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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal-Related, Animals, Dogs

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

257 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

I love this rescue organization. They do a wonderful job rehabbing (is that a word?) all kinds of small breeds that have been abandoned or surrendered and they are diligent and thorough in vetting applicants to be sure the furbabies are going to good homes. They treat each dog like it is the only one they have to take care of. They make a huge difference in our community not only with placing dogs but with educating the public through adoption events and social media. They rock!

1 Lisa N.5

Client Served

Rating: 5

The most wonderful organization
I have gotten 4 babies from them the first 2 in 2004
And Lilah just came to me in 2019 she joins my
Most precious Baby Warren
I have stayed in touch with Brian and my
Last doggies Foster Mom Amy
These people really care about the dogs
I try to donate whenever I can
Love Lap Dog Rescue
Thank you Brian Marie Amy and all the foster folks

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We adopted our first two dogs from Lap Dog Rescue about 15 or 16 years ago
At that time We were blessed to meet the wonderful Marie Steele the founder.
We have adopted two more dogs since then and have been donating and staying in touch all these years. Have met some amazing foster parents just the greatest organization and sweetest dogs who are so well taken care of before getting their forever homes. Everyday I look at my wonderful baby dogs (Warren and Lilah ) I say
THANK YOU LAP DOG

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Excellent people doing the hard work to save the pups! I often meet Lap Dog volunteers at local parks with their fosters and they are always working with the dogs and happy to chat about what they do.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I got one dog from them for a very low fee. She had lots of medical care at their expense before I took her. (She is a WONDERFUL little girl.)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Lap Dog Rescue of New Mexico is an outstanding organization. The Director, Brian, and all of the volunteers do an excellent job of matching the fur babies with the best family. We currently have three rescues from them. We are very thankful for the great work that they do.

1 Lisa D.12

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great rescue! The foster families really love,care and work with the dogs they foster. They make sure that there is a good match between the dog and potential owner. Bios and extra pictures provide extra information of the dogs personality

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I got Covid19. Lapdogrescue.org took in my doggies (3). Milu loved them like they were her own! I can't thank her and Lapdogrescue.org enough! I used my energy to heal instead of worry...I am back with "my family" thanks to them...(wanted to attach photos but couldn't on this page)...
Zulma

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization that is staffed entirely by volunteers. They work tirelessly to save so many dogs. I adopted a little girl from them and am so grateful for her.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My first Lapdog was a blonde little male terrier named Scuba Steve.
From there I have fostered many puppies and dogs over the years. This rescue pulls from local shelters as well as takes in dogs from people who can no longer care for their pets,etc...
All fosters are in homes where they can be part of a family while waiting for their very own. My latest foster is Charlie, a male Cockapoo who is adorable. Will be finalizing his adoption very soon. ♥️

1 Scott E.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

What a great organization! Well-run and very professional. They do such a good job placing the dogs in homes that can support them. We have two rescues and are so very happy we found this organization!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We had a wonderful experience adopting two wonderful dogs. The organization’s commitment to placing the dogs in a safe environment is appreciated. We found them professional and very helpful. Just a great group!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A non profit that has a mission and follows through with that mission. I love the way they use social media to not only place dogs, but has made all of us aware of the need for adoption. Their description of their adoptees are excellent and gives one an accurate description of the fog and personality. They obviously love their mission and dogs. Next time we adopt, we will definitely go thru Lap Dog Rescue.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Lap Dog Rescue rescued my little Ally from a life outdoors and abandoned. She was with her foster mom for several months who helped her adjust to a new and safe life off the streets. She came home to me in December 2020 still very shy and hesitant to trust but now she has come out of her shell more and more and she knows she is loved and will always have a safe home. I highly recommend Lap Dog Rescue of NM. They carefully review applicants to ensure the pups go to the best homes for them. I love Ally and I'm glad she's part of my family

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Lap Dog Rescue is awesome. My little Gustavo came from them. Everything about the experience was wonderful: the foster mom, Nilou’s, kindness to me and care for Gustavo (formerly Jazz), the overall adoption process, and, of course, precious Gustavo!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted a sweet chihuahua mix puppy for Lap Dog in June 2021. The experience was so amazing from start to finish. They were very professional and required a detailed screening and home visit, and were concerned with making a forever match, not just placing the puppy. We are so in love with our puppy, and will always go to Lap Dog in the future when looking for a new pet!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We found a nice dog for my in-laws from Lap Dog Rescue. It’s nice to know the temperament of the dog before you adopt so you don’t have any surprises. He is a perfect fit. Thank you!

