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2 Connie55

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have a Mini that came through AC4H by way of a local rescue. My Haflinger I got directly from AC4H. They were very helpful getting me set up with vetting and a barn that would quarantine for me. Of course $$$ was all was my responsibility. I am ass-u-ming some people might not realize in order to save $ and in some cases these beautiful horses lives. There is some risk involved. It is my understanding AC4H pulls horses from auction, transport, feed, in some cases ride to show and try to get as much information on stills and video to the public.That is a LOT of work and not cheap! They really can't be making much money with all they do! When I picked up my girl in 2011 they were busy caring for and working with multiple truckloads of horses. Everywhere! I am sure mistakes do happen but I have found them to be caring, hardworking and would trust them again with another horse anytime if I were looking.
It is the public aka client's responsibility to make the decision if they want the horse or not. Horses do get very stressed in auction and are susceptible to all the germs around. Many even get sick in transport after the fact. That is not the responsibility of AC4H. I think they do a wonderful job!!!
I have had both of my girls for over three years. I have done many miles of trails on the Haflinger. Am just now starting to train Mini for cart and looking forward to a lot of fun learning to drive together.
I personally sick of people giving them a bad rap.

10

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

ANOTHER CHANCE 4 HORSES INC has been shut down permanently for NOT being a "Great Nonprofit." They ran a scam rescue for years and stole money from people over and over, and it took years of complaints from concerned and outraged victims before authorities would take action. Now they have shut this scam operation down and Christy Sheidy will pay for her many crimes.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 1

I "adopted" a pony from her after all her fees and sale price he ended up being almost $1000. And he was said to be a gelding, And it cost me over $300 to have him gelded again. I contacted her regarding finding he had testicles and she never got back to me. However, communication was good while she was adding on more fees. But then I asked help to take care of gelding him, as that was an unplanned expense. I expected he might be older than noted or need dental care, as he did. But "adopted" a "gelding" who was scheduled to go to killers by a certain date- as said in the list. But did not expect a stallion.

6 Sally S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

AC4h was just stripped of its 501c3 nonprofit status by the IRS in May, yet is still representing itself as such. This is FRAUD! Do not, I repeat, DO NOT support this organization in any way, shape or form. As has been said so many times before, always do your due diligence before ever donating one cent of your money to a charity, to be sure it is legitimate. Too many people have let their emotions run away with them with regard to this shady organization, only to be "taken for a ride" with hundreds or even thousands of dollars pocketed by these crooks.

If you are a victim, please email FBI Special Agent Charlene Trux at charlene.trux@ic.fbi.gov or call her at (610) 433-6488.

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11

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

To call this organization a "rescue" is a huge, and I mean, humongous stretch! They reported $300k in revenue for 2009, yet NOBODY, according to a very credible source, in the Sheidy household works a regular job at all. She has consistently claimed for years that AC4h does not own the broker horses, but where is this revenue coming from, then?

None of the money taken in benefits the horses in any way, shape or form. She claimed $27,000 in vet expenses and $56k in hay and supplements, yet virtually NONE of the horses going through the broker program get even the most basic vet care and many of them, when they leave the broker lot, are in worse shape than when they arrived.

As a result, they are shipped out sick, injured, emaciated and lame across state lines, which is a big NO-NO. Quite a few of these poor animals have had to be humanely destroyed upon arrival at their new homes.

They claim they have adopted out approximately 1,000 horses last year-- a claim that doesn't hold water in this miserable economy and many reputable and legitimate rescues are struggling to place their animals and keep them fed and healthy.

I agree with the other reviewers that the majority of these horses have been shipped to slaughter as Christy and her cohorts have failed abysmally time after time to account for the whereabouts of all the missing horses or to provide updates on them. This occurring after they took in thousands of dollars in donations and glibly assured donors the horses were no longer in peril.

Christy does not like for people to ask serious and pointed questions and she has avoided them time after time, or given very vague answers which never address the questions directly. If people persist, she deletes their posts and blocks them--all major red flags that this "rescue" is one to avoid completely. I would never support this organization and hope that she will be shut down permanently in the near future.

The photo I am providing with this review is of Faith, a grulla mare that was severely, and I mean, horribly foundered and in such excruciating pain that she did not want to walk, yet Christy's daughter forced the poor animal to move--on hard pavement at that.

