I met Brenda with ACE a few years back. I actually spent the day at the rescue and offered a hand with the horses. We later went on a trail ride. I was so very impressed with the orginazation. She has been a BIG inspiration to me. So much so, that this year 2013, we became an Ohio non profit. She's a leader and someone to look up to. Keep up the great work ACE!!
As a long time member of ACE Rescue I have watched wonderful people share time and money to save horses that had lost hope. I have watched horses barely alive recover and find new homes and horses change from frightened to trusting .I have witnessed the profound emotionally satisfying effect that saving horses has had on the volunteers. Brenda Lewis has devoted her life to giving back to the horses that made her life wonderful when she was young. Please visit this rescue personally or contact BOD members (www.acerescue.org ) for more information. They re truly a team effort.
I have been with ACE for over ten years. Everyday is growth and adjustments. Nothing stays stagnant in any organization and when you are a non-profit, you must go where you can to get the most for your money so change in locations over 3 years is nothing to be startled about. If you know anything about horses-it's often hard enough to get ONE to load, not to mention multiples. That's a lot of work that nobody does just on a whim so to relocate is often because your backs against the wall with making hard financial choices.
Although nice in theory, Brenda Lewis does not always have the time to acknowledge each and every donor, she often single handedly she is running the day-to-day back breaking labors of taking care of livestock. I am proud to know her and proud of her work ethic despite the laundry list of aches and pains she has but casts them aside for her love of the horses she saves at ACE RESCUE. Anyone who speaks otherwise needs to be around for the last ten years to see the trials and tribulations she has overcome in her own life to put all these horses before hers.
I was told about ACE from a social media contact. Seems as there was a horse in need of housing and care in August 2015, so they went to Brenda Lewis, the president of Another Chance and she said she would take the horse, provided that she get $900.00 for 3 months care for the horse. The way it was done was odd, as it was done with secondary persons that accepted the donations, then past it on to Brenda Lewis, or so that was the plan of action. There were not many donors for some reason, which was strange, especially when it was on a known horse advocate site with over 3700 members, but not many responded to the public post, and according to the persons in charge of collecting funds, says they struggled with getting the $900.00 requested by Brenda Lewis. I went through a social media 'contact' who then mailed my generous donation to Brenda Lewis that Labor Day weekend. My check was cashed on Sept. 10th 2015, and never received a reply from Brenda Lewis to say she received it. As a matter of fact, when Brenda publicly shared on her social network page, about the horse's need and looking for help in August 2015, I shared her post twice publicly in a matter of two days, and received no acknowledgement from the president of ACE. I also replied and told her that I would have a donation in the mail, and again, no acknowledgment. After doing some research, found out that ACE is/has been in very unstable locations, and funding, especially in the last year or so. If a rescue is not financially solvent, and the location is not stable, (has at least 3 addresses within a year and a half time), then red flags go up. Brenda Lewis herself stated that she was going to dissolve the rescue permanently March of 2015. So with all of the unknown and instability, not to mention, lack of acknowledgment to persons who were looking for information and wanting to help, I would look into other options for another horse rescue. Also check with the Attorney General's office for any complaints, and note all findings. With my experience, I would never donate or recommend this person or Another Chance Equine Rescue (somewhere in Northwest Ohio) and I would strongly recommend going somewhere else. Another Chance/Brenda Lewis did not make a good first impression with my experience, and you have to wonder if the same lack of care, instability, and lack of acknowledgment is passed on to the horses. I would strongly recommend to proceed with extreme caution when donating to this or any rescue that lacks personal attention.
Ace has moved from Grafton to Columbia Station OH.
They are now on 5 acres with 26 horses and another coming. A donkey and mini horse also reside there.
They are being fed but the pastures are mud and manure. The barn leaks and runs off the lighting. The hay is also getting wet and I believe it to be a fire hazard. Due to the Holidays I have not received a response from the fire department.
In 5 months they have lost 7 volunteers, myself included. When you confront Brenda about the dentist, vet care,etc. your'e on the s list and she takes it out on your favorite horse. She leaves them outside over night in mud and freezing rain.
Koda was adopted and lame, Missy has foundered again, Bella and Woody were exposed to the same conditions.
Calli.. OTTB bit Brenda in the back and bit off the top of my finger. He's a danger in his stall but full bars have been nixed. His stall has "I bite" written in chalk.
I have contributed almost $2000 in the 5 months that I've been there. The day Zeus arrived, he was making weird things with his mouth and Brenda was told that he had issues with his teeth. He had difficulty eating his grain and hay. I donated $200 to have his teeth and Missy's (my sponsored Halflinger-age 21 to 25)
Zeus was there a whole month before the dentist came. His mouth was full of cuts and sores.
We're all totally dedicated to the horses and it pains you to see what's going on....so you give up and go elsewhere.
This is very personal and hopefully of some help. I'm 71 years old and I'm here to make a difference!
Thank you for your time.
Review from Guidestar
I have recently (within the year) been following Another Chance Equine Rescue and am very impressed with all that I see them doing. They truly care about these horses and are saving many from a horrible death. I can't say enough good about what they do.... great organization.
Review from Guidestar
I'm so proud to know Brenda Lewis and and her band of Angels! I've never seen so much dedication and hard work to save horses as this rescue. I've personally been to Shamrock Stable and witnessed their Over The Moon Love for their rescued horses! ACE Rescue is top notch and professional when it comes to saving horses lives that would otherwise be lost to slaughter.
I started to work with ACE about 16 months go and the experience has been life-changing for me. I am the CEO of an Engineering Company and it is a very stressful job. I go to ACE to care for the horses, I know I get more from them than they from me. I care for horses that cannot be ridden because of past injuries as well as horses that can be ridden and put up for adoption; I enjoy being with all of the horses! The people at ACE are genuine and fun to be with, I look forward to my volunteer time each and every week.
The wonderful people that make up ACE helped my daughters horse Mojo when he was saved from slaughter via Sugar Creek and a Kill buyer. They took him under their wings for a month or so at the rescue barn while we made sure he would fit in with our senior horses. They treated him like one of their own, he has never been as white as he was there!