Alaska Equine Rescue

Last Updated on August 22, 2023 by Hannah Stevens

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Alaska Equine Rescue, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is managed by a dedicated group of volunteer directors. Their passion for horses and other equines drives their goal to assist Alaska’s starving, neglected, and abused hooved animals in the state of Alaska. The following are current board members and officers:

  • Heather Robb, President and Certified Equine Cruelty Investigator
  • Kellie Ballard, Vice President and Certified Equine Cruelty Investigator
  • Becky Ross, Secretary and Certified Equine Cruelty Investigator
  • Gary Ross, Treasurer
  • Jesi Beaucamp, Board Member
  • Lori Hackberger, Board Member
  • Judi Heathcock, Board Member


  • AER takes in neglected horses to give them a responsible, loving home and nurture them.
  • AER offers a temporary aid for horses and their owners who require assistance with hay, grain, veterinary, or farrier services.
  • AER offers foster care for horses in the custody of local or state authorities as requested. Horses may be taken into protective custody or voluntarily surrendered.
  • AER can accept horses from private owners who are unable to keep them and make other arrangements. The availability of resources and the ability to adopt the horse, and other circumstances, however, may affect the acceptance of horses into the group.
  • AER will accept calls from anyone who wishes to report neglect or abuse. They also do not disclose the identities of anonymous callers to authorities.


  • AER is not a law enforcement agency. It does not seize horses from private owners.
  • Alaska State Troopers or Animal Control (law enforcement agencies) may take a horse into protective custody, and AER will provide foster care services for the agency upon their request. However, the horse will remain under their control until final disposition is made. If the agency or the owner legally relinquishes ownership and title of an animal to AER, the animal becomes their property. It may then be adopted out to a permanent home once it is ready.
  • AER cannot settle civil ownership disputes. They will not investigate if there is evidence of abuse, neglect or cruelty. They will defer to law enforcement to begin the investigation.
  • AER is not considered a sanctuary. They do not accept aged or unusable horses that owners can take care of, unless there is an element of cruelty, neglect, or abuse.


Your donations and support will allow them to provide feed, vet, and farrier care for horses in need. These will also fund the scholarship program to educate law enforcers and other equine professionals through Code 3 Associates Certified Equine Investigations Academy.

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