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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

203 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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.

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.

1 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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Adopted the best dog ever from LDRNM a year and half ago. They are a wonderful organization to work with.

Barbara G.4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The love of my life, Loki, came from Lap Dog Rescue. I still go to their events in Santa Fe, and bring him along to say hello!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We got these two fur babies from lapdog rescues of nm and we are thankful that they are such a great nonprofit. When we are ready to adopt we will def be usung them.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a pup from lapdog and they were easy to work with. I know they do so much for the pups. Keep up the great work.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We had THE BEST experience with Lap Dog Rescue of New Mexico, specifically our pups foster, Jan Krell. We had just lost our sweet pup of 16 years, to cancer. Fast forward 2 months - and we found the perfect match for us! Miles (formerly Rocky). He has brought so much fun, love and joy to our lives, as well as our other rescue Jazz, not to mention our granddaughter. Thank you LDNM!!! ❤️❤️❤️

Sitara Gillian T.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted Nugget, formerly known as Miracle, thru Lap Dog Rescue in February. I have an incurable chronic illness that includes a lot of severe pain. Nugget is by my side every day and is such a sweetheart. Thank you for my beautiful friend!

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.

Joan B.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This wonderful organization is made up of all volunteers. No one is paid. It is simply a foster based organization. Every one in Lap Dog Rescue offers their homes, time, effort and love to save dogs from kill shelters in the State or owner surrenders.

Dogs are vetted, fed, cared for, loved and trained to get them ready for new homes. Dog are matched to applicants carefully, before being adopted to new loving homes.

I adopted my sweet and loving dog, Foxee, from Lap Dog Rescue of New Mexico and am proud to be a LDRNM foster for this group of wonderful people who freely give their time, love and effort to save hundreds of dogs each year.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted junior last month and I love him so much! The process was easy and you can tell how much they care for these dogs!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a hospice foster so the dogs I get are seniors,handicapped or sick. They stay with me until they pass. I have worked with among others Lap Dog rescue. They are truly interested in the welfare of the dogs they rescue. Brian and Julie are amazing people with big hearts. I adore doing my part with the elderly , sick and hanidcapped dogs and working with lap dog rescue has been a honor. To people who truly care about the dogs they rescue welfrae a toast.. Cheers.. Keep up the good work

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’m an 8 year volunteer for LDRNM. I’ve met some of the most inspiring people through my affiliation with this organization. Rescue work isn’t for sissies....it’s hard work that takes the coordination, determination and dedication of many people to get these precious dogs into safe situations, vetted, socialized and ready to be rehomed. It’s very satisfying to know many of these dogs now live like royalty....or rock stars...as they should!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been a volunteer with this organization since 2012. During this time I’ve seen LDRNM grow, mature, refine its processes and procedures, never satisfied with the status quo or rest on its laurels. Its volunteers are passionate, selfless people who always go above and beyond for the unwanted, unlucky, and unloved dogs of New Mexico and beyond who are in desperate need of medical care and forever homes. They also go above and beyond to help those people who for whatever reason can no longer care for their cherished pets and help them or their families find them loving forever homes. It remains a privilege to be associated with this dynamic and compassionate nonprofit.

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Cathie Thomas H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a new foster with Lap Dog. I am so impressed with their determination to do what is best for the dogs. The dogs I have fostered have needed some serious medical intervention and Lap Dog administration supported them all the way. I really appreciate that. Adopters need to know that many of the dogs listed have had a lot of background work, medical, behavioral, obedience, socialization etc before they are ever listed for adoption. I have met some of the best people with Lap Dog. Thank you.

Camille D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I got my little Basenji-Chihuahua mix, Cyrus, from LDRNM last May (2018). He is such a joy! LDRNM told me they got him from the Clovis NM shelter 3 days before he would have been euthanized (he had a skin condition at the time). They fostered him into a very handsome boy! He was also crate trained. I can't imagine not seeing that wagging tail when I come home. He's my (and my husband's) snuggle buddy.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a wonderful little doggie from LDRNM in May of this year. I had just lost my 16-year-old terrier mix in February and was tentative about adopting another dog. Cyrus (a Chi-Basenji mix) was perfect. LDRNM had all the shots, neutering, etc. ready to go. I heard Cyrus was two days away from being euthanized in a shelter in Clovis, NM. I am so glad he's living the high life in Santa Fe now!