1 Karla M.5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

so many of these pups I would love to adopt At some point I will take one of the littles to be a part of our pack

1 Martha S.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Got one of my dogs from Lap Dog Rescue. Great organization -- they care so well for their fosters until a home is found.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have two rescue dogs, and the latest one came 5 years ago from Lap Dog Rescue of New Mexico. He was turned into the dog pound in Roswell, NM, which is notorious for impatience to euthanize their guests. Lap Dog got my dog Itchy from there, when his original owner turned him in. He was missing an eye, which she "had no idea how that happened." (She had 5 kids and 4 dogs...) Is he a perfect pet? No, but he tries! Lap Dog is such a good organization -- they are able to place homeless pets with fosters, and eventually with permanent homes and loving owners.

1 Gail S.6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They find homes for even dogs who are tough to love. With their careful and honest vetting process, forever families know exactly what a dog needs or doesn't need. Plus, dogs receive whatever care they need to bring them to optimal health prior to adoption.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted our little girl, Nya, from LDRNM. The entire process was wonderful. They are really responsible with placing dogs in carefully chosen foster families, and even more diligent about where they place dogs for their forever family. The application process was extensive, and included a home visit. It's really good to know that the dogs from LDRNM go to homes in which they will be loved for a lifetime.

1 Francie P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have rescued three dogs from Lap Dog Rescue of NM. I can’t say enough about this organization. They are the best experience I have ever had. I donate as often as I can. I recommend them to all my family and friends.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Brian Spence has done a great job with LDR. I adopted Snowy my Maltese 11 years ago. He will be 17 in December and adopted Coco August 2019. I love them both so much. I recommend LDR to my friends and family.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my Mexican Street dog from Lap Dog. The best thing I ever did. They invest much time and money in making sure that that's the right dog for you.

1 Rob E.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our Maggie-Lou from Lap Dog Rescue NM in January of 2019. They and their volunteers did a great job of answering my questions and connecting us with Maggie. They even networked us in with a group of nice people who walk their dogs at Cottonwood Mall on Wednesdays so we could get Maggie socialized a little better. Even when I needed follow up medical information a year after adoption, I had one of the Lapdog staff return my calls quickly. I recommend LDRNM to anyone wanting to bring more love into their lives.

1 Lori D.9

Client Served

Rating: 5

We’ve supported Lap Dog rescue for many years, and adopted Ellie several years ago! They do amazing work!

1 Monica Salas T.

Client Served

Rating: 5

LDRNM strives to find loving homes for well deserving dogs! We were blessed to adopt our Sharla from LDRNM in 2008 and loved working with this wonderful organization. Sadly our Sharla crossed the rainbow bridge earlier this year. When we are ready to add another fur baby to our family we will definitely adopt a pup from LDRNM.

1 Ginger H.5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We have two lap dog rescue dogs. One is 15 and the other is 7 months old. We love our babies and lap dog rescue is the absolute best! Their foster program makes it a pleasure to adopt a dog.

1 Jill R.5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Lap dog rescue is the best rescue in New Mexico. They work tirelessly to rescue dogs, vet them, spay and neuter, and find the perfect forever home. They assisted us in finding a small dog for our father who needed a companion and we just cannot rate them high enough.

1 Mary B.23

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A wonderful organization that brought me 2 lap dogs. They made the adoption process simple and made sure we were a good fit. I have had these 2 dogs for 8 years now and they are a joy. Osito was saved from a life on the street and Deva was saved from a life of scavenging .

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 2

Don't bother trying to adopt a dog from them if you live an apartment, they will write you off as a potential dog parent for that reason alone. It doesn't matter if you have plenty of space, work from home, make more than enough money to care for their needs, and can provide the dog with a loving and safe environment. They will automatically reject you as an applicant unless you're in a home. You're better off going to Water Melon Rescue Ranch since they aren't elitist and understand you can still provide a great home for a dog that needs one in an apartment. That said, they do take good care of the animals in their charge which is why I'm giving them a two star review as opposed to one. Just hoping this review saves people some time and heartache if they're sincere about making a lifelong commitment to a dog but happen to live in an apartment.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Lap Dig of New Mexico vetted me for my sweet girl, Wuinnie. I am grateful beyond a words for the work they do, and for gifting my with my little fur Angel.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been following Lap Dog Rescue of New Mexico for a while. What I have seen is how much they care about the dogs they rescue. The love they show and the care they have for these animals. I have recommended Lap Dog to a large number of family and friends.

