"Team Teddy" Hits the Ground Running

Alan Edmonds (APNM Cruelty Case Manager) ran the Duke City Marathon, for Teddy!


Alan Edmonds, Animal Protection of New Mexico's (APNM) Cruelty Case Manager, ran in the Duke City Marathon on Sunday, October 21, 2012 in an effort to raise money for Teddy Fund, a special account set up at APNM to provide New Mexico animal control and law enforcement officers with scholarships for nationally acclaimed training offered by the National Animal Control Association (NACA).

Congratulations Alan, you did it! To celebrate Alan’s accomplishment, APNM is asking members and supporters to please donate to this worthy cause! Your contribution will be providing crucial, state-of-the-art NACA training for New Mexico’s law enforcement officers in the field of animal control and services. A contribution will also thank Alan not only for his hard work in the event, but for his responsiveness, day in and day out, to animal cruelty case calls that he receives from citizens around the state.

About NACA

The National Animal Control Association, established in 1978, offers training for those involved with animal control/care agencies and provides 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, setting the standard for professionalism and competency in humane law enforcement by providing training, education, support services and certification in key skills required for animal related case work.

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.

The Teddy Fund

"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

The Teddy Fund was established at APNM in the name of a special pit bull, Li’l Teddy Lew. His "mom," APNM’s Development Associate Randi Bildner, wanted a way to memorialize Teddy after he passed away on July 7, 2010. Bildner says, "I wanted Teddy’s legacy to live forever, and I specifically wanted an educational cause to be associated with his name. The National Animal Control Association (NACA) was a perfect fit! NACA provides training and support for animal control professionals on the front lines of animal protection in our state. While the courses are modestly priced and are a great value, they still require a commitment of funds. So donations are greatly needed to support training scholarships, which cost about $500 for a whole week of classes. NACA training produces officers who are ‘the cream of the crop'. I cannot think of a better way to honor my Teddy!"

How You Can Help

APNM is always accepting donations to the "Teddy Fund" to support the tireless work of New Mexico’s animal control and law enforcement 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.

Related Links:

National Animal Control Association

Teddy Fund 

Duke City Marathon Results