What is CARE?


CARE empowers individuals to leave abusive home environments by providing emergency protective care through a network of government and private organizations and individuals.


CARE: Bringing Relief in Real Time - And Building a Network for Emergency Response: A message from APNM’s CARE Program Manager

Hear what domestic violence survivors say about the CARE program.

Hear a radio interivew of APNM's Daniel Abram with Zelie Pollon of Santa Fe public radio (101.1FM KSFR):

Santa Fe Radio Cafe Interview


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 Helpline: 505-803-3770 | 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 request copies of our CARE brochure (available in English or Spanish), please call (505) 803-3770.
  • 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 (505) 803-3770


Animal Safety and Planning

Pet-Friendly Rentals download here.
Pet-Friendly Hotels – See bottom of APNM's Safety Planning page
Creating an Emergency Kit for your animals
RedRover Relief - Domestic Violence Grants and Resources for Individuals and Shelters

Reports & Articles