Floss Blackburn, founder of Denkai Animal Sanctuary, distributes hay to some of the horses she cares for at her animal refuge April 3, 2008 in Carr, Colorado. Blackburn has hundreds of animals at her refuge--ranging from dogs and cats and mules and horses to turkeys and sheep--that she takes in when owners can no longer can care for them. The pace of animal rescue has skyrocketed the past year, especially for horses, as people from Colorado who have lost their properties in the national housing crisis abandon them when they move out. "Animals are always the last priority when times get tough," Blackburn says. She's taken in 30 abandoned horses in the last year alone, saving them from euthnation or slaughterhouses.