Lap Dog Rescue of New Mexico  © 2013

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We publish 3 newsletters every year, to keep you updated on what we have been up to, and to thank all the people who have helped us or adopted from us!


The current issue is here!

Our Veterinary Clinics are top-notch, not only sterilizing our little ones, mirochipping and giving all of their shots, they have saved an amazing number of animals for us!



Our adoption clinics are held indoors between the hours of 11:00 am and 3:00 pm.


We’ve got lots of great upcoming events.  Please click on MORE below to see our Calendar of Events and find out where we will be and what we will be doing.  You’re invited to join us for the fun!

Many people ask for directions to our facility so that they can view our available animals. Lap Dog Rescue of New Mexico is NOT a shelter. We have a network of foster homes where our animals are temporarily 'homed.'


Our animals do not live in kennels. They are treated as family pets so that they can socialize and become well-mannered. They will only be placed in homes where they will be accepted as part of the adopting family. If you are looking for a gift or a guard dog, you don't want to talk to us.


Our critters come from many sources: animal shelters state-wide; private homes where the animal's companion has become hospitalized, institutionalized, or has died; and actual rescues from dangerous or abusive situations.









Adoption Clinic Policy


Currently, we are keeping our adoptables on Facebook!  Don't worry!  You can see them even if you don't have an account! Just click on the button below!



There has been a lot of hubbub on the news and on the internet lately about parvo. Here are a few facts:


Puppies need to be vaccinated starting at about 8 weeks old, every 3 weeks until they are about 16 weeks old. The reason for this is that mom's antibodies interfere with the vaccine. After 16 weeks, mom's antibodies aren't there anymore, so the vaccine will work in one dose. If the pup presents for his first vaccine over 16 weeks old, he will be protected by one dose of Modified Live parvo vaccine.


Remember that vaccines given by owners may not be as effective as those from your vet. Vaccines at feed stores are often of poor quality, or may not have been stored properly. For the best protection, make sure your puppy is vaccinated on a good schedule by a veterinarian. Puppies less than 16 weeks of age should not be allowed to go to dog parks, etc. where they could be exposed to parvo. Once they have had a shot after 16 weeks, they should be able to play in parvo and not catch it.


Adult dogs only need to be vaccinated for parvo every 3 years, as the initial vaccines probably give lifelong immunity, but we booster them occasionally just to help the ones whose immunity may drop.


As far as the current outbreak, we have not seen any parvo in well vaccinated dogs. Dogs with parvo have very characteristic symptoms. First they stop eating, then they vomit, then they get diarrhea, usually after several days of being sick. If the first symptom is bloody diarrhea, it probably is not parvo.


I am not trying to downplay the importance of any illnesses that other vets are seeing in the area, but merely pointing out that there is no reason for people with healthy, well vaccinated dogs to be worried about parvo.


Please keep your puppies safe, and if your pet is showing signs of illness, bring them to the vet!


Vickie J. Averhoff,  DVM

Join our Virtual Rescue Squad!  This is a great way to help us save New Mexico Shelter Dogs.  If you donate any amount over $200 you can even name your dog and be recognized as their official virtual rescuer on our website and Facebook page!  To become a Virtual Rescuer, just click on the icon and print out the attachment, fill it in and send it to us with your donation.  Or, if you prefer to pay online, just click on Donate or Just Give and indicate in the notes or dedication section the name you suggest for your rescued dog.  Thank you!