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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

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a person who suffers from depression, some days worse then others. One of my employers kept insisting I should get a dog for company as I have no family here. After a bit I started looking around and found lapdog rescue and I am so happy I did! I found my Taffy and Taco. mom and son and I love them dearly. Taffy - my pom- I think has some cat in her somewhere, Taco - pom-chi, has the the cutest little strut. having them to take care of gives me something to look forward to daily. they are a comfort, full of love and know when I am not feeling all the wall as they kind of surround me and we just hang out and play and talk to each other, or growl and wrestle. lol. Lap Dog Rescue made adopting them easy and painless, they were helpful with any questions I had, and are just really good people. When we went to pick up my kids, the foster home took care of 11 little ones and the one thing I noticed first was that everyone of them were happy. You could tell which had had a harder time of it because they came for extra attention and it was given to them. You can always tell when an abuse being whether animal or human feels secure and safe. They all knew they were safe, secure and well loved.

Jennie5

Client Served

Rating: 5

Lapdog rescue is very close and dear to our hearts for many reasons. When my husband and I were considering another dog, we wanted to find one that really needed a home. After looking at various rescues we saw a picture of Nardo. He looked so sweet with his one big beautiful eye. He had been abandoned at four weeks old at a high kill shelter with a very damaged eye. His chances for survival and for adoption were not good. Lapdog took him in and gave him a chance. They removed his damaged eye and worked tirelessly to find him a good home. They had him for a whole year before we found each other. I had already had experience with a pekingese before, and our other dogs just loved Nardo when they Lapdog came out to make sure our home was a good home for Nardo.
Later on, when Nardo had issues with his front legs, and had to have a very expensive surgery to fuse his ankle so he could walk, Lapdog helped us out with the expense! They even helped with our fundraiser for him. They are the most wonderful rescue I have ever had the pleasure of being in touch with. I don't know what all these poor little souls would do without them. Nardo was not an easy dog to deal with or place, but they gave him his best chance, and his is such a wonderful little love. Thank you, Lapdog, for saving our little Nardo, and for all the amazing work you do!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working with Lap Dog Rescue of New Mexico as a foster for the dogs has been an extremely rewarding experience. Lap Dog Rescue makes sure that these dogs get great homes. Their staff and volunteers work TIRELESSLY to save these dogs and go to a great expense to insure that they receive good care.
Caring for the dogs is the easy part. The hard part is letting them go. What makes that possible is knowing that they have found a wonderful forever home.

Stephen26

Client Served

Rating: 5

Lap dog rescue is simply amazing. I adopted my baby Josh from them for three reasons. To give my other boy a brother, to have another companion, and most importantly... Save a sweet animal. He has been such an asset to the family. I truly appreciated his foster mom visiting us multiple times to make sure he was getting a loving and safe home. It is so important that those visits and precautions are made. His first weeks were rough as he was scared and sad. He has now been with us for three years and is so happy and full of life playing with his brother all day and sleeping in a king bed! He also enjoys family vacations! Please support this organization. They are caring compassionate people and I am indebted to them forever for giving us my sweet boy!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a staff member of the Arthritis Foundation of NM. We invited Lap Dog Rescue to participate in our annual Arthritis Walk. We invite and promote dogs because arthritis effects them as well. Lap Dog Rescue's incredible team of volunteers jumped into action. They nominated a special rescue dog to honor as our dog hero. They promoted our event throughout the dog community. And on the day of the walk they presented themselves in a professional and fantastic way. We would partner with them again in a heartbeat!!!

Casey11

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a dog from Lap Dog Rescue a year ago who had been rescued from our high kill pound. He is the sweetest, little bitty dog, who fit into our family of 3 dogs perfectly. They save dogs from all over the state from high kill pounds. I gather blankets, towels and newspapers and give them a call, and Barb comes and gets them. I have also made several dog beds for them to use or sell, whatever fits their needs. They are a wonderful organization saving and adopting dogs into their furever homes. Anything said is totally positive about this group.

MandieG13

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can’t say enough wonderful things about Lap Dog Rescue of New Mexico. I adopted my Lula girl from Lap Dog Rescue in June of 2012. She was rescued by Lap Dog from the Valencia County pound, who had her on the list to be euthanized because she is deaf and was a stray. Thank goodness for the loving hearts at Lap Dog Rescue – they saved my girl. She is such a loving, precious soul that deserved a chance, just like all of the dogs out there deserve. Lap Dog Rescue will go to the ends of the Earth to help a dog in need. They save dogs from the pound, take in dogs that owners surrender, and they do it with such love and compassion. They give hope where others just walk away. I will always and forever be a supporter of Lap Dog Rescue.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted a dog from Lap Dog Rescue about three months ago. She is absolutely beautiful inside and out and has enhanced our lives! We cannot imagine our lives without her.This organization is amazing! They are honest, caring and really love and care for the dogs they rescue.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I adopted my first dog from Lap Dog Rescue. Eight years later, I now have seven dogs from the same organization. I volunteer at adoptathons any chance I get because I believe in the mission: great dogs to great homes. The board members and fellow volunteers are outstanding. I recommend this group daily!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

This charity is really good for the dogs! The current president is awesome and wonderful! The problem is the vice president- what a jerk. I feel bad for this organization when he takes over. He is uneducated and rude. He has no idea how hard it really is out there in the real word without his mommy taking care of him while he pretends to be a business man - while he is really a glorified dog sitter.