My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Another Chance 4 Horses Inc, Bernville, PA, USA
I am heartbroken reading these nasty reports about the Sheidy family. They are not brokers... they work with brokers to provide at-risk horses with opportunities to find a home instead of heading to slaughter. Through this program, they have helped thousands of horses. Have they made money? It is impossible that they have made what others claim. The adoption fees they charge cover vet expenses and training. That money goes right back into the next horse. For broker horses, they must answer to the broker... what he is willing to sell the horse for. This family ran the rescue for many years OUT OF POCKET... not a money maker, I assure you. I have heard accusations that no horses are ever rehabbed... this is a complete lie. Over the years I have watched many horses flourish under their care. Granted, sometimes there are miscommunications about horses that seem available and aren't... the broker program is fast-moving and it is incredibly difficult to keep things organized online. I know this personally because I volunteer online to help answer questions... it is incredible how easily communication could be lost. If something goes wrong, it is entirely by accident. Another testament to the honesty of this family: I adopted my own horse from their broker program... I COULD NOT BE MORE PLEASED with the care my mare received. My horse kicked herself on the way to quarantine, and the Sheidys PERSONALLY took care of my horse for the next month, constantly emailing me updates and pictures. All of this before I even met my horse. I love this organization... I am proud at the way they have pioneered slaughter rescue - with great success - and I support them wholeheartedly. ***NOTE: I have witnessed many well-meaning people criticize the Sheidys... "You're riding that horse with THAT bridle?!?" or "That horse is too high-priced!" etc... The Sheidys work with what they have to get these horses more exposure... Much of their opposition comes from people who disapprove of a miniscule, minute, insignificant details in the big picture... It makes me sad to see people spread lies because they didn't like that the bridle was too tight or the horse looked stressed - there is ALWAYS a good intention behind everything you see, and the Sheidys will fiercely defend the horses they work so hard to save.** I would like to ask that if you have a bone to pick with the way things are done, please inquire POLITELY how you can help improve a situation you see that needs improving. Thank you so much, and to AC4H and the Sheidys: I am so grateful for all that you do!
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Give them the funds they need to make operation smoother! For instance: helmets for broker program riders... more types of equipment for use in evalating broker horses... etc. Heck, it would be awesome if they had somebody in charge of pictures and videos... uploading them and organizing them each week is a terribly time-consuming and difficult task that they faithfully complete every week. I wouldn't dare change the organization - just make their job easier.
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I have become an active anti-slaughter advocate, even though I am young, and I am now even more determined to work in rescue in the future. It has greatly influenced my plans for college!