Christy was told by the veterinarian that she needed to be put down, but she refused to do so--she wanted the money for this horse because of her unusual coloring-- and so a hauler had no choice but to transport her several hundred miles in her condition to the Poconos, where she was humanely euthanized. This poor animal did not receive ANY vet care at all--NONE-- while in Christy's hands, which is typical of this woman. All she cares about is the money the horse will bring her.

Review from Guidestar

6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Cease and desist order issued August 2013 by PA Dept of State.
AC4H still does not appear in the PA charities online database.

http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/http;//www.portal.state.pa.us;80/portal/server.pt/gateway/PTARGS_0_145376_1364757_0_0_18/08262013%20Another%20Chance%204%20Horses%20C&D.pdf

4 Sarah163

Client Served

Rating: 1

Adopted a very ill donkey and told to hold a garage sale to raise the necessary $14,000 vet care after 5 gutteral pouch surgeries and told he was healthy by the agency. Documentation from several vets can be provided. I still have my boy but he lived at the vet clinic for almost 3 months after we first adopted him.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Christy Sheidy is the biggest scam artist around. She has a video with a dead horse in it. she doesn't even care. she is a fraud and bad person. she tried to extort money out of us and it didn't work. she is no rescue. she is a horse dealer that hides behind her 501 status. I feel bad for all the people that give money and all the horses that come in contact with her.

Review from Guidestar

1

Client Served

Rating: 4

No way can you judge a horse completely in the few minutes of a video. You take your chances buying a horse in this manner. These horses are kept in a communal setting, and are very likely to arrive ill, or become ill. Its part of the deal. Those of us who know horses know how to handle that, and suffer no undue expenses. Those who don't may hire vets who want to create a big deal and make a lot of money from those who don't. Find a good knowledgeable experienced person to help you thru...will save you a lot.

As far as my rescues, which are now numbering about eight - I have been more than pleased. My current riding horse is an AC4H rescue and he is hands down a better character than my husband's horse, which we bought from a reputable breeder, for five times the money! He came in sick, very frightened, and needed time and care. He is repaying us more than we could have hoped. The rest of our rescues were rehabbed and re-homed and I get pictures and letters regularly from their happy owners.

Good luck and its wonderful if you can help these horses.

7

Client Served

Rating: 1

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1

Client Served

Rating: 3

I'm torn as to this group.I got 2 from there.First one had Strangles and second one was beat the hell up from the Lot or the Transport.I did however receive my Horses.I do understand that when being in the Brokers Lot, AC4H themselves can't do anything for the Horses, they aren't theirs, but the Brokers.I have had great help with the Volunteer I worked with(who btw has a real job and is just THAT, a Volunteer)to help me get my Horses.IF Horses were drugged, I don't think Christy did that.They come through the Auction like that and usually takes a month to get out of their Systems.
I know others that have adopted and received their Horses.Not sure where all this missing Horse stuff comes from.They are however skinny and or sick most of the time.
Way I feel is, any horse you get from anywhere can be drugged or be sick.
However, I have seen Horses on the Site that shouldn't be ridden or are sick and should be Isolated from other Horses and ARE being ridden and not isolated, on top of it, they use the same Tack on everyone.
Point is, these are Kill Broker owned and he will ship them.I don't want to line his pockets, but I also don't want to see Horses that are young and perfectly fine, go through the Slaughter Horror.
so, yes I am torn.I guess everyone needs to make up their own mind as to what is best for them.AC4H isnt the only Organization that works with a Kill Broker.There are SEVERAL.

3

Donor

Rating: 4

Because of the generostiy of the people who support the bail out program of broker owned horses, a young friend and i picked up three bailed but unwanted horses. I paid for the coggins and shipping to pick up barn. Yes, they needed to be in Quarantine, and yes one was a very thin yearling. So? Horses in a herd shuffle that are not in routine care get sick and loose weight. Ever heard of shipping fever?
Currently we are very happy with our broker owned buy outs, having fun training them and getting the people shy pony used to use. The 'old mare' only nine, is going to be a sweetie for riding and driving.

I do not understand comments about high prices. Currently they have listed horses for $650 and under that are being ridden up and down a lane outside in the cold weather. From my point of view, and i have been teaching riding for 20 years, the riders know how to ride and the horses are fairly easy. I also know that pleasure horse owners tend to overfeed and under use their animals and end up with too much horse in a very short time. So some of the criticisms can be from what happens after the horse gets to its new home. And other things can be the result of having been in the auction loop.
I am glad to take horses out of the auction loop, being trailer from sale to sale until the broker gets his price and the horse just has to tolerate lousy conditions until homed.
Nonprofits actually can have paid staff, so the idea that the Sheidy family might be making a living off of doing a good deed does not bother me.
People can go to high-faluting training barns and spend $5,000. on an OTTB that is strong and green and still have lameness and illness issues or have a colic and have to put the horse down. Those issues have nothing to do with AC4H, it is called 'horses.'

