Our Team

Monica Ailey

President
Animal Cruelty Investigator

Monica's passion for emergency response and investigations started in 2005 when she spent several weeks in New Orleans rescuing displaced animals after Hurricane Katrina. That experience led her to obtain the credentials needed to continue such work in the animal response field. In doing so, she has traveled all over the United States with national organizations like Red Rover, ARC, and HSUS NDART teams responding to disasters and large scale cruelty situations. In late 2010, Monica accepted the position of Texas State Liaison for Animal Rescue Corps, focusing on cases of animal cruelty in the state of Texas. This position also aimed to build relationships with law enforcement, animal control officers, and animal organizations across the state, offering resources in cases of large scale animal abuse, neglect, hoarding, etc. Her work as Liaison led to addressing needs outside the state of Texas as well, which resulted in a regional role that led her to become one of ARC’s Lead Responders throughout the country. Upon resigning from ARC in 2013, Monica returned to her roots to focus on investigations and response in her home state of Texas. Her work has resulted in the rescuing of hundreds of animals in dire situations across the state. Not only do the animals thank her, but so do her colleagues, as she recently received the Justice Award from Legacy Humane Society for these efforts.

Monica obtained her National Animal Cruelty certifications through the University of Missouri Columbia Law Enforcement Training Institute and is certified by the Texas Department of State Health Services as a Texas Animal Control Officer. She is Texas Academy of Animal Control Euthanasia Training certified and overall holds 24 related certifications including FEMA, Red Cross, Pet CPR, and National Disaster Response.

Monica is a pit bull advocate who shares her couch with four rescued pits – all of which she fostered and ultimately adopted.

 

Paige Anderson

Executive Director
Animal Cruelty Investigator

Paige began her career in animal advocacy simply by rescuing street dogs, addressing their medical needs, and finding them loving new homes. Seeing the great need in Dallas and realizing that she couldn’t do it alone, she started volunteering and fostering with an organization called Animal Rescue of Texas.  From there, she began focusing on animal investigation and emergency response, working with Animal Rescue Corps, a nation-wide organization. Through her work with ARC, Paige deployed to many states witnessing firsthand the horrors of hoarding, puppy mills, and dog fighting. In 2013, she opted to leave ARC to concentrate on the specific needs of animals in Texas, and since then has worked tirelessly alongside rescue organizations, law enforcement, and legislative networks across the state on behalf of the voiceless.

Paige recently received the Justice Award from Legacy Humane Society for her advocacy and investigative work partnering with local agencies to build criminal cruelty cases against large-scale animal abusers. Additionally, Paige has served as President of Animal Rescue of Texas, a non-profit animal rescue group who has saved and homed over 700 previously discarded and unwanted pets. Ever striving to stay current in her field, her certifications include Texas Department of State Health Services, Certified Animal Control Officer, University of Missouri Columbia Law Enforcement Training Institute, Expert National Animal Cruelty Investigator, Certified Community Emergency Response Team, and Texas Academy of Animal Control Certified Euthanasia Training. She also attends multiple conferences and seminars yearly to continue her education and expand her advocacy network.

Paige currently resides in Dallas with her husband, 4 dogs, and of course an ever-changing roster of foster pups.

 

OUR BOARD

Shelby Bobosky

Director

Ms. Bobosky attended the University of Kentucky for her undergraduate degree, earning a double major in History and Spanish in 1996. She then attended the University of Tulsa Law School and spent a year as a visiting law student at Northwestern University School of Law graduating in 1999. In 1999, Ms. Bobosky moved from Chicago, Illinois to Dallas, Texas, to begin her law practice. For the past sixteen years, Ms. Bobosky has continued practicing general civil litigation until recently when she decided to do only pro bono work putting in hundreds of hours for THLN as well as assisting animal welfare advocates and rescues when possible.  Ms. Bobosky was heavily involved in the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, co-chairing the Animal Welfare Committee for four years and raising thousands of dollars for local 501(c)(3) rescues during her terms.

Ms. Bobosky has been Vice President and Board Member with THLN since January 2011. Ms. Bobosky served as the Co-Legislative Chairman for THLN in the 2013 and 2015 sessions. She has traveled thousands of miles with THLN in order to promote its mission. Ms. Bobosky and her husband, three boys and three rescue dogs live in Dallas, Texas.

