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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

I was looking for a dog for a coworker to adopt. As I was browsing I saw Zeta. I instantly fell in love. I adopted her and she has filled my home and heart with love. She is the smallest of all three of my dogs but she rules. Spoiled rotten but I would not have it any other way. Thank you for bringing Zeta into my life... Love, love, love her... ❤ ❤ ❤

Donor

Rating: 4

I worked with you on a fundraiser few years back with Avon for Animals online. I am looking forward to doing it again this year at a %20 going to your organization . The work you do makes a difference no matter what breed or size You have such a loyal group that tend to these dogs without pay and only on your own funds. Looking to contribute again this year. Thank You

Client Served

Rating: 5

Lap Dog Rescue helped us find a replacement for our Saint Bernard. Sherman was adopted. We had him for six years when he suddenly went into a health nose dive. We work with our Vets to see if there was anyway to save him. There wasn’t. We realized that our age would not permit another Gentle Giant. We learned about Lap Dog Rescue. We found a mix of Toy Poodle and West Highland Terrier. He won our hearts immediately. He met our one criteria he had to like small kids. He passed with flying colors. We realized he needed a buddy. Lap Dog Rescue came through with a wonderful companion. They are completely bonded. They bring give us love, laughter, and close companionship. We appreciate the fact that Lap Dog Rescue Vets prospective owners. They also do a complete inspection of your home and yard. They also wanted to ensure that the dogs would be able to be around our very young grandchildren. We recommend Lap Dog Rescue to family and friends. Albuquerque is especially Blessed to have them not only for placing rescues but for going in and rescuing them to begin with!

Cheryl C.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Lap Dog rescue maximizes donations and rescues and neuters countless strays.

My heart broke when I lost my pet . Thanks to Lap Dog Rescue , I found a new sweetie. ❤️

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted Ducky (now called Lucky) last February from Lap Dog Rescue. And we're the lucky ones. He's sweet, smart and just a love. Thanks so much, Lap Dog Rescue, for finding Lucky and bringing him into our lives.

Darla J B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted a sweet lik schnauser/scottie mix, lil Fritzy, 3 years ago! What a joy, so after our sweet gorl of 17 years passed-we adopted lil Dori!! She is a smart lil gorl and brongs so mich joy! Thank You Lap Dog Rescue-Kay, Mary and Alma!! You are Angels on earth for these sweet lost pups!! ❤️

Client Served

Rating: 5

We've adopted 3 dogs from Lap Dog Rescue of New Mexico. It's a trustworthy, outstanding non profit. The rescued dogs are fostered in homes by volunteers, all shots are up to date, all neutering and spading is done before a family receives the dog. LDRNM is a gift to dogs and the family that adopts them. Give a rescued dog some love and they will return love back to you forever. LDRNM is #1 in my heart.

Camelou Bygel C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Best ever rescue. I have adopted 5 dogs from Lap Dog, and refer Lap Dog when someone asks where to get a dog. Very compassionate, and love what they are doing for those that do not have a voice.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my little Miniature poodle mix from Lap Dog in July 2014. Brian came to the house with Nero to make sure he would have a good and secure home, and Nero has been my almost constant companion since then. We walk twice a day, sleep in the same bed, and share a bond that is heart warming to me. Since I adopted Nero I have donated to Lap Dog Rescue on a regular basis as I know they are a strictly foster organization and need every extra dollar that comes their way. I have such compassion for those who foster the little rescue dogs and am very grateful they rescued Nero and passed him along to me.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Over the past 15 years or so we’ve adopted five rescued dachshunds from Lap Dog Rescue who all became integral members of our family. Each one of these precious little dogs have unique personalities and are simply fountains of love. The real advantage of adopting rescue dogs from LDR is that the foster folks who house them while they await their forever home, socialize them, get to know each dogs quirks, needs and personality, and can help you choose just the right dog for your home. Our LDR rescue posse are a never ending stream of love and endearing entertainment. The first picture is of our remaining four dachshund posse; second picture is of the first two LDR rescues (blue collared one has passed on); and the last picture is of our first two dachshunds, both deceased (not LDR rescues). So, we highly recommend LDR as the source for your next four legged fur baby.

