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Sunrise In Paradise Pet Rescue

About Us

We created Sunrise in Paradise for the purpose of giving less-adoptable and often overlooked pets a second chance. We believe that every pet deserves to live their best life. We wish we were a real 501c3 nonprofit, but we're not. However, that won’t stop us from helping animals however we can. At our location, we take in all sorts of animals. Our amazing staff and team of veterinarians then help our guests become comfy and cozy. From regular exams to teeth cleanings, we try our best to make sure the animals have no pain and are at peace.

Mission Statement

Finding homes for less adoptable pets.


Located in Albuquerque, NM, we welcome all. We are open from 8:00 am to 5:30 pm Monday-Saturday. We are closed on Sundays. The map below depicts where you can find us.


Special needs dogs have a lot to give, but are a lot less likely to get adopted. You would spend more money, but otherwise, special needs dogs are almost the exact same as other dogs. Some dogs are difficult and almost impossible to deal with, but adopting a special needs dog can bring you joy like all other dogs. Special needs dogs' behavior can be hard to deal with, but will quickly become a loyal friend.

6.5 million pets are abandoned, lost, or surrendered every year. Out of that, not quite half are adopted. Even those who are lucky enough to find a home have a chance of returning to the shelter after a year. Homeless animals outnumber homeless people 5 to 1. Only 10% of dogs born will find a permanent home. Around 3.9 million dogs are abandoned or given up to shelters each year. 74.1% of lost dogs with good identification can be reunited with their owners. Only 25 - 30% of dogs in shelters are purebreds. The rest are mostly mutts!

Many disabled dogs are adopted, however a lot of them are surrendered after the first year. This is because they families don’t consider these questions:

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Senior dogs have a 25% adoption rate, while puppies and younger dogs have a 60% adoption rate.

Did you know that the average family is not looking for an elderly dog or cat? Most family’s go into shelters and look for a much younger animal. The main reason for this is because most elderly animals already have a health condition, and would live a much shorter lifespan.

Did you know that “when an animal is old, disabled, has been diagnosed with some illness, or simply isn’t as good-looking, its chances of getting adopted are compromised”? Did you know that “some of the most common less adoptable pets are black dogs and cats — since the color black is often associated with negativity”?

Did you know that “each year, New Mexico’s animal shelters take in over 135,000 homeless, lost and abandoned dogs and cats; of these, over 65,000 are euthanized annually”? The main problem is the lack of spayed/neutered animals. Spaying/neutering means the animal can no longer recreate.

Sources for Facts


You can't donate to us because we are not a real non-profit. However, there are some real non-profits you can donate to if you want.

Pawsitive Life Rescue

Animal Humane

Watermelon Mountain Ranch Animal Center

Paws and Stripes

Stray Hearts Animal Shelter

Lap Dog Rescue of New Mexico