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The time is now! Please Donate as “Team Teddy”
Cycles to Enhance Education for Animal Control Officers

“Team Teddy” rides The Santa Fe Century Sunday, May 20, 2012

“Team Teddy” and “The Teddy Fund” are helping APNM provide law enforcement officers with training in effective techniques for animal control/care and cruelty investigations. This training saves lives and makes our communities safer.

“Team Teddy” and “The Teddy Fund” are helping APNM provide law enforcement officers with training in effective techniques for animal control/care and cruelty investigations. This training saves lives and makes our communities safer. Photo: Karol Dellit

On May 20, 2012, cyclists from around the country will participate in the 27th Annual Santa Fe Century bicycle ride. This year’s riders will traverse 100 miles and 100 years of history along the historic Turquoise Trail and into the Estancia Valley. APNM’s “Team Teddy”, formed in memory of a charismatic pit bull, will make the trek again in 2012 as they did last year.

Please pledge to show your support for our riders and help them raise funds that benefit animals in New Mexico. All proceeds raised through pledges are designated to “The Teddy Fund” which was set up at APNM to provide scholarships for New Mexico animal control officers to attend training through the National Animal Control Association (NACA) and other educational institutions.

NACA, established in 1978, provides training for all those involved with animal control/care agencies and offers a means for communication among all agencies involved with animals throughout the world. It has become a widely recognized and respected world leader in the field of animal protection and care. In the last eight years, through "Team Teddy" and other fundraising efforts, APNM has underwritten over $75,000 in training scholarships and stipends for officers throughout the state. For more information about NACA, visit nacanet.org.

You can pledge online for our riders or send a check to APNM, PO Box 11395, Albuquerque, NM 87192, and indicate “TEAM TEDDY” on the check.

“The Teddy Fund” in Action!
Randi Bildner, Development Associate for Animal Protection of New Mexico and founder of APNM’s “The Teddy Fund” with Officer Garrett, a proud recipient of training thanks to “The Teddy Fund.”

Last summer Officer Ryan D. Garrett used funds from “The Teddy Fund” to attend a course by Code 3 Associates to enhance his education; this will have a direct and positive impact on his career and the animals in his care. Officer Garrett is a great example of Animal Protection of New Mexico’s "Teddy Fund" in action!

Code 3 Associates offer a diverse and informative set of academies and classes focused on animal issues in humane investigations and disaster response. These courses are designed to educate a wide variety of professionals, including animal control officers, veterinary professionals, first responders, animal welfare workers, Department of Agriculture employees and members of animal rescue groups. Nationally accepted certifications are offered for the classes where there are recognized standards. For the classes that do not yet have accepted standards, Code 3 Associates is working to develop certifications while continuing to offer these very important subjects. In all cases, the instructors used are experts in their field and have been chosen for their dynamic style of instruction.

Code 3 Associates’ Equine Investigation's Academy, all new Cruelty Investigator’s Academy, Big Useful Livestock Lessons and Animal Disaster Responder Academy are now certified in partnership with Colorado State University and Colorado State University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital. 

Here is Officer Garrett’s perspective on the training:
  Randi, all I can say is THANK YOU!!!! This was by far the BEST Training I have taken to date. It was very hands on and VERY, VERY informational.

In a nut shell we learned how to properly secure and remove injured or trapped livestock, how to properly move and handle livestock and how to set up and do a livestock triage. All of this information has better equipped me and my department for any and ALL emergency situations involving livestock here in Bernalillo County.

Again, THANK YOU so much for the scholarship for this course. I am very grateful for it.


Officer Ryan Garrett
Bernalillo County Animal Care Services

Thank you, Officer Garrett, for all you do! Your enthusiastic approach to the humane care and treatment of animals enhances our entire New Mexican community.

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