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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at (610) 433-6488.
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.
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Cease and desist order issued August 2013 by PA Dept of State.
AC4H still does not appear in the PA charities online database.
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.
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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.
Two people I know that adopted horses from Christy Sheidy AC4H they are currently being campaigned as show horses and are dong extremely well Both are TB's off the track. These were broker owned horses. If not given the chance to be seen on the broker pages they would have shipped to slaughter. Christy gives those horses a chance at life. The previous person stated they are being investigated by the FBI, this is just more false allegations and libel....Christy also educates the public about the horrors of horse slaughter and works continually with schools in her area to help educate the children about it. Our family and friends will always support and donate to AC4H
First off Ms. Schrock is not telling the truth as per usual. Christy's farm is in Pa. The Pocono's in Pa are not several hundred miles as Sally has mentioned in this article from AC4H in Bernville. Please take a moment and look up Sally Schrock or Sarah Schrock on Google she has scammed so many people it isn't funny any more. She is damaging all rescues. Dog and horse rescue. Sally is supported by many fake rescues. She is their mouthpiece and is used as a weapon against AC4H. Sally has even taken to harassing and stalking Christy's minor children. She is truly a sick individual. I have done my research on AC4H and their is NO proof of any wrong doing. This is just an attempt to assassinate Christy and the rescue by some people that really have some serious mental issues.
I' m actually trying to find out if anyone knows of a pinto pony mare 14.3 hh who might have gone to AC4H sometime between August 2011 and now....she was unlawfully sold at auction and her owner/ breeder is looking for her.
its so sad to see this ac4h take advantage of these sick horses..canada will not take sick lame horses...so they cant ship them to slaughter instead they tell people they are going to be shipped to slaughter and make money off these horses to people who actually care about the horses..my question is when someone pays a bail for a horse to go to a rescue and then the horse has been some how sold by the broker...so they have to take some of the money n put it towards another horse thats more money soo more funrasing is needed..hmmm that doesnt seem right....and why are they sending horses to people who buy them carrying strangles and rhino...? isn't there a law about this? be prepared to pay a big medical bill when u buy a horse from them..if all these people want to say horses why not just go to the auction and out bid christy and brian moore and the other kill brokers brian moore wont pay more then $275 for a horse..so instead of u paying 800 to ac4h u can get the horse for 300 maybe 500 at the auction...before u go get a horse from ac4h go vist a auction and u do the math cut out the middle man completey
I had a great experience with ac4h. The horse was exactly as shown on the video and photos. He was mild-mannered, very well-fed and sweet. He just truly needed "Another Chance" People that bash animal rescue have to understand that they are up against a ticking clock. And yes, horses do get shipped to Canada all the time to meet a horrendously terrifying death. Watch the videos. I am happy to report that all ended well, they work their butts off over there, and somehow the connection between the kill buyer and the rescue works to the horses' advantage. Sounds weird but horses ARE getting another chance via the program. They do advocate quarantine, as would anyone with auction experience. Get over the politics of it all, and give one horse another chance.
Be very careful of these people, total scam..They push sick, old, lame, and emaciated horses that the KB's dont want to risk shipping to slaughter.
I would recommend you do a google search for ac4h scams before getting involved with them. Of course BETH FROM NEER APPROVES, SHE TAKES THE HORSES OTHER PEOPLE PAY FOR AND SELLS THEM FOR PROFIT.
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Absolutely DO NOT TRUST this group. They will take your money and then tell you the horse has gone. Then you find out later the horse was given to a friend of Christies. Often sold horses go to their new owners and they suddenly change colour because the dorsal stripe or colourations were painted on. The amount of fraud this group practices regularly needs to be investigated fully...again! It is beyond belief that you can have a group who preys so heavily on well meaning people who genuinely want to help save the horses. Karma will come around for them and hit them heavily and many of us are waiting. Do NOT support them under any circumstances!!!
I found my heart horse from the broker program at AC4H. She was a horse I had a few years ago and I thought I gave her to a good friend. That didn't happen and my horse disappeared. A month ago my friend saw my horse on the website, a flashy paint and when I checked, it was her. I contacted Christy and she and her volunteers were wonderful. They helped me get her quarantined since I didn't have the place to do it here with the other horses and now my girl is finally home safe and sound. I love these guys and I will be eternally thankful for all of their help.
I guarantee that the "Nice" reviews defending this "Rescue" are members of AC$H's personal family. They keep posting under false names to keep their average rating on this site up.
These people are con artists. They fundraise for horses that have already been shipped to slaughter. They are so many levels of shady that people now call them the "Shady's" instead of "Sheidy".
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AC$H is not a rescue, they are a middle man profiting off of buying horses from a kill buyer. They also knowingly gave another "rescue" a never ending supply of broker horses knowing full well that a few dozen had been dumped at a Humane Society by this same person. Nothing but lies and bullying when asked questions about either operation.
