mailing address: P.O. Box 113265
Anchorage, Alaska 99511-3265
Alaska Equine Rescue is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to
help starving, neglected and abused hooved animals in Alaska,
especially horses. We try to prevent future instances of starvation and
neglect through a network of education and teamwork.
small group of concerned horse owners in Fairbanks, Alaska founded
Alaska Equine Rescue (AER) in 1990 when they tried to help a group of
emaciated, neglected horses, discovered quite by accident. Efforts to
get help from local and state authorities were unsuccessful, in spite
of media coverage, photos and footage of undeniably neglected horses.
by their long and unsuccessful ordeal of trying to help 20-some animals
in desperate need of help, these caring individuals officially formed
Alaska Equine Rescue in late 1990 as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, non-profit
organization. AER is not membership-based, and is run by a board of
The original founders of AER traveled around
Alaska to major cities and held public meetings to introduce the new
organization and invite support. The word spread, and in spite of many
challenges, AER has grown and strengthened. AER's original Fairbanks
organizers are no longer with us, but we are extremely grateful for
their dedication and hard work during AER's formative, and sometimes
most difficult years. Since then, AER has relocated its "headquarters"
Many of the challenges that faced Alaska
Equine Rescue in its early years still exist today. Although there is
more awareness and cooperation from authorities compared to a decade
ago, more is needed. Local and state laws are poorly written and worse
yet, often times poorly enforced. The commercial use of horses is
unregulated and these animals are frequently unprotected. The education
of horse owners everywhere is an ongoing mission, and one with which we
must do a better job.
In spite of the many challenges
that animal welfare initiatives face all over Alaska, AER has received
tremendous public support from the horse community and just plain
animal lovers everywhere. We are very grateful to all of you who join
us in promoting the humane and responsible care for Alaska's horses.
Alaska Equine Rescue (AER) is an IRS Recognized 501(c)(3) organization formed in 1990.