What is CARE?
CARE empowers individuals to leave abusive home environments by providing emergency protective care through network of government and private organizations and individuals.
Hear a radio interivew of APNM's Daniel Abram with Zelie Pollon of Santa Fe public radio (101.1FM KSFR):
Become part of the solution!
Help provide a safe haven for the animal victims of domestic violence. APPLY TODAY to become part of our CARE Network! A packet of our new application materials can be sent by mail, or see the CARE Service Provider Application online.
Companion Animal Rescue Effort (CARE) is a network of safe havens for the animals of domestic violence victims in New Mexico. CARE empowers individuals to leave abusive home environments by providing temporary housing for companion animals, livestock and exotic animals. Temporary homes are provided through a network of government agencies and private agencies, veterinary clinics, groomers, boarding kennels and private individuals. Many of the safe havens within the New Mexico network are free of charge; others charge a nominal fee or operate on a sliding scale.
APNM provides information about the CARE program and information concerning the link between domestic violence and animal abuse to law enforcement officials, service providers and concerned citizens.
Resources for Victims of Domestic Violence in New Mexico
- APNM's CARE Program: 844-323-CARE(2273) | email
- Children, Youth & Families Department - Domestic Violence Resources: website | 1-800-797-3260
- National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE(7233) or TTY 1-800-787-3224
- New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence Provider Map
What can you do to help?
- To help a victim of domestic violence connect with our network service providers, please print and share a copy of the CARE brochure (available in English or Spanish).
- Report instances of animal abuse by calling 877-5-HUMANE.
- If you, your agency or business would like to join the CARE Network to help provide a safe temporary (30-90 days) foster home, boarding facility, or transport services for a companion animal in need, please fill out and submit the CARE Service Provider Application or contact APNM. (All participants are kept confidential and anonymous.)
- Help expand our capacity to meet this critical need across the state. Please share this information with other compassionate individuals and businesses to become part of our CARE Network.
With your support, both human and animal victims of domestic violence will have greater access to the services they need to find a safe haven and a fresh start!
If you or someone you know is concerned for the well-being of a companion animal:
- Gather materials to establish ownership of your animal. Obtain a license, vaccination records, and/or veterinary receipts in your name. Keep photographs depicting you with your animal. This helps to establish your legal claim to the animal.
- When contacting a service provider, let them know you are concerned for your animal(s) well-being. You do not have to leave your animal(s) behind. Service provides have access to the CARE network and will can help obtain a safe place for your animal until you are able to relocate.
Information for Domestic Violence Service Providers:
For resource referrals in your community or to assist a client with emergency care and housing for their animal(s), please contact the CARE Program Director or call the CARE Hotline at 844-323-CARE (2273).
Reports & Articles
- CARE Network Saves Lives
- Safe Haven for Sophie
- Historic Partnership Expands CARE Program Services
Abuse of Animals and Domestic Violence: A National Survey of Shelters
for Women Who are Battered," an article published in Society
and Animals by Frank Ascione, Claudia Weber, and David Wood
- Facts about Animal Abuse and Domestic Violence
- Contact CARE
- New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence
- What a Difference CARE Can Make
- Pet First Aid and other Mobile Apps for Disaster Prep from the American Red Cross