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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

229 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Writer

Volunteer

Rating: 5

An excellent group comprised totally of committed volunteers! I 've been priveledged to be a part of this Wonderful Non Profit Organization for a year now, and the experience has changed my life! We work on rescuing small dogs from high kill shelters, owner surrenders and training them to be highly adoptable dogs. The success rate of finding these dogs furever homes is, i think, 100%! Its a real priveledge to b a part of LapDog Rescue NM !

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The most caring folks! They do wonderful things for their rescues. They truly put their hearts and souls into saving lives!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Three of our four canine children have come from Lap Dog Rescue. The foster parents and coordinators of this program have huge hearts. It is obvious that the dogs whom the group rescues and fosters have been very well loved and taken care of during their fostering. Because of the group's organizational and professional skills, the adoption process is easy to navigate. In addition, the group maintains an inspiring and informative Facebook page.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our sweet terrier from Lap Dog Rescue. Dealing with them was a piece of cake. Had all the records together & were able to facilitate the adoption but at the same time were careful about whose home they were placing the dog. A fine example of a successful organization with a heart.

2 Ann_80

Client Served

Rating: 5

I absolutely love Lap Dog Rescue. When my old shih-tzu passed away, I wanted a companion to keep my younger shih-tzu company. I called and described my situation, my home, my dog, and what I was looking for. In a few days Rocky was brought over to my house. It was a perfect fit! He's an amazing dog, and fitted so well to my family. I'm so glad I was able to give him a loving, forever home.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Talk about personal! I called and shared my story, hoping to find a good fit. My older dog had passed away (she was 16), and my younger dog (6) was lonely and bored. I was immediately given several options on dogs that would be a good fit. Later that weekend, we had an in-house "interview" with Rocky, a sweet shih-tzu mix. Several monthly later, they're best of friends! The whole process was very refined, professional, and honest. Couldn't recommend them more.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Lap dog rescue blessed me with Gidget, a deaf pug that I just adore!!!!❤. She came to me just after I lost my Winston pug man, and she rescued me right back. Thank you for all you do for our fur babies and US! I am hoping to find another pug that needs a forever home, as we both need one more to be complete. ❤❤❤ great work saving lives...like mine!
Denise Von Gruber.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

We adopted Enzo and Herc (now known as Max). They are sweet little pets and we couldn't be happier. Thank you LDRNM for providing the foster families for these two little sweeties. We love them very much.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization is amazing! Brian was so kind and helpful and supportive of my situation. I had nowhere else to turn to find my pug a good home and without this organization, don't know what I would have done. They absolutely deserve all the pats on the back they can get!

Vicki64

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've volunteered for many canine organizations over the last twenty years. As a foster care provider for Lap Dog for the last year, I can attest that this group of people is remarkable. Every single person is dedicated to the well-being of the dogs and finding them the families they deserve. I enjoy the positive atmosphere, too - no drama! Brian does a good job letting people play to their strengths, all in the name of taking care of the dogs who need help.

Michelle318

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My family and I adopted one of our boys from Lap Dog Rescue and I could not have been more impressed with this organization. They have a true passion for what they are doing and the volunteers are amazing.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Lapdog is great! I run Cindy's hope for precious paws animal rescue in clovis. Lapdog takes in many of the homeless, neglected and abandoned animals to help them. Lapdog even takes in some of the difficult cases where the animals have been abused or have not had much human touch and will work with them until they are fully ready adopted into a forever family. Lapdog is wonderful to work with. Their policies are great when it comes to finding only the best of homes for their animals. I love being a part of the great volunteers and the work lapdog does for the animals. Thank you lap dog for all that you do. Your awesome

Elizabeth188

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My 2 rescues are from LDRNM...the fosters vet all the rescues with much love and attention. The intense caring that is showered on all the rescue pooches is wonderful. These furkids go to their forever homes, playful, loving and loyal. It is an honor to volunteer with LDRNM. This nonprofit organization rescues humans as well as pooches.

Elena14

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my dog from lap dog rescue 9 months ago. Ringo has been such a great dog that after his first obedience training , the trainer wanted to test him to become a therapy dog. He was a stray and was in foster care for a few months. He adapted well. What I liked was that they inspect the home and yard and bring the dog for a visit. Then u decide if it's a good match. They also tell u if for any reason you need to give them up that they will take them back into foster care to find a for ever home. I recommend them to all my friends and clients.

