In a tough economy many of us are looking for ways to cut back on expenses.
But in some cases those cut-backs are leaving animals here in Eastern Carolina abandoned and malnourished and we're not just talking about dogs and cats.
One local organization says it keeps having to rescue neglected horses living in life-threatening conditions.
But there's a problem, they've got too many to handle and not enough hands to do it.
Theresa Campbell is a cruelty investigator and uses her property in Greenville as a rehab farm for the United States Equine Rescue League.
The organization saves horses, tends to their needs, and then tries to adopt them out. But right now, there are too many cases to oversee.
A critical situation, that could get even worse for some abandoned horses with no-where else to go.
Campbell says, in some cases those animals will have to be put down.
That's why she's trying to recruit as many foster homes as possible which will hopefully lead to permanent homes.
Right now there are more than 30 horses in foster care in Eastern Carolina, 15 of those were taken in this year.