1 Cherie P.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Lap Dog blessed me with my sweet little dog, Faith (formerly “Porsche”). The adoption fees covered all of her initial needs, vaccines, spaying along with any advice I needed. I’ve never seen a more supportive rescue group for the adoptive family. What a huge blessing NMLDR has been for me!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Very happy with our new member of the family, Dixie Bell. She was delivered to us in great health. We received updated information from her caregiver and a vets review of her condition.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of rescuing 2 amazing dogs from Lap Dog Rescue and I could not be more pleased!! They are both such precious additions to my family, I can't imagine living without them! Excellent care given to them and concern and compassion about them going to good homes is a big plus!!!

2 Sylvia A.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a puppy mill girl after Lap Dog Rescue saved her and her sisters from years of mistreatment. Lap Dog Rescue steps in to rescue one dog or a whole group and turns their lives around and also forever changes all of our lives for the better.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Why is Lap Dog Rescue is the best, I will tell you why. You just don't go to one of their adoption events and pick a dog to take it home the same day. You first must be vetted that you are able to take care of your new pet. They actually will come to your home to make sure the home is safe for the pet, and if you have other pets, they make sure the pets will interact with each other. An interview is conducted to make sure you understand the requirements of taking in a new family member that includes vet visits, spade/neutering, training, and long term care.

Before any dog is placed up for adoption, all dogs are taken to a vet to be examined and given a physical to see if there are any issues. If there are any issues, Lap Dog Rescue will make arrangements to have any health concerns corrected. They ensure that all dogs are chipped, receive their first shots, and give you plan for remaining shots and if need be, time to have your pet to be spade or neutered.

Lap Dog Rescue definitely cares for pets. All fosters are also vetted and go through a thorough inspection and investigation before you can become a foster. They want to be sure that a future foster family is not going to abuse the pet or be used as a bait dog.

I recommend Lap Dog Rescue for your next new family member, we did and will use them again.

Sarah M.18

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our sweet puppy from here. The compassion they show to the dogs they rescue and the time they take to ensure each dog goes to a safe good home is amazing. We love our rescue and love the good this amazing place does !

1 Barbra P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Lap Dog Rescue helped our family get our forever dog and best friend. Brian listened, found the right match for our family, and supported us with any questions we had. I highly recommend Lap Dog Rescue!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization is full of caring, competent, people that really strive to make a difference in animals' lives. I adopted the most adorable puppy and the folks at Lap Dog were a great support along the way. I highly recommend this organization and truly believe it is one of the best nonprofits I have ever come across.

Rebecca L.8

Donor

Rating: 5

Lap Dog Rescue performs a vital service to our community.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We have adopted 4 dogs from lap dog. Brian does a great job finding homes for dogs, some of whom have been abused and neglected. If i could I would adopt more. Wonderful rescue.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have adopted three wonderful dogs from Lap dog rescue. Each one fit our needs perfectly. Lap dog rescue does a great job of fitting the home to the dog. They truly care about the dogs they place.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We were fortunate to adopt 3 of our dogs from Lap Dog Rescue of NM. They do a wonderful job of matching the dogs with the right family. The dogs were all healthy, happy and well taken care of before they joined our family and they adjusted into the family nicely.

We are so lucky to have Lap Dog Rescue of NM as an organization rescuing these wonderful animals. I highly suggest adopting and donating to them.

Terry A.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was looking for a beagle mix puppy and Lap Dog Rescue posted a litter that they had just received. I contacted Brian and received a prompt response. After Lewey spent a little more time with his litter mates and received puppy vaccinations, Brian helped to get him to me in AZ. There were followup emails to make sure he adjusted and to answer any questions I had. We LOVE our Lewey and will gladly recommend LDR to anyone!

cygnus

Client Served

Rating: 5

Fantastic nonprofit that goes above and beyond for the animals in their care- from an adopter and donor

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Donor

Rating: 5

I adopted my beloved Alphi from LDRNM and my good friends also adopted their two wonderful pups from them as well- they go above and beyond to help as many pups find good homes and the care they provide-foster, medical, etc. is exceptional. I donate to them as much as possible- I cant thank them enough for the hard work they put in- all of the volunteers and fosters are angels!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great organization!!! I see the marvelous things these volunteers do and am I awe of such a great group of people!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Lap Dog Rescue is 'staffed' by one man who works tirelessly to find good homes for small dogs. He has unpaid Foster Parents who help in this effort. In my 10 year relationship with this organization, I am a proud small donor who is amazed by the dedication I see.

