About the Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals

The mission of the Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals is to provide refuge, rehabilitation, and placement of seized equines; support the placement of surrenders, and educate the public.

The vision is the elimination of equine abuse and neglect.

The Society uses its resources to provide direct care to animals who have suffered abuse. The Society promotes humane treatment, training and use of animals through education and hands-on experiences. It collaborates with other animal serving agencies to maximize the resources of all. 

The Society is unlike any other animal welfare facility in New England. Originally formed in 1872 to protect the horses who pulled Portland’s streetcars, the Society now provides around the clock on-site staffing, has access to veterinary services twenty-four hours a day, and maintains nearly one hundred equines on its farm facilities. Animals who have been seized by Maine’s law enforcement officials and placed by court order with the Society, provided the animals are not suffering, are kept for the entirety of their lives or placed in forever homes.

The MSSPA is a tax-exempt, 501(c) (3) and receives no federal, state or local funding. The organization is funded by a combination of membership dues, bequests, donations, grants, and fund-raising activities. The Society does not charge for its services and seeks no reimbursement from any public source.

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