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Wouldn't it be terrible if a reporter. with a hidden camera posed as a potential buyer to expose this organization for what it really is.

14

Donor

Rating: 1

I was involved with TWO horses through AC4H. One was a chestnut TB mare and the other was an older Warmblood gelding. The mare was thin and ill. I sponsored her and provided money for her upkeep. I also offered to adopt her if no one else would and sent in all my paperwork. I never heard more about the horse and she "disappeared" from their pages. I have a bad feeling she was euthanized. The warmblood was to be purchased by myself and another woman. While we were halfway through the paperwork (and after paying for the horse) we found out it had already been sent to Maple Hill farm (a resale barn). I tried to get my money back but my credit card said they did not cover fraud. They said I had not done due diligence on the rescue and it was an obvious case of fraud. I sent my documents to a police investigator in PA who is collecting evidence for this fake rescue which is basically a horse broker business. Do not do business with AC4H.

9

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have dealt with AC4H on multiple occasions for multiple years. Had purchased or "bailed" several horses from "The Broker's Lot" that the not-for-profit represents and was very happy with my experience.

The thing bout auction horses is that you never know what you will get. Trained, untrained, healthy, ill. As far as representation, these horses were represented to the best of the company's ability. Without multiple professional trainers, veterinarians and behaviorists, the non profit is doing all they can to represent the horses appropriately with little or no history on a particular horse.

Many horses do not have papers. Horses may have been registered at one point or another, but over the years, these may have been lost due to multiple ownerships and changing of hands.

The bottom line is (When you attempt to purchase an auction horse):

1. Horses are not guaranteed to be healthy
2. Horses may have behavioral issues that cannot be evaluated during their time at the "Broker's Lot"
3. Horses may have long term or short term health issues resulting in high veterinary costs or death
4. Horses may or may not have papers. If they have papers, they may not be accurate
5. Layover and health certificates may run over $100.00 that is expected - count for inflation
6. Transportation can vary in price, and the not-for-profit tries to find the best possible haulers for the job at a decent price.


From my experience, Christy Sheidy has been very accommodating, reasonable, and if a horse was shipped to the wrong location, she would arrange to get it shipped back and fund the shipment with out-of-pocket money.
Horses always arrived hydrated, and well fed, despite the fact that a few had been in poor shape. These horses are also regularly medicated, if they need to be, especially on a long drive to their destination.

I am disappointed to see so many negative reviews. It appears that there are multiple disgruntled persons who perhaps have misrepresented their intentions. The other half seem to have issues with the not-for-profit's yearly income, representation etc.

In all honestly, caring for horses is very expensive and at the end of the year, there is not much left from the numbers you see on a tax return. For many, a few thousand dollars is plenty of money, without realizing that this money has been already spoken for (bills).

Most of these negative reviews come from people who are not accustomed to caring for a rescue animal, do not have the ability to physically operate with thousands of dollars, and such money, never passes through their hands.

Caring for a rescued horse means that YOU WILL spend thousands of dollars on improving its life, keeping him alive or curing a chronic ailment which requires both time, work and, sadly MONEY.

It is also my belief that the economy had made many people "head shy", that want the best "bang" for their buck, and are missing the point. The point is such that this is what the economy is like at the moment, and that we all need to adjust, and stop having more requirements, stop becoming more bitter and blame it on the other person or a corporation.

The economy is making many people very unhappy with life, and even spending a few dollars more means that their dissatisfaction will be made more intense.

So why not think about the LIFE you are paying for ? Even if it meant that it lasted for only a few short months, and you have paid several thousand dollars to save it - is it really about the money ? Or did people lose their VISION and are concentrating on MONEY because that is what is happening in our world today ?

For me it was a life-changing experience. This is how I discovered the world of unwanted horses.

