and stable.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with Lap Dog Rescue of New Mexico for over 10 years. In a day of questionable charities in the news, it is with full endorsement that I can say that LDRNM is a solid, well run, ethical and dependable nonprofit. They work tirelessly to help end the suffering of small dogs throughout our state.
They tend to have very dedicated and long term fosters and local businesses that promote their dogs and adoption clinics. This rescue has a very good standing in our community and their reputation is well earned and deserved.