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Team Teddy Rides Again! Santa Fe Century May 20

Pedal or donate: Calling all Cyclists, and those
ready to pledge to help animals

Team Teddy Cycles for Animal Protection Training

On May 20, 2012, cyclists from around the state 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 the memory of a charismatic pit bull, will make the trek again in 2012 as they did last year.


Team Teddy is 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: George Henke.

You can make a pledge of 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). 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.

Or you can ride with the pack! Want to join the fun, get fit and help raise money for NACA scholarships? If you are interested in doing a 25, 50 or 100-mile ride with the team, contact Randi Bildner at randi@apnm.org. Remember the Santa Fe Century is a ride, not a race. It is intended to be fun and safe, and you can choose the riding distance in accordance with your riding abilities.

So whether you ride or donate to the cause, know that your contribution will be providing crucial and state-of-the-art training for New Mexico’s law enforcement officers in the field of animal control and services through NACA. 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.

Teddy, who passed away in 2010, inspired a team of cycling enthusiasts and has become the mascot for “Team Teddy.” The team offers this mantra: “Our spirits are strong and driven because Teddy is within us. Teddy was bold, courageous, loving and never gave up. May we live up to our team's great namesake. We ride for him; the gift of his life, his memory, his bravery, his love and his beautiful spirit. Photo: Karol Dellit.


Teddy Lew the pit bull had a great life. APNM’s Development Assistant, Randi Bildner, adopted him as a puppy. His big smile, love of people and other dogs and his charismatic personality won the hearts of those around him. He was living proof that, when raised in a nurturing environment, pit bulls are not inherently “dangerous dogs” as we often hear about in the media and see in misguided city and county policies. Teddy’s spirit lives on in Team Teddy and the Teddy Fund!

Related Links:
Santa Fe Century
National Animal Control Association (NACA)

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