1 Emily114

Client Served

Rating: 5

We got our terrier mix puppy, Scout, from LDRNM and we were so pleased with the service we received. The foster took a lot of care in getting to know us and letting us know EXACTLY what kind of puppy we were getting ourselves into, both the good and challenging aspects of her personality. We fell in love after the first home visit, and she came to live with us two weeks later after she had her proper vaccinations. They make sure to pair the right person with the right pet. Love them!!

1 Nicole127

Client Served

Rating: 5

In November we lost our baby Sparky to an unexpected death. That is when we decided to try Lap Dog Rescue. We adopted Oliver (Maltese) that had been with them for a very short time. I was immediately impressed with Lap Dog and the screening process. They don't just adopt dogs out, just for the sake of getting them into a home. Immediately when a dog goes into their program, they are fostered in a home. I have to say this is so beneficial. These homeless dogs immediately learn potty training, and basically how to succeed in a home. I will always be grateful to Lap Dog for Oliver. He has brought so much love into our home, but mostly into my heart.

1 Dianne W.

Donor

Rating: 5

Lap Dog Rescue provides a deeply needed service to communities in New Mexico. Their dedicated team of volunteers (vets, groomers, foster families, and more) makes a huge difference in the lives of the dogs they rescue and foster. They enable adopting families to receive beautiful and loving pets. Brian, the leading force behind Lap Dog Rescue, is a passionate and devoted helper for all kinds of big and little dogs.

2 Stephanie146

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A few years ago, I found a tiny spaniel puppy in a parking lot puddle on my way to work. After discovering that he had no chip, and neighborhood signs didn't get any results, someone at work recommended I contact Lap Dog Rescue.

After signing up as a foster, and getting Gizmo vetted, Gizmo found his forever home, with a family with young boys for him to play with. I've been a foster ever since.

LDRNM helps smaller dogs find their forever home. No drama, and no politics.

1 Amber55

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They also save dogs from our local high kill shelter amazing

1 Dyan D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Lap Dog Rescue of New Mexico has taken many animals from the Clovis High Kill Shelter and found them homes. They make sure each animal is fully vetted and in healthy condition before being approved for adoption, This rescue takes the time to make sure each animal has found a home that will love, protect and keep the animal healthy. This is an amazing rescue and I am proud to be able to nominate them.

1 Myra3

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is the best organization ever. Even before Facebook, they had the best website. They make people aware of the need for rescue organizations. They have great-big hearts. They give so much of their time and themselves. I found a stray. I surely didn't want to take him to a shelter since he was an older guy. They helped me with a courtesy post and some great advice. I ended up getting this little guy to a good place. These are good people who do great things. We should all aspire to give back like they do.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Lap Dog Rescue of NM is one of the best dog rescue organizations I've ever come in contact with. They seriously care about their mission and care about these animals. I've rescued two dogs through them and both experiences were great. They weren't just trying to get rid of the animals and give me the first one, they really looked into my living style, home, etc. and helped me pick the two best 4-legged babies ever. The medical and dental care the dogs received while being fostered was awesome, and they even gave me great advice when one of my dogs had adjustment issues. They are professionals all the way.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I had such a wonderful experience with adopting our two sweet dogs from Lap Dog Rescue of NM! Everyone I dealt with was friendly, kind and very loving to their foster dogs. We are very blessed to have our two puppies and we are doubly blessed to have gotten them through Lap Dog Rescue of NM!

1 Hypnotic Z.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was (before I moved away) a volunteer foster with Lap Dog Rescue of New Mexico. My two dogs were adopted from LDRNM. It's a great organization that works miracles for dogs and, of course, for the dogs forever families. I will continue to donate money although, as long as I live in a different state, I will not be able to volunteer.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The are a wonderful organization helping rescue dogs that may have never found loving homes. I know first hand that they are caring and diligent to be sure these animals will go to the right home

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great organization that helps the less fortunate. I am surprised at how much information and intterest they take in their rescues. Definite A+

Client Served

Rating: 5

Over the last fifteen years, I have adopted 4 dogs from this nonprofit organization. After losing two of them to old age in recent years, I asked their assistance to find a new pet. I adopted not one, but two puppies, sisters that I didn't want to separate from each other. They, and the pets adopted in previous years, have been cherished members of my family. I also have fostered a few until they were placed by the organization in appropriate homes. It is their practice to give whatever medical care may be necessary, including spaying/neutering, vaccinations and dental care before the pet is offered for adoption, as well as visiting the potential home first, in order to insure success for the pet and new owners. The organization is comprised of people who truly care about the welfare of animals, including volunteers in the community who foster dogs in their homes until they are adopted and go to their forever homes.

