Since its beginning in April 2001 the Arizona Equine Rescue Organization has operated from volunteer hours and charitable contributions from the community. The AERO Board of Directors is seeking to expand the organization to serve more horses and more children in need.

AERO has established strong relationships within the Valley's horse community and operates with four interrelated arms of the program: critical care rescue, rehabilitation, community outreach and community education. We work in collaboration with several youth related and equine health care programs across Maricopa County and we are actively building our collaborative network across the Valley.

Additionally, AERO is now working to establish a scholarship fund to help youth pursue animal care careers. If you're interested in how your organization can work with AERO, please contact us.

If you or others you know would like to volunteer time or talents to AERO, please contact us as we grow our youth and community programs.


Carol Lee Hobson
Soleil K. Dolce


Carol Lee Hobson, President and Founder
Soleil K. Dolce, Vice President
Linda Heinrich, Corporate Secretary
Sharene Goodroad, Treasurer
Debbie Johnstone, Development Director


Hope Schoenbrodt, Adoptahighway Coordinator
Annie Brown, Fundraising and Event Coordinator, Community Liaison
Shelly Poore, Petsmart Petwalk Coordinator, Brochure Creator
Gary Cloud, Volunteer Coordinator, Saturday Barn Manager
Madelyn Dunmire, Communications
Star Thornton, Trail Trial Competition Manager


Team Lead, Maricopa County Large Animal Resource Team (Disaster Planning)
Maricopa County Sheriff's Office MPCA Posse Support
Member, Better Business Bureau
Member, AQHA
Member, Arabian Horse Association
Member, Arizona State Horseman's Association
Member, North American Riding for the Handicapped Assoc., Inc.
Member, Josephson Institute of Ethics (Certified Character Counts Instructors)
First Responder and Trainers, Large Animal Rescue

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