Tracey J.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was chosen by a little puppy while dropping off some donated items to Lap Dog 5 years ago. Our sweet puppy was a very sick little pup that was rescued from a horrible situation. Lap Dog takes care of all the much needed medical care and love to save these sweet souls and helps them find families that need the unconditional love that only a dog can provide.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We loved working with Liz and Brian! It was easy to see that their main goal was to pair the right dog with the right family. Our addition is the little guy on the couch! He’s such a wonderful, funny little boy! We have a bigger dog ( who’s also a rescue and a perfect angel). We also have three kids . So our household is pretty lively and they knew we needed a dog that would be good fit for such a home. We love Lap Dog Rescue❤️

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Lapdog Rescue is amazing. I cannot express the gratitude and respect I have for this company. Over the past 8 years I have adopted 3 fur kids, and many friends have also done the same. The time and energy and selfless hours put into providing forever/loving/safe homes for these fur babies is beyond words. Once adopted Lapdog doesn't stop there. If you have any questions or need help their door is always open. If a fur baby has been lost, Lapdog goes out of its way to make posts on social media to help find said Lapdog fur baby. One of ours was lost for a few days. They also do courtesy posts of other fur kids in need of forever homes or that have been lost. I am so great-full to have been given the blessing to adopt my fur kids. Lapdog Rescue makes a difference each day that is beyond measure. Lapdog Rescue also deals with the heartache that many turn a cheek too. ❤️

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Lapdog Rescue rescued my family on January 16, 2013. We had to lay to rest our beloved dog, Oxford on November 4, 2012 due to cancer. We were heartbroken. A good friend referred me to Brian with LapDog Rescue. Brian brought over this mutt named Jasper who barked and barked at me. You see Brian was his person at the time. After being rescued from a very high kill shelter so of course Jasper was nervous. That night I was certain that Jasper would want to sleep in his kennel but wasn’t having it. He slept on our bed, on our sons bed, on the sofa, and well he settled right in. We believe he is 12 now and continues to bless our family. Then we were delighted with Fifi 2 years later, sadly she had a stroke 2 years ago. We also have Bonnie and she rules the roost.. all 5lbs of her. We have many friends who have also adopted from LapDog. I am so impressed with LapDog Rescue. They truly go out of their way to help and aid so many dogs in a state that is inundated with homeless and sick pets.

Jo C.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great organization! They do an awesome job of matching applicants and pups and are very careful who gets to take home one if their dogs ! One of the two dogs I have now I got from Lap dog and an organization they partner with in Juarez. Definitely worth supporting these folks. !!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted two dogs from LapDog Rescue. They are Stepbrothers for life, and my sanity. A wonderful group that works tirelessly to save dogs, and place them in ideal homes.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have not adopted a dog from Lap Dog, but have friends who have. I have had interactions with Lap Dog when I’ve found one of their dogs, and these folks are the most caring and professional people. I would entrust my dog to them, and if I were to want another dog, I would call them first! They really go the extra mile!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I adopted two dogs almost a year ago and not to brag but they are the best dogs ever! We met with fosters Tim and Nicky to potentially adopt one dog but another one of their fosters adopted my husband, so we adopted her as well. And we can't imagine our home without them in it. We now have a wonderful Corgi named Norman and a little Italian Greyhound, Maggie Mae. They made the adoption process so comfortable and easy. I'd recommend Lap Dog Rescue to anyone looking for a pet. The fosters really go above and beyond for the animals in their care. It truly is a great organization.

2 Cris C.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Cooper T. is a Lap Dog Rescue Alumnus. I highly recommend this organization to anyone seeking a great small life buddy. Lap Dog Rescue has amazing, caring fosters who really get to know prospective adopters. Most importantly they take great care of the dogs in their charge both before and after the adoption. We have been blessed with our little guy and hope the same for anyone looking for a companion.