Heather149

Client Served

Rating: 5

This group brought our family together with our new dog. They do a fantastic job of making sure the home & dog will be a good fit. Can't say enough positive things about them!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Awesome organization. These people truly care. I had an awesome experience with them.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

On Facebook, I follow LapDog Rescue of NM and am always impressed with their attitudes, their presentation, and their success rate in dog adoptions. They appear to be a very worthy organization…!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is the most caring rescue organization - I adopted both of my forever pups from them - their foster system helps these dogs acclimate from whatever trauma they've been through. Additionally, the time, money and effort they put into making sure the dogs are healthy is above and beyond what most would do.

I recommend them highly - they are truly special!

Dena2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Lap dog rescue of New Mexico is an awesome nonprofit organization. I have witnessed the placing of such damaged dogs that are brought back to life by this organization. They make a difference!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for Lap Dog a couple of times and plan on spending more time volunteering for them. What a good job they do with fostering dogs and finding the appropriate furever home for them. Thank you, Lap Dog.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Searched long and far for our two wonderful dogs. Both were adopted from LDRNM. One of our adoptions gave me the loving title of "foster failure" as I adopted the dog that I was matched with to foster. I will continue to recommend LDRNM to any dog-lover that I know who is looking for a wonderful companion.

LJ A.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The stories of dog adoption on Facebook are great. I check the website daily to find my next true love.

Cindi H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I decided I just had to have a small dog to cuddle, we were directed by a client my husband had to Lap Dog rescue NM. I went online and there she was, my little Yorkie Bea :). She was a rescue they had gotten from a puppy mill in Arkansas. Be had known nothing other than a kennel and she was already 6 years old; I have had the privilege of being her forever mommy for 4 years nearly

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Lap Dog Rescue (LDR) is a wonderful organization devoted to the welfare of unwanted dogs. Whether the dogs are surrendered or rescued from a shelter, each are given the best medical care possible and a loving foster home. I adopted Arabella from LDR and she is such a blessing. It is a privilege to be a foster for LDR now. But, in order to rescue more, more fosters are needed. LDR can only do so much without your help.

Billie W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Lap dog rescue saves the lives of many little dogs by rescuing them from shelters where their date could be dire and making them available for adoption. They find foster situations until the dogs can be adopted into their forever homes. My little Scottie, Cassie, came from Lap Dog Rescue. She enriches my life and I believe ice given her a wonderful life.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our lovable Yorkie over a year ago. Everything was done so professionally, and he is our wonderful companion. He has even flown in a commercial airplane. He goes with us anywhere that dogs are welcome, he sleeps with us, he's the perfect pet!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Not only have I adopted via Lap Dog, I work at the clinic where they bring they bring the lucky little devils for all the necessary veterinary care. They will rescue dogs that will be put down due to medical reasons and then go the extra , extra mile to get the dog well enough to place. The volunteers are the most dedicated group of Angels you hope hope to meet. The hours and hours and hours they spend are amazing. I cannot think of any organization more deserving than Lap Dog.

Kay_17

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Lap Dog Rescue is the most caring rescue group I have ever seen or been associated with. I have been a foster mom for many many of these little guys & have fallen in love with all of them. LDR makes sure the dogs are suited with the families who want to adopt them. All of the dogs are fully vetted before going to their new families. that includes spay or neuter, all vaccinations, microchip, dentals, if needed & given a complete health care assessment by veterinarians. This is a wonderful & caring organization that I am privileged to be a part of.

Cherie P.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a proud adopter of my dog, Faith, who just turned a happy and healthy year old! I found adopting through them to be such a wonderful experience and have plans on doing it again. As a donor, I know that my money is going to a very reputable organization that is never frivolous in its spending. Plus the work they do with the dogs in nothing short of amazing! Lap Dog restores your faith in humanity in the way they help all dogs. Keep the faith Lap Dog you're doing a great job!

Marie52

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Excellent organization who's selfless volunteers go way above and beyond, spending their own time and money to rescue, rehabilitate and get forever homes for small dogs. It has been my pleasure to volunteers and help out as I can. Thank you Lap Dog Rescue for all the wonderful work you do!

