Welcome to Lap Dog Rescue of New Mexico
Lap Dog Rescue of New Mexico (LDRNM) is a rescue organization whose mission is to recover, rehabilitate and permanently rehome New Mexico’s small companion dogs who find themselves living in shelters, unsuitable homes or navigating other harsh conditions. The stories are ongoing and the needs never end. Lap Dog Rescue of New Mexico was founded during the mid-1990’s by Marie Steele and Tamara Marquez-Nugent and granted its Federal 501C-3 status as a non-profit charitable organization in 2001. LDRNM is overseen today by Marie’s son, Brian Spence, President of LDRNM, and supported by dedicated volunteers from all over the state. Our small army of animal champions enables us to respond whenever the need arises and wherever it arises.
When asked, LDRNM has stepped in to help with emergency “round ups” in hoarding situations or to ease the strain on overcrowded shelters. Since its inception, LDRNM has never deviated from its commitment to bring as many dogs as possible off the streets, away from danger and delivered safely into our network of caring foster homes where they can be temporarily 'rehomed' and socialized. Once in our system, rescues are placed in one of our foster homes where they will be accepted as “part of the family” and treated with the care and tenderness needed to restore their trust and confidence. Appointments are made by the foster for the dog to receive thorough medical checkups and any treatments required to restore them to good health and adoptable condition. After they are evaluated, treated and considered healthy enough, we carefully screen each adopting applicant – which includes meeting qualified applicants in their homes - to ensure they will provide a good, caring and stable home for their dog. And of course, we also consider whether the dog will be good match for their new family.
LDRNM has saved literally thousands of New Mexico dogs. In 2017 we rescued over 700 and re-homed or helped to rehome more than 620. These numbers have continued to grow year after year. LDRNM has worked tirelessly to rehome these little companions and we are proud that our efforts and caring philosophy have been recognized:
2016: Weekly Alibi cited LDRNM as one of New Mexico’s Best non-profits for Animals and one of the Best Pet Rescue Groups
2014 - 2017: Albuquerque The Magazine named Lap Dog Rescue one of the Top 5 Best Places to Adopt a Dog.
2014 and 2018: Albuquerque Journal Readers’ Choice Awards named LDRNM one of New Mexico’s top non-profits.
2013 - 2017: Recognized as a Top Non-Profit by GreatNonProfits.org.
2018: Albuquerque Journal Readers’ Choice Awards named LDRNM first place in Pet Adoption, second place in Animal Rescue and third place in Up-and-Coming Nonprofit.