Growing Recognition of The Link, Support for CARE Network Expansion
NM Link Conference, CARE Forum, Link Awareness Month
Sophie, a survivor of domestic violence herself, joins APNM’s Sherry Mangold to share her story with schools and communities across New Mexico.
There’s a lot going on in September to increase public awareness about The Link between animal cruelty and other forms of human violence, and the response has been very supportive.
THIS WEEK: On Sept. 28, the First Unitarian Animal Advocates will host a Community Forum on APNM’s Companion Animal Rescue Effort (CARE). APNM’s Sherry Mangold and Sharon Jonas will discuss The Link and how CARE helps animals and their families to escape a violence home. Sophie, an Italian Greyhound who, along with her owner, survived a harrowing attack in a domestic violence incident a few years ago, will also be there. Sophie now enjoys a successful career as a therapy dog.
On Sept. 3, the Albuquerque City Council officially proclaimed September as The Link Awareness Month. Tammy Fiebelkorn, Chairperson for the Forming Positive Links Committee, Jeannette Baca, our CARE Partner at The New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NMCADV), and APNM’s CARE Program Coordinator, Sharon Jonas, were all invited to receive the Proclamation and to speak briefly at the Council meeting. Council member Rey Garduño presented the Proclamation, and several others commented on the significance of recognizing The Link in our community. As Sharon made her way through Council handshakes, several Council members expressed gratitude for APNM’s important work on this and other issues.
Daniel Abram, APNM’s Deputy Director, was featured in two excellent radio interviews about CARE and The Link, airing on Sept. 2 on KSFR Santa Fe Public Radio and with Pam Wiseman, Executive Director of the NM Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NMCADV), on KSFR’s Santa Fe Radio Cafe on Sept. 16. On Sept. 5, Tammy Fiebelkorn was also interviewed about The Link on KSFR’s Animal Talk. Presentations by NM Senator Nancy Rodriguez, Alex Bazan of U.S. Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham’s office, NMCADV’s Pam Wiseman, and APNM staff during the Aug. 25 CARE Launch Event at the New Mexico State Capitol can now be seen online.
Sept. 8-12, twenty-two Animal Control and Law Enforcement Officers participated in a weeklong training on Investigating Animal Cruelty in Las Cruces. This was the second training in New Mexico that APNM helped to promote and facilitate as part of our ongoing effort to expand training opportunities for those charged with enforcing animal cruelty laws throughout the state; another seventeen officers attended earlier this year in Albuquerque. The National Animal Cruelty Investigations School brought instructors from around the country for the weeklong training, and scholarships were provided by The ASPCA. APNM staff presented a short discussion about our programs and services working closely with ACO’s and law enforcement, including our statewide Animal Cruelty Hotlines, CARE, and the Equine Protection Fund.
On Sept. 22, the Forming Positive Links Committee held their 2014 New Mexico Conference on The Link at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. About 200 participants registered from across the state. This annual conference brings local and national experts together and focuses on collaborative efforts to identify and stop abuse, investigate cases, and provide proper treatment for abusers.
Also this month, APNM staff is actively reaching out to grow our CARE Network of Safe Haven Providers. If you or someone you know would like to join our CARE Network, providing a safe temporary (30-90 days) foster home, boarding facilities, or transport services, please contact APNM right away (505-265-2322, ext. 23) or download the CARE Service Provider Application from our website. All CARE participants are kept confidential and anonymous. A packet of the application and other CARE Service Provider materials can be sent by mail upon request.
If you know someone with companion animals who is experiencing domestic violence and needs help, victims or advocates can call the CARE Hotline at 1.844.323.CARE (2273).
APNM's CARE Hotline (844) 323-CARE (2273)
National Domestic Violence Hotline (800) 799-SAFE (7233)
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