8

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

These so called rescues support 'brokers' more than they want to save the horses. The brokers behind these horses are in it for the money. If you go to the auctions yourself, you will see many of these horses sell for under $100. The brokers buy these horses and put ridiculous prices on them. I personally have saved many horses from kill pens and re-homed them for only $50 over my expensives. And that was only to buy the next one. I would NEVER put these high prices on them! NOR, would I support such a 'broker' and help put money in their pockets. I would be ashamed to list myself as a rescue group and at the same time support these so called 'brokers!' Many brokers are the resuers friends and/or family and they all have their hands in the money bowl. They feed on the emoitions of people who truly wnat to save these horses. People that want to save horses from slaughter need to go to the auctions themselves and purchase them directly. They will be A LOT cheaper, and no one is making a huge profit!

4 Sandra W.

Client Served

Rating: 4

We purchased a horse through AC4H broker program. Communication was prompt and friendly, layover and transport were easy to arrange. Tommy arrived safely and in remarkably good condition for a New Holland horse. Coggins was delivered with horse (we didn't pay for an HC since shipper didn't require and we were buying him regardless.) Price was roughly on par with Camelot, higher than EOTL and lower than Sundew. Thank you for helping us save Tommy's life!

6

Donor

Rating: 5

In October 2012 I donated through the "ChipIn" to help save a mare headed for slaughter. Her bail was only $275 and she appeared to be a former school horse who was very well trained. She was thin and needed some general maintenance, but appeared to be sound otherwise. She was offered a home by Lilly Pond Foal Rescue who cared for her until she was adopted permanently by an individual. When she first arrived at Lilly Pond she became ill and required two days on IV's at the vet. After that ordeal she recovered quickly and was soon adopted to a permanent home. Throughout the process I was in touch with Lilly Pond Foal Rescue and with the individual young lady who ultimately adopted her. Being involved in a small way by donating to the mare's rescue and vet care was a wonderful experience and I thank AC4H and Lilly Pond Foal Rescue for their efforts on behalf of the horses. I will continue to support their courageous work.

8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

AC4H has been around for over 10 years and has never had any complaints against them. There's this loon Sally Schrock who is an admitted animal abuser and neglecter who had all of her animal taken away from her because her home was condemned. She was denied adopting a horse and since then she and her insane friends continue a hurtful campaign against this rescue. Use your common sense first and just google Sally Pip Schrock and read all about her. It's a sick obsession this crazy loon has. It hurts all horses.