Linda Meyer R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Gidget joined our family a few years ago, courtesy of Lap Dog Rescue. When we saw her at the adoption event, she was freshly shaved from recent surgery, and she stood on her hind legs as if to say 'Pick me! Pick me!' At the time her name was Jade, due to her mystic eye color. Gidget has been such a blessing to us. Many thanks, Linda and Art

Krilecia G.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our family is so excited to have our new addition, Figgy. Figgy was rescued from a shelter in southern NM. It is our understanding that she was on the kill list. She is loving, calm and so sweet. The perfect addition to our family. My husband is in love! Thank you Lap Dog Rescue.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I unfortunately was in a position that I had to find my dog Olive and new loving home. I reached out to Lap Dog Rescue of NM. They were very quick to assist and found her a foster, Tim and Nicki who were the most loving and nice people. Olive was adopted out to a new family. I couldn’t be more thankful for this organization and my fosters.

Jennifer A.9

Client Served

Rating: 5

This little guy was a stray and was saved by LDR. He was so afraid of men when we first got him. Now he’s my huband’s BFF. Without the diligent work of LDR we wouldn’t have the opportunity to have this precious gift in our lives.

1 Malori C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This sweet boo is Evie. My husband and I adopted her in the summer of 2016 after we had lost one of our beloved pups. Evie, who was known as Lilly at the time, had recently lost her person and with nobody to take her, she was left at a vet where she was found by a LDRNM partner.
Evie was a senior when we adopted her, and we soon learned a lot about her. She was mute, and she didn’t do great with the stairs/jumping due to an old injury. I’d have to carry her up and down the stairs, which I never minded. Though she wasn’t a highly adventurous dog, she loved going down to the water when we’d go to the lake, and enjoyed being out for walks with her “brothers” (we had a stroller for Evie). Evie’s favorite place in our home was her dog bed; eventually I’d bring her up in the bed to sleep at night because that’s where she likes to be the most. My favorite thing about her was her joyous “buck” she would do when I would come home; she would excitedly be run around the house to greet me. It was the cutest.
We lost Evie on May 21 this year. As much as we would have loved more time with her, it comes with the territory of adopting a senior. I am glad she had a life full of love in her last years, and I am so grateful that Lap Dog Rescue brought such a special girl into our lives.

Marissa M.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Dusty was adopted from Lapdog Rescue in 2014, and this little guy has changed my life. I am so grateful that Lapdog saved his mom and litter mates and gave me a chance to meet him.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Because of Lap Dog Rescue, I found one of my best friends. We rescued each other. Adopted as Pepe, I renamed him Maxwell. He passed away this summer after 15 years by my side. I am forever grateful to LDR. RIP Max.

Anna Maria M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Brian and Lap Dog Rescue are the best! We adopted our sweet Honeybelle in July 2011. When Brian brought her over, it was almost hard for him to leave her which told me they are really invested in the dogs they take in. He checked in on us a couple times after she officially became part of our family. She is such a mama's girl and I will be forever grateful that Brian thought she was a "keeper" when he saw her at the shelter!!

Denise135

Client Served

Rating: 5

I got my pug from lap dog. I have had her 5 years now.she was 6 when I got her and in her third home. She was deaf, and no one knew it! She's so smart , she fooled them all. She is a wonderful pooch, and I am grateful to them for trusting me with her. I support them and have done facebook fund raisers for them. They do great work!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I got my pug from them and also support them as a fund raiser on Facebook. They rescue a lot of dogs and find many new homes, as well as help out local shelters. Great folks, and great job saving lives

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Whitney M.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've adopted two of my three from this organization and they are first rate! Our pups, Gunner and Gus (and Sadie from AZ) are amazing and if we ever decide to add to our family again they will be our first look. The president Brian who gave us Gunner and the foster parents, Nikki and Tim, we got Gus from are simply amazing too.

3 Dana M C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted Smooch from LDR and we just could not be happier! He was absolutely meant to be in our family and we are so grateful to his rescuers and foster mom for taking such great care of him until we could meet him. Thank you Lap Dog Rescue, highly recommend!!! Fantastic experience.

Brenda C.5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I adopted this little guy from Lap Dog Rescue..... named him “Mulligan” because we figured he was getting a “do over” in life. ⛳️ Everyone that comes over wants to take him home. Once he warms up to you he just loves sitting on your lap and listening to any store you care to tell him.