The Humane Organization Representing Suffering Equines of Connecticut based in Washington is in the midst of a membership drive to raise money for its rescue horses.

"March is membership month," said Patty Wahlers, president of HORSE, who has rescued more than 650 horses over the last 30 years. "The only way we can help abused and neglected horses is through donations. Our members make it possible for us to exist."

Ms. Wahlers said there are seven levels of membership per year: Student/senior, $10; adult, $25; family, $50; contributor, $100; donor,$250; patron, $500; and benefactor, $1,000.

"No amount is too small," Ms. Wahlers said. "For $25, we can buy a bag of grain that will last a horse for over two weeks. If we can get 30 or 40 people to become members then we can feed almost all of the horses for a month and that's a great thing."

According to Ann Lynch, treasurer for HORSE, the organization can spend $5,000 to $10,000 a year per horse to provide food, farrier and health care, and equipment.

Ms. Lynch said that when a horse is injured or has special medical needs, that cost can sometimes double.

For more information, call 860-868-1960 or visit www.horseofct.org.