1 Sondra L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted Beauregard (now Iko) 4 years ago. They made an exception for an honorary lapdog because he was a puppy in need. Today at 50+ lbs he is the joy of our lives. He was well socialized and taken care of by his foster family. We had to pass a thorough interview and a home visit. I know that all their rescued dogs are loved from day one. Glad to be part of the Lapdog Rescue family.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our Iko three years ago. He wasn't lapdog sized but they saved this baby for us and we are forever grateful.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted two wonderful dogs in April 2017. They are a joy! It was great earning their trust and having them part of our family. They get along with the other dogs and just seem to be so happy to be with all of us. Thank you, Lap Dog Rescue for the awesome job you do caring for and finding homes for these animals. If anyone doesn't know, you can allocate your United Way contribution to Lap Dog Rescue. I did and my company matched my donation!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted two dogs from Lap Dog Rescue about 1.5 years ago. They do a fantastic job of saving these little bundles of love. Our Button is a ray of sunshine, and Jimmy is a little worrier, making sure everyone is good. Both dogs take thier job of "lap dog" very seriously, and if there happens to be an empty lap, it is immediately taken care of with a determined dog. The fact that the dogs are fostered until they are ready to be adopted, and the potential forever homes are screened, adds to the successful placement of these wonderful dogs. We can't say enough about the job these wonderful people do.

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have adopted several dogs from different non-profits, and my experience with Lap Dog Rescue of New Mexico was the best by far. They were quick to respond, accommodating to my scheduling needs, and connected me to my new best friend. Tripp (now Charlie Bear) was clearly loved and cared for very well at his foster's home (Thank you, Jan K.). I will definitely return to Lap Dog Rescue of New Mexico the next time I am looking to adopt a rescue dog. Thank you for the amazing job you do, LDRNM!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We were able to adopt Ziggy, a lively, comical smart little dickens, a poodle-bichon mix. He has brought so much joy to our home and lives. The process was easy and ensures a great match on both sides. Highly recommend!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Over the years, we have adopted two lovely fur-babies from lapdog Rescue. The first was Sheba, a 6-year old Pomeranian/Min-Pin mix. Although she only weighed ~14#, she loved to hike, backpack, and camp with us. She was my constant shadow, and a faithful companion to our other dog, Scruffy. After Sheba passed at age 14, we again turned to Lapdog Rescue, and Brian brought us Izzy, a 3-year old miniature schnauzer mix. Izzy is our house diva; she sleeps with us, loves to hike, and wants to go everywhere with me! She is also a good friend to our other two fur-babies, Penny and Skippy. Lapdog Rescue is wonderful, and I always recommend them to any friends who are looking for a new furry family member!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hello!
My name is Laura and I am the happy mama to two NM Lap Dog rescue babies. They are not my pets; they are my family.

September 29th 2017 I lost my family member of 14 years. My dearest Chihuahua companion, Ceraquahui, was/is irreplaceable. I was not sure I was ready to explore a new baby.

I went to a NM Lap Dog fair at Osuna Nursery October 2017 and met Charlotte. She joined me at home and we became inseparable. I soon realized how much I needed her companionship. Within 2 months we met Tiller and he come into our home as our little brother.

These creatures are polar opposites with Tiller being a real guy's guy and Char being the penultimate lady. But they scrap and love one another, as I do them. I never thought I could be more than a one dog woman, but they have shown me the way.

Forever Grateful for NM Lap Dog, Charlotte and Tiller and each day we share.
Laura Leigh

Mary Kay C.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I permanent foster a senior dog and did foster two hospice fosters. It’s s tough assignment but it’s part of my purpose. And that is Lap Dog Rescue’s purpose as well. Making sure these wonderful senior animals have a good life.