Addison County Humane Societys new director, Jackie Rose, was faced with a local animal crisis as soon as she settled into her new office. We recently acquired four horses due to a heartbreaking case of neglect, said Rose. Im pleased to say that the rescued horses are recovering well and gaining weight and the sharp edges of their protruding bones are beginning to soften. They have a new light in their eyesthe resilience of animals that have suffered so much never ceases to amaze me. However, according to Rose, society members estimate that the cost to feed and rehabilitate the animals will be in the neighborhood of $3,500. The adult horses are each eating over a bale of hay per day and loads of Blue Seal Vintage Senior and the vet bills are beginning to mount up. Unfortunately, we have only received two monetary donations for this situation. We would really appreciate any help that the community could provide, she said. While it is the intention of the societys animal foster homes to cover as much as they can, ACHS still needs more financial support to cover the rest. Because these types of situations are impossible to predict, funding for these types of animal-related emergencies is not part of our regular budget, which I assure you is stretched just to meet our day-to-day needs here at the shelter, Rose said. When emergencies arise, we count on the generosity of animal lovers in our community to cover expenses. Any sized gift would be greatly appreciated. To help the horses, send a donation to: Addison County Humane Society, 236 Boardman St. Middlebury, Vt. 05753.