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Lap Dog Rescue of New Mexico

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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 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.


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.


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!


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.