Client Served

Rating: 5

They brought us our sweet boy Snowy. He was our first rescue we had ever owned. He was a puppy mill survivor and needed a lot of love and plenty of care. They had some of his teeth removed before he was given a home. We wanted to bring this sad boy back to life and we were lucky enough to be chosen. They do so much for so many and I feel sometimes they don't get the credit they are so well deserving of. Love them for all they do!

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization works tirelessly to foster homeless dogs and to place them in loving homes. We have two wonderful dogs in our lives thanks to their dedication.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have several friends who have adopted through LDRNM. The dogs are kept in foster homes and have adjusted to a loving environment. They network with other areas of NM to expand their good work far outside the local Albuquerque area. Everyone I know who has worked with these wonderful people have nothing but good things to say about them. I will be adopting next year and will look no further than this fine organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Over the past five years we have adopted three pups from Lap Dog and foster two more. I wish we could foster or adopt more. All of the pups were in great health, had papers, and were partly house broken thanks to the fosters that had them before us. All of them are well mannered, very social and we will never adopt from anyplace else other than Lap Dog. Several of our friends and co-workers have also gone through this adoption agency and all of them love their puppies. Thanks Brian and Marie for all of your hard work and dedication to such a worthy cause.

Donor

Rating: 5

We adopted our two great dogs from Lap Dog Rescue. The process they use to screen potential furever homes is comprehensive. From the application to the home visit, they ensure that it is a great match. The fosters love and care for your dog and are able to give valuable information about their foster pups. Our foster doubles as a groomer and boarder. When we left on vacation, we boarded our first dog there. She sent us pics of our dog and his new best friend. When we got home, we had two dogs. All the volunteers I've encountered from LDRNM are dedicated and caring. I have recommended them to several friends that are equally as enthusiastic about LDRNM. They partner with shelters around the state to save as many dogs as possible.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is truly committed to helping find homes for dogs in NM. They have a great network of foster care people and hard working volunteers and donors who rescue those dogs that find themselves without owners due to age, illness or loss. What a wonderful organization! We are fortunate to have adopted our Ginger Snap from this group. What a beautiful girl she is!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have adopted four dogs from this organization over a 15 year period. They remain true to their mission of saving dogs from death in kill shelters and finding forever homes for them.

1 Karen258

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been fostering for LDRNM since 2008. Many dogs have come in and out of my life over the years. Most to happy forever homes. I have had 7 permanent fosters. Three are still living and have been with us for many years. LDRNM saves hundreds of dogs every year, takes care of their medical needs, and then the fosters take over with potty training, leash training, crate training and socialization. Home visits are made, yards are checked for safety and enclosure. During the trial period there is time to see if the match is a good one. The dog's welfare is always foremost at LDRNM. It is an honor and a privilege to be part of this rescue organization.

Rhonda21

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so very grateful to Lapdog Rescue of New Mexico for the lives they save each day of God's sweet creatures. It's not a job, it's simply who they are & what they do. Through Lapdog our family expanded to include Ivan & he truly completes us. We are blessed to have this sweet baby. Thank you Lapdog from the bottom of our hearts for the lives you touch! ♡

Bette A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great rescue organization, I have volunteered at their yard sale event & they work so hard to place their little charges with the right home. Right now I have two senior dogs under medical care, but when I am down to one dog, I will definitely adopt from them.

Kristen35

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered and adopted a dog from Lap Dog. What a great caring rescue that really cares about my adopted dog butch and myself ensuring we are both happy. They do great things pulling dogs from shelters all across the state saving SO many lives and changing so many lives.

Jerry29

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a former resident of New Mexico and co-founder of a 501C rescue in Texas, I have watched Lap Dog Rescue of New Mexico via Facebook since getting involved in Texas. I am in awe of how much they accomplish. They work so hard to network with other rescues, to accept and save dogs from shelters in the state, to find just the right owners for their precious charges. As hard as this often-sad work is, they always seem to do it with cheerful hope of saving more dogs. This is one of the most positive rescues I have seen; they save so many lives and make so many people happy. If I were still there, I would be working with them. It's heart-warming to see all that they do.

Terri40

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization who does so many great things for our community. They do some of the best work out there.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Lap Dog Rescue of NM is such a great organization for rescuing dogs! Adopting my puppy from them was the easiest and most rewarding experience!! I highly recommend LDR to anyone I meet. The outstanding service LDR of NM provides is next to none. The time and dedication the volunteers put in for these sweet animals is inspiring!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our dog Roscoe with Lap Dog Recue in May 2014. Brian and his team were so welcoming and easy to work with. They took fantastic care of Roscoe, rescuing him from a dangerous, neglectful situation and giving him a full vetting before we picked him up. Roscoe is a happy, loving dog and we have no doubt it's thanks to the fantastic care he got from Lap Dog Recue.

