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"Team Teddy" Rides Again!
Cyclists Complete the 2012 Santa Fe Century Ride
On May 20, 2012, over 3000 cyclists set out on the 27th annual Santa Fe Century Ride. Among them were four cyclists pedaling toward a very special goal. They are known as “Team Teddy,” and, once again, they rode for a cause: to generate funding to underwrite scholarships for New Mexico animal control officers to attend advanced training from the National Animal Control Association (NACA).

"Team Teddy" participants (from top) Karol D., Charles Fox, and Christina Basler. All of the funds raised will be donated to the "Teddy Fund."

This year’s ride consisted of 100 miles and 100 years of history along the historic Turquoise Trail and into the Estancia Valley. The team riders, Christina Basler, Charles Fox, Karol D., and Animal Protection of New Mexico's own Randi Bildner elicited pledges for their miles from friends, family and other supporters. The outcome: Team Teddy raised over $900 for completing a cumulative 300 miles!

The funds raised will be designated for the Teddy Fund, a special account set up at APNM to provide New Mexico animal control officers with the nationally acclaimed NACA training.

Lil’ Teddy Lew
The Teddy Fund was established at APNM in the name of a special pit bull. His caretaker and best friend, APNM’s Assistant Fundraiser Randi Bildner, wanted a way to memorialize her dog after he passed away on July 7, 2010. Bildner says, “I wanted Teddy’s legacy to live forever, and I specifically wanted an educational aspect to be associated with his name. NACA was the perfect cause as they provide training and support for those who are on the front lines of animal protection in our state, the animal control officers. The courses are very expensive so donations are greatly needed. NACA training produces officers who are ‘the cream of the crop'. I cannot think of a better way to honor my Teddy!”

Team Teddy rider Christina Basler states: “I was attracted to Team Teddy initially because the fund was named in memory of a pitbull, and I'm a big fan of the "bully" breeds.  I have my own pittie, named Mira, who is a wonderful, sweet, intelligent dog.  I want to do all I can for animal advocacy and I figure if I can raise money for animals while riding my bike, then it's an all-around great thing.”

About NACA

The National Animal Control Association is a world leader in animal protection and sets the standard for professionalism and competency in humane law enforcement by providing training, education, support services and certification in key skills required for animal control officers’ field work.

How You Can Help
APNM is always accepting donations to the Teddy Fund to support the tireless work of New Mexico’s animal control officers. Consider a donation to the cause by sending a check designated to Team Teddy: APNM, P.O. Box 11395, Albuquerque, NM 87192 or donate online at www.apnm.org.

- National Animal Control Association
- Teddy Fund 

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