Shannon M.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

What a wonderful, compassionate, and organized nonprofit. We adopted our beloved dog a year ago and we worked with our pup's foster parents and they were always available and provided support and important information. Lap Dog also provided financial support for neutering through a great Veterinarian clinic nearby. Our experience with Lap Dog was fabulous!

Volunteer

Rating: 1

I submitted an application Aug 6 then followed with email and received no response...then also asked via Facebook and was told the application would be reviewed... as of Oct 18 no response

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I lost my best friend and happy spirit, Patti, in October 2016. Had the opportunity to meet Wally at an event....love at first sight, I may be his 6th home but I am his forever home, the organization is great and makes good matches!

SunnyOne

Client Served

Rating: 5

Best dog rescue ever! My family and I are repeat adopters from LDRNM. They provide the true personal touch in placement. We appreciate all they do in saving these beautiful souls. We are pretty crazy about all our LDRNM kids! Keep up the fantastic work!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family has adopted 3 of our fur kids from LDRNM, and I'm sure we'll be back! They provide a much needed service for these dogs, finding them loving ,warm , safe homes. Thanks for all you do Brian!

1 Amy L.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been fostering for Lap Dog Rescue since June of 2016. I finally feel like I am doing something that is making a difference, with an amazing group of people who define compassion and caring. I am so grateful for their constant support for the fosters and the love they have for the animals. There is almost nothing they won't do to heal a dog, even if it means expensive surgery and an extended stay with the foster. Proud to be part of this group.

1 Daniel S.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I met my adorable little dog at a Lap Dog adoption event last December. She was and is a treasured addition to our family!

1 Barbara132

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm a volunteer with Lap Dog Rescue of NM. I'm always amazed at the generosity of time, money and spirit that people bring to this organization. It's hard work, I admit, to help a little rescued dog who has been neglected, abused, thrown away or has lost its home when its owner is no longer able to care for him/her. Our volunteers pitch in - always - when the need arises. This is a wonderful organization that does wonderful work with absolutely no paid staff.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I've worked with a lot of organizations and I have to admit Lap Dog Rescue of NM is the finest. This organization always works within its values. LDRNM works hard to do the right thing - always. We are frugal with our money but lavish love on our dogs. Thank you, Lap Dog Rescue, for giving me the opportunity to work with you in saving dogs' lives.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Great organization and such nice people to work with. I've adopted 2 dogs from them. I would highly recommend Lap Dog Rescue to anyone looking to adopt a fur baby.

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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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Client Served

Rating: 5

I can't say enough about Lap Dog Rescue of NM- they work tirelessly to help shelter dogs and other dogs in our state and neighboring states find good, loving, forever homes- they rescue abandoned puppies and nurse them back to health, they partner with other rescue organizations in the area to help these animals find forever homes and they take fantastic care of the little ones while promoting adoptions rather than purchases of companion animals- I've supported their cause for some time and recently adopted a pup from them- he is the sweetest and best mannered little guy even though he was 11 weeks when I first adopted him- this is, in no small part, due to how he was cared for... the volunteers and folks that work with LDRNM are to be commended for their continuous efforts-

1 Amy R.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

An amazing group of kind and dedicated people!!!! I could not be more proud to be a part of this organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wonderful dogs, fosters & process simply couldn't be easier. LDRNM foster families are diligent in providing good interim homes for the adoptees and work with dogs such that they are trained and ready for loving, suitable adopters. I've had my LDRNM baby for 6 years and I will utilize LDRNM if/when I'm again in the position to provide a loving, caring home for a dog waiting for their fur-ever home.

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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.

Client Served

Rating: 1

I was interested in adopting a pet for my husband. He is a truck driver and could use a companion while working away from home. I filled out their request form and within 24 hours got a NO response. It had two sentences, "The foster mom does not feel that the dog would fit this lifestyle. He needs a yard, a companion and training."

I have adopted dogs from other organizations. I was always contacted with more questions, this allowed them to find the best dog for me and allowed me to react to their concerns. This organization just told me that the dog I had put on the application would not fit. They did not offer substitutions.

I did write back, stating the both my husband and I would exercise the dog 2 hours a day with walks and play, we had both trained dogs in the past for search and rescue and would have no problems teaching this dog and as for a friend, well meet and greets would be all he got.

Never once did they offer alternative dogs. If you don't have a traditional family with a yard. Don't bother applying.

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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!

6 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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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 ❤️

3 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!

2 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.

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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!

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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