Patty36

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Several friends of mine work as volunteers/foster homes and a few of my friends have acquired their dogs through this great organization. I have helped one friend apply for a dog which she will receive today. The organization works to insure that each and every pet who come into their possession go to a reliable, safe and capable home as soon as possible. When reports of abuse are made public, Lap Dog is their to help foster the abused animals, vetted and find the animals forever loving homes. In several instances Lap Dog has also help fund vet bills for dogs who are in need of medical assistance and no funds are available. My next dog will come through the assistance of Lap Dog. I currently have three rescue dogs who fill my home with love, affection and piles of dog hair.

Denise78

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted Sherman about a week ago. He is a great pooch. I had been looking for quite a while, for the right pet, and thanks to Lap Dog Rescue I found my new best friend. They were helpful and knowledgable in all I need to know to make the right choice.
Denise Mohr

H Diane S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I lost my Emily after 16 years in April of 2013. She was a rescue (actually left on my door step) that filled my life with joy, gave me strength when I faced challenges, and undying devotion that brought a specialness to each day. My heart was so empty, so I looked around to see where I could make a contribution. I found Lap Dog Rescue of NM through a friend. I became a volunteer, a foster parent, and now celebrate the addition of two darling fur kids.

Brian and all of the volunteers and foster parents at LDR-NM are incredible. Their tireless efforts inspire me to do "just a little more". The joy of adoption days when a fur kid finds just the right family brings tears to my eyes every time. I know that my Emily is watching over me and sharing my joy.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our first dog, Bob, from Lap Dog Rescue in 2011. We worried that he might not get along with our 17 year old dog, but Brian Spence assured me that Bob was a mellow little guy. Sure enough, when Bob and our older dog Buddy met, it's as if they knew each other for ever.

We then adopted another little sweetie, Bella, from Lap Dog Rescue. Brian described her to a "t." She is the most affectionate little girl and Bob adores her.

Lap Dog Rescue has the most terrific fosters, which helps these adoptables adjust from whatever they've been through before being rescued. LDR makes sure all potential families are fully vetted before they can adopt and home visit them to make sure gates and fences are secure.

I can't say enough about this organization - they are the best, most caring group of people I've met in the rescue community!!

Linda239

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I retired in February of 2011 I wanted to adopt a lap dog for companionship. I had previously owned large dogs, but as I am getting older, wanted a small dog that I could manage easily. Someone at work told me about Lap Dog Rescue and I went online and found Tasha! A little 10lb sweetie who LDR had rescued from a pound I believe and fixed her broken leg and she was ready for adoption. She is the sweetest dog and has brought me great joy. Also, she has become a therapy dog through Southwest Canine Corps of Volunteers and brings joy to people in nursing homes and hospitals. She just seems to know who needs a little extra love that day. My 91 year old mother adored her and Tasha brought her great happiness up until her recent passing. I thank Brian and the whole team for all they do, and look forward to many years with Tasha and thank them every day for rescuing my sweet girl.

Client Served

Rating: 5

In June of 2013, we adopted our Levi (formerly Zinkie/Tinkie) from Lap Dog Rescue of NM as we wanted a companion for our other rescue chihuahua. Lap Dog Rescue of NM is an amazing and hard working group of dedicated volunteers. If we were to be able to open our home to another small dog (we are at currently at our City's allowed max of pets, 5), Lap Dog Rescue would be our first choice to find another rescue.

Patricia85

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first met Brian Spence of Lapdog Rescue of New Mexico three years ago when I fell in love with a little puppy, Scuba Steve who was posted on their webpage. Since that time, I have adopted Scuba Steve, who is a wonderful little dog. I also drove to Clovis last Summer to pull two dogs from the local shelter, Paden and Finn who were subsequently fostered and have forever homes.

Last year I fostered a little pup, (Brandon aka Rowdy) who was pulled by Lapdog Rescue from the Valencia County Animal Shelter and he now has a wonderful forever home. I currently have another little foster puppy, Roscoe aka Bailey who is a wonderful additon to my dog pack.

Brian and Lapdog Rescue of New Mexico are so vital to saving dogs and puppies from being euthanized at local shelters around the state.