I have helped numerous horses thru AC4H and find the organization to be dedicated and true to their mission. The negative comments are meant to be a smear campaign by women who have never even had any experiences with the organization. They are against the rescue of broker horses and in the end would rather the horses die at a slaughter plant in either Canada or Mexico to satisfy their selfish vendettas. The leader of the gang is a CONVICTED and ADMITTED animal abuser and neglector. Call on homeless Sally Schrock who was refused adoption of a horse because her own cats, dogs and birds were taken away, she has no home and lost her home because she is a scammer and her list of credentials to make her a full blown nut case is out there for all to read. Google Sally Schrock from Olathe Kansas and be prepared to be sickened by this awful character's past.
Reading the posts, I can only say it is so sad a mentally disturbed group of people want to administer more pain and suffering to animals that have suffered the gravest of disrespect and loss by being thrown away by their owners. Those that choose to help this rescue, simply need to check with the local humane society and to ask for documented proof of income and expenses. This doesn't mean the rescue is fraudulent, asking about any charity is good sense. Do your own research and let your conscience be your guide, not bitterness.
It has been an honor and a blessing to work with ac4h for over 4 yrs now. My experiences have been great. I have been able to visit the rescue and help with horses in need. My questions have always been answered. They have a great group of volunteers to help in all areas as ac4h extends beyond just being a rescue but also helps horses that are going to slaughter. They have aided in prosocution surrounding large neglect cases and have helped in placing those horses into loving careing homes as well as rehabilitating many theirselves. ac4h is a true blessing to many and to any and all horses in need.
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For many months I've watched a group of people actively and vigorously attack and libel this rescue. They spend literally all their time online looking for ways to make it harder for this rescue to do its work.
One of the main woman who continually attacks this rescue was found guilty of animal neglect and had all of her dogs and cats seized, and her home condemned as unfit for human habitation. Instead of trying to actively fix her personal situation she insisted that the animal seizure and foreclosure on her home were CAUSED by this rescue. Even though the foreclosure proceedings began two years prior to her ever having heard of AC4H. What precipitated this? Her application for adoption was denied when she wanted a horse. Admittedly unemployed at the time, begging for donations on Facebook and other sites online for food and money to feed her many dogs and cats, and she wanted to get a horse! For good reason her application was denied but she would rather have people believe that it wasn't HER fault, that OTHERS caused this.
Through all of the attacks and constant harassment, AC4H has continued to do their work and have continued to save horses from slaughter, the auction circles, and bad homes.
To watch these women gossip and spread rumors on facebook is disheartening. The facts change and the gossip rolls on and on until every one of them is able to regurgitate the same falsehood verbatim while NONE of them know the actual facts of any of the situations. Other rescues will claim they are so different from this rescue while they handle maybe one or two a week and this rescue is saving dozens per week and rehoming them to good homes.
I've watched people constantly ask questions and when their answered it's like no one sees the answer. They want vet records shown for "transparency" and "it's the law" and when they are posted this group of women begin to dissect the vet bill. "Who's giving him this medication?", "It doesn't look like a REAL vet bill", etc. etc. ad nauseam. They want current pictures because they all think the horses disappear, and when they're posted the group starts to ask for more pictures and more frequent pictures. There is no satisfying them and all the time AC4H has tried to accomodate. But what's the point when all these women want is to attack and be hateful. I have seen them:
-Accuse this rescue of foreclosure on a home in a different state.
-Threaten this rescue.
-Libel throughout the internet (to the point where legal action had to be taken)
-Actively discourage potential home offers on horses so the horse does not get homed.
-Actively discourage donations.
-Apply faulty logic and math to promote their ideas.
-Post photos and images of properties with personal information.
-Call AC4H volunteers employers to complain about their activity with this rescue.
-Threaten them with legal action and jail.
Does this sound like a group of women you'd like to take advice from?
The point is this: AC4H has been in operation as a charitable rescue for many years. They have great references, have been involved in many high profile rescues, have been active in anti-slaughter education and have saved thousands of horses lives. You can choose to believe the posts you're reading that are negative and repetitive that have no factual bearing, or you can check out the rescue and contact them yourself and ask them questions that would help you really decide if you want to adopt or donate.
Be bigger than the catty horse women and make your own decisions and do the right thing for the horses.
Any rescue that solicits money from the public needs to be transparent and answer any and all questions. This is NOT the case with AC4H. Ms. Sheidy talks in circles and refused to answer questions that I asked her. She is friends with Mr. Brian Moore who is a kill buyer based out of Pennsylvania. I have dealt with kill buyers and I have dealt with them directly. Ms. Sheidy wants the public to go through her in order to obtain a horse because she gets a fee for acting as an intermediary. I have heard horror stories about some of her dealings and where there is smoke, there is usually fire. I encourage everyone to investigate Sheidy thoroughly before doing business with her. After being in the horse business for over 50 years, I suspect Sheidy is part of the slaughter pipeline.
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