Providing refuge, rehabilitation, and placement for abused and neglected horses in Maine.

Providing refuge, rehabilitation, and placement for abused and neglected horses in Maine.


It’s that time of year again – voting for the 2018 Bangor Savings Bank’s Community Matters More contest has begun and the MSSPA horses need your votes!

Help the horses win up to $5,000 this year by voting today and sharing this post with your friends and neighbors! Here is everything you need to know about the contest this year:

When: Voting is open during the month of February ONLY. Get your vote in by midnight on February 28th!

Where & How: To vote, go to the Community Matters More voting page. Once there, click ‘Next’ to be taken to a page where you will enter your information (name, email and zip code). After entering your information, click ‘Next’ again and scroll down to find the Cumberland County section. Click one of the ‘Other’ boxes, write-in ‘Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals,’ and then scroll down to the bottom of the page and click ‘Finish’ to cast your ballot. It’s that easy! (You may also vote for two other non-profits of your choosing)

Prefer paper ballot? You may obtain one from any Bangor Savings Bank branch, complete it, and submit it at any branch as well. If you are visiting at MSSPA’s River Road farm, we will have paper ballots on hand for your convenience. We will even submit the paper ballots for you – it is that easy!

Why: To help the horses at New England’s premier horse shelter! Our goal is to get enough write-in votes from our community supporters to win $5,000 for the horses!

Don’t have time to vote? Let us vote for you! Just let us know if you would like to vote for the MSSPA by sending us an email at with your name, email address, and zip code and we can cast your ballot for you!

Again, voting ends on February 28th! Please vote today and ask all of your friends and neighbors to vote, too. Please help us go viral and win $5,000 for the horses! Thank you for your kind support of the animals!

Good Bye 2017:

A Year of Success Saving Lives


Thank you to each person who has helped the Society protect and provide for the once-abused horses here; our mission simply could not be met without you, your generosity and kindness. May 2018 bring