Ms. Bobosky has instructed many groups on legislative updates involving animal laws including but not limited to the following:

  • DAYL, Animal Welfare Committee, 2011 – "Legislative Update - Animals"
  • State Bar of Texas Annual Conference, 2012 – Animal Law Section, "Animal Legislative Update"
  • Dallas Area Paralegal Association, 2012 – "Animal Legislative Update"
  • DAYL, Animal Welfare Committee, 2012 "Legislative Update - Animals"
  • State Bar of Texas Annual Conference, 2013 – Animal Law Section, "Animal Legislative Update"
  • Humane Lobby Day, Austin, Texas, 2013 – "SB 360/HB 858 - Gassing Bill"
  • HSUS Meeting, Dallas, Texas, 2013 – "Discussion of Previous Animals Bills Passing in the 82nd Legislative Update and the Gassing Bill"
  • Houston Bar Association, Houston, Texas 2013 – "Animal Legislative Update"
  • Dallas Area Paralegal Association, 2013 – "Animal Legislative Update"
  • Wichita Falls Democratic Party Meeting, 2013 – "Animal Legislative Update"
  • Texas Unites, Austin, Texas – April 2015 - "Animal Legislative Update"
  • State Bar of Texas Annual Conference, 2014 – Animal Law Section, "Animal Legislative Update"
  • SPCA of Texas Critter Camps – Summer 2014
  • TFACS Conference, New Braunfels, Texas – January 2015, "Animal Legislative Update"
  • Humane Lobby Day, Austin, Texas, 2015 – "SB 360/HB 858 – Gassing Bill"
  • Texas Unites, Austin, Texas – April 2015 – "Animal Legislative Update"
  • Corpus Christi, Texas – "2015 Legislative Update on Animal Bills"
  • Wichita Falls, Texas – "2015 Legislative Update on Animal Bills"
  • Houston, Texas – "2015 Legislative Update on Animal Bills"
  • SPCA of Texas Critter Camps – Summer 2015

Kristina Bowman

Director

A lifelong animal lover, Kristina started “rescuing” soon after learning to walk. Even as a small child she was known to bring home stray dogs, cats and injured wildlife and was never afraid of any animal. As an adult, wanting to be more involved in animal activism, Kristina became involved with The Humane Society of the United States and served on the National Executive Committee of The Genesis Awards in 2008 and 2009 and co-chaired the HSUS Spotlight Humane Gala (benefitting the Stop Puppy Mills Campaign) in 2010. She was also a volunteer on the HSUS rescue team. As a founding board member of Animal Rescue Corps, she also served as a rescuer and documentary photographer which involved traveling all over the United States and Canada. After resigning from ARC, she decided to join forces with Animal Investigation and Response. Kristina is certified in DART (Disaster Animal Response Team), ABC’s of Investigating Animal Cruelty, FEMA and Animal CPR.

Kristina is a graduate of SMU and has been a professional photographer since she was in school. Although her main business is shooting society events, her passion is educating the public with her, often very disturbing, images of animal rescues. Asked about how she started shooting the rescues, Kristina said “when I was first asked to document the rescues, because we didn’t have a photographer, I was upset because I thought I was more beneficial as a rescuer, but after the first deployment as the photographer, I realized how incredibly important the images were. Even though some of the images are very graphic, they are essential, not only from a law-enforcement perspective, but also to show the world a glimpse of the horror the animals go through.” Kristina’s rescue images have been widely viewed and utilized within the animal advocacy world and one of her puppy-mill images was even featured in TIME Magazine in 2014.

Kristina, and her partner of 24 years, are loved by 3 dogs and 1 horse…all rescues, of course.

Robin Sugg

Director

Growing up on her family’s West Texas ranch, Robin has been surrounded by animals all her life. She even had a pet skunk when she was an infant. She now runs the 3rd generation ranch, which is also home to over 160 wild horses, several adopted horses, a variety of rescued pets, and a wide array of wildlife.

Robin earned her BFA from Southern Methodist University and has served on several boards including Sonrisas Therapeutic Riding (2002–2006), Silver Spur Circuit Quarter Horse Show (2004–2007), and Celebration of Champions Reining Horse Show (2010–2012). She is DART (Disaster Animal Response Team) and Animal Rescue certified.

Robin is the proud mother of 2 young girls and as if that isn’t enough, she is also the owner of Western Veterinary Hospital, a state-of-the-art clinic in San Angelo, specializing in Equine, Canine, and Feline patients.

Her dream is to one day make part of her ranch into an elephant sanctuary.

Brad Howard

Treasurer

Brad’s passion for rescue started when his wife asked for his assistance in transporting an underweight, wounded English Mastiff from the Wise County Shelter. That transport became his first 'foster failure,’ whom he named Dozer. But it also introduced him to the world of rescue. That initial English Mastiff rescue has evolved into working with all breeds. With an extensive business background and a day job as a CFO managing funds for a company with $30 million in annual sales, Brad brings his financial knowledge and passion for animals to AIR.

Veronica Schranz

Secretary

Veronica's passion began in 2004 when she realized the great need for rescue assistance concerning the over-abundance of local homeless animals. Since then, she has rescued and provided a foster home for over a hundred of these dogs and cats in need. Veronica was also called and responded to Hurricane Katrina where she helped rescue dozens and dozens of different species of animals. After this life-changing experience, Veronica obtained her credentials to become a National Disaster Responder along with FEMA disaster related certificates and Red Rover Sheltering Certification. She also holds a Bachelor's in Business Management / Finance and has spent 10 years working in the financial community in the Dallas area. Veronica and her husband share their home with 4 pit mixes and 4 cats.