Companion Animal Rescue Effort (CARE)

Companion Animal Rescue Effort Helpline: (505) 533-CARE (2273)


A growing body of research has shown that people who abuse animals rarely stop there. Seventy-one percent (71%) of women seeking shelter from abuse reported that their partners had threatened, injured, or killed one or more family pets. Harm or threat of harm to a pet can be used to control, intimidate, and terrorize a domestic violence victim who has a strong emotional attachment to their pet. Not surprisingly, many people delay leaving an abusive situation because they are afraid for their animals. Countless more never leave home at all for this reason.

Companion Animal Rescue Effort (CARE) provides financial assistance through mini-grants covering expenses for emergency veterinary care and temporary safe boarding of companion animals for people escaping domestic violence and consults with domestic violence service providers to develop on-site co-housing and boarding for companion animals. Operating a helpline for survivors and service providers, CARE empowers individuals to leave abusive home environments by coordinating temporary housing for companion animals, livestock and exotic animals. Temporary homes are provided through a network of government agencies, 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.  CARE is funded by CYFD through a partnership between the New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Animal Protection New  Mexico.

"I stayed because of my dogs. If the abuse was physical only it would have been easier to recover from, however, the emotional abuse took a toll. I felt stuck. We were afraid to leave. The Haven House and the CARE program have been a huge comfort to me and my family. You all returned a foundation for me that had been taken from us due to the violent abuse. We could not have escaped the situation we were in and gotten out if it hadn't been for the CARE program providing this invaluable service to allow us to leave with our pets."

In State Fiscal Year 2022, CARE program advocates assisted 119 domestic violence survivors and provided safety for 118 companion animals.  28 survivors and their dependents reported finding safe shelter due to the CARE program.