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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

2 Monica81

Donor

Rating: 5

Love Lapdog Rescue so much that we donate $$ monthly through my husband's work/United Way account. Their FaceBook updates are awesome and heartwarming each time a dog has been photographed with their new family!

2 Rachel150

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is one of the best rescues. The love and effort that this team puts into ensuring they rescue as many dogs as possible is amazing. We are blessed to have one of their rescues in our family.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We love what Lap Dog Resuce does. Our beloved Rascal was rescued by them and luckily for became one of our family members. Bryan is an amazing person.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

They are wonderful. They got us Sage and Jack two wonderful dogs. Thanks Lap Dog

2

Donor

Rating: 5

Love, love, love Lap Dog Rescue! They do amazing things!

1 Denise134

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Love their work! They save so many animals that otherwise would be put to sleep

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We found our perfect little dog through this organization, and I can't say enough about the big hearts and dedication of these volunteers!

2 Ifversen

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Best rescue we have fostered for by far. The dedication Lap Dog has to save as many dogs is amazing. They rescued our little Luna, an Airedale terrier! at 4 weeks old, and cared for her for three years until she was healthy enough to be adopted, by us! And Comet is getting the same care, a paralyzed dog who needs several surgeries to make him more mobile and happy! I am honored to be affiliated with them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

LDRNM saves hundreds of dogs a year. As a foster family we have been able to care for 100 dogs to date, and I get to keep in contact with some of the families. Other rescues I have worked with fosters have no say... Plus, we got our Luna from them and they are a huge support for us with her!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Both of my little babies are from Lap Dog..I have Bella (one of the punkinaters) she tuned 9 on Sunday!! And Gracie (she was from a puppy mill out of state, a Maltese). She didn't want anyone to touch her. Both Brian and I had to coax her to come to us. Bella was a puppy and she always knows we love her. We had to work for Gracie's love and it was so worth it!! They light up our life! How did we get so lucky, Thanks to Lap Dog Rescue of New Mexico, they made the process easy and painless. If we had a question they answered it. They are truly selfless, and are dedicated to finding caring homes for all their wards. Great organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of being involved with this rescue group as a foster. From the President to the organizers to the more experienced fosters, they are all kind hearted, caring, helpful and really work well together to make this organization great. We all respect and love these animals from day one and try to help them gain their dignity back to find them wonderful homes.
I couldn't have joined a better organization.

Tammy124

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted two dogs through this organization. I cannot recommend them highly enough! They are doing a phenomenal job rescuing dogs and finding them forever homes.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer for Lapdog and think they are the best! Finding the right family for the right dog is such a priority for this rescue. Even though they are a smaller organization with a limited budget, they try and help special needs and seniors too. I am so proud to be associated with this wonderful group and the big difference they make in saving lives.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted Banjo through your organization. He is an awesome little dog. Gets along great with my huge dog and grandkids. He is a great addition to our family.

Gail66

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What a fanastic group of people thus rescue steps up when others can't. They help many of the rural areas

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have adopted two pups from lap dog rescue. They are amazing!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love this place. I lost my dog that was so my baby. I needed to fill that void. I look careful and said when I see my new baby I will know. Sue enough I saw my Wylie. Put in my application and waited my the phone. Got a call, answered a lot of questions, set a time to meet. In walked Wylie and I fell in love. He was very well taken care of. He is spoiled rotten and I love every inch of him. Thank You for doing such a wonderful job.

Arvizu F.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Lap Dog Rescue has helped make our family, and so many other families, complete. They're dedication comes from the greatest part of human capacity, giving more of yourself than you will ever see in return. Thank you for you do. We love LDRNM!

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization is amazing. We have adopted a furbaby from them, volunteered at and attend several adoption events that they hosted. These people really care about what they do and at darn good at it.

Brenda101

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My experience with Lap Dog of NM is above amazing. I contacted them with 2 small terrier mix boys I had found. A friend ended up taking the older one and LDNM took younger one. He was placed with his furrever home within a month! I know the family's are carefully chosen and Cosmo will be loved. Thank you for all your help!

Cyndy L.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I called 1 hard night, and I don't know why, but I was able to talk to Marie. I shared I just lost my daddy (this was 9+ years ago) and I needed a "baby". She shared with me about a medium sized Yorkie cross. Later that week, a volunteer brought us this wonderful, amazing dog, Millie. After an hour long interview and Millie checking out our place, she was left with us for 2 weeks. After that, the volunteer returned to see how we all were doing and if okay, we then would sign adoption papers. Well, Millie was what they guessed was 4 yrs old, but that was fine with us! We were so in love with this baby, no way could we give her back! The volunteer stayed in contact with us for awhile, always checking how Millie was. Well, we were Blessed to have our Miss Millie until she crossed the Rainbow Bridge last summer. We miss her so much! But we were thankful for Marie and the volunteer for putting us together, but still checking on us for a while and watching over Millie's well being.
Thank you for allowing us to be Millie's forever home! We are forever grateful and will always have in our hearts Marie, the volunteer and mostly our Millie!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

One of the best nonprofit organizations in New Mexico. Doing a great job of saving our small dog population.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience adopting a rescue dog was top-notch! An incredible, caring set of people who are dedicated to finding good homes for these pets. The adoption process was smooth and it was evident that the foster that had my dog loved and cared for these dogs as though they were her own. Kudos to all!

2 Brian99

Board Member

Rating: 5


Some of the very best people to work with! Very dedicated and caring people who work to insure shelter dogs get a second chance in life and a happy home. We owe our success to them. Thank you from the bottom of my heart...

Brian

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Board Member

Rating: 5

It has been my pleasure to be a volunteer and President of this wonderful organization for the past 20 years. I cannot say enough about the level of commitment of our volunteers and fosters have shown in the rescuing and adopting of homeless dogs. I can only hope we can continue for another 20 years!

Wendy90

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Lap Dog Rescue of New Mexico continues to save pets lives! They are the best! I am so thankful that they are here for all of the animals! Thank you, LDNM!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Lap Dog is the best! They care so much for the pups and matching the right dog to the right people. They work their butts off doing what is right and best for everyone. Do yourself a favor, get involved with them. You won't be sorry!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Very caring volunteers who work hard to find dogs homes and make sure that they are healthy when adopted out 5 stars!

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!

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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.

1

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.