12

Client Served

Rating: 1

OMG Avoid these people AT ALL COSTS and DO NOT give your money to them! It lines THEIR/Christy's pockets and thats about all. its NOT a rescue tho she may talk a good game and have a few poster horses to promote herself with, its just another word for MAKE-A_BUCK off bleeding hearts. They work with a BROKER and MANY of these AT RISK in need horses are in fact NOT at risk-meat buyers do exsist but they only will pay SO MUCH per head/per pound and will not pay the 500-600 as much as 2000 etc that she asks for her horses so they are in no threat off becomeing pony steak. You just need to do a little internet research to find that out. At first out of the goodness of my heart I put a "down payment" on a few "needy horses" that I wanted to ultimately own. Well those funds went to HELP the horses and they ended up somewhere else so those fund were magically GONE tho I was thinking it was a downpayment on some broker program horses. I was mad but the anger passed. A year later, I "purchased/adopted" 4 horses from them and paid to have them trailered quite a long distance to me. I was ASSURED by Christy that the one was ABSOLUTELY beginner safe and the rest were gentle etc. (all by text as it seems she cannot speak on the phone) They sent me pics of them in quareentine but somehow after 3 weeks there none had put on ANY weight-hmmm. What I saw where these horses standing next to horses with snotty noses (severe enough to be possibly strangles) and were given just a handful of hay cubes on the manure soaked stalls at their "farm" or "holding area" which is someone in the middle of no where and not on their farm-or they call it THE OTHER FARM where the horses arent even seen daily???. When they arrived, The one had a blown knee and had to be put down within 72 hours. The other one was a neurotic and severe weaver with a HUGE swollen hock. She was also aged, very thin and nuts (this was suppossed to be the beginner safe one hand picked by Christy. HAHA. Totally NOT ridable by anyone!) After the farrier and vet looked at this one I contacted Christy wanting to rehome it locally-basically wanting to put it out to pasture to die in peace as nothing more could be done for it. She said I HAD TO SEND IT BACK TO HER. I said no way Im putting a half dead horse on a trailer to go for a 900 mile trailer ride are you NUTS?? We had to put that one down. Her emails become threatening and harrassing (to the point I was in tears and contacted an atty. She couldnt give me a straight answer as to why you would abuse a horse by putting it on a trailer to send it 900 miles after it had just sadly been trailered 900 miles and was DYING!) Her yahoo group harrassed me. I had to change my email. The 3rd one was lovable on the ground but he was a severe cribber (not disclosed to me) and also unridable by anyone without velcro on their butts, he also was not drivable as advertised and had white line disease (also arrived with shoes DANGLING off him). I kept him for almost 3 years as a pasture pet, he coliced once a month without fail and I FINALLY found a home for him that didnt mind his regular colics and cribbing behavior (even with a collar on). The 4th one was SEVERELY foundered, not disclosed to me. When the farrier went to work on her he was horrified. She was put out to pasture where she remains on my farm as a lawn ordament. I basically called in our family attorney over the one horse when she wanted me to trailer it back tho it was dying and he laughed and said he would be MORE than happy to take her on, that I legally owned these horses and that was that. I have almost haldd a century of horse exp. yet I was duped. This horses werent TRUE rescues in any sense of the wrod as a TRUE rescue actually rehabs and knows the horses it offers for adoption. I lost $1000's not in just buying them and trailering them and vet and farrier and feed expense but in having them put down almost as soon as they arrived!!! I do hope people will see the light about this gal and do their homework. If you want a horse from an auction, go there youself, do NOT trust this Christy person! Shes just a horse trader hiding behind "being a rescue". Rescues dont work with a broker to sell neglected/sick and dangerous horses to the public! (Brian Moore I believe is the name of the broker but Im not 100% and have heard she works with several for that under the table cash in pocket profit) The sad part is is that MANY of the horses offered wil either a) get someone hurt and are NOT what they say they are or b) have so much wrong with them that they NEED to be put down on site. This is a SCAM not a rescue. Youve been warned. REAL RESCUES will go to the auction themselves if they want to look for a horse that needs TLC and then they will take it and totally REHAB it before offering it out. Most "rescue" horses now days come from private owners on hard time. Christy tho continues to try to get grants to help fund her horse buying needs, but in the process she not only hurts people she HURTs the horses! Not to long ago I saw 2 locally that came from AC4H offered for sale..same thing, they were not what she led the person to believe they were, they were younger horses and not in ill health but they were plum dangerous, and the lady was giving them away for free. That speaks volumes. Just because her daughter can ride a horse up and down the aisle of barn while she coos in the background to make a 2 second video doesnt mean the horse was safe. In my case a BEGGED for a video wanting to see the one horse I wanted ride...and she could not provide it HMMMMM that should have been a red flag for me but I was too big hearted trusting and stupid. I hope others will learn from my exp. pardon my typos. Ive read thru enough of these comments to see the truth and I have to wonder why someone isnt shutting her down. The 5 star comments are coming from family and friends only afraid to loose their pocket cash. SOMEONE NEEDS TO SERIOUSLY INVESTIGATE THIS NFP AND PUT THEM OUT OF BUSINESS. If she wants to be a horse trader....fine, thats her business, but AC4H needs to be PUT OUT OF BUSINESS AS A RESCUE because they are NOT a RESCUE!I do have to ad I was contcted by a TB org. wanting a referrnece on Christy as she had applied for a grant with them. I told them my story. I had pics and video and vet and farrier report with dates to back me up...they declined her grant on what others had told them and I was the person to just slam the door shut for them and BOY did that make me feel GOOD. They found that she was NOT acting in favor of the horses!!!! YAY And the only way I can post this and feel good, is that Ive moved since this experince. JUST AVOID this whole clan and let the law step in...karma will find her.

14

Client Served

Rating: 1

This is the first time i delt with AC4H, i never heard good things about them, but i beleived it was just rumors until now.. They were slow for contact, and i had to deal with multiple people; each of them told me a something a little different. I picked the horse i wanted, got approved, and agreed on a day to pick her up. After driving all the way to the location i was greeted by a man i had no prior contact with. We went into a barn where the horses were standing in filth, then he brought me the wrong horse! I showed him a picture of the mare i had gotten, and he said she was not there. After texting Christy, Phil, and talking to the man who was at the location(who even tho he said he didnt know much about what these people did, he knew enough of their names), they had no good answer as to what could have happened to her. So after i waisted my entire day driving, over $150 in fuel, wear and tear on my truck and trailer all they had to say was, "i dont know where she could have went, sorry". I feel so bad for all these sponsors that give their money to these people, trying to do good by these horses. How many of them actually end up in a homes??? I doubt these people can even know for sure, and i doubt theyd get their money back. I messaged concerned to see if they have found what happened to the mare, and i have had NO contact from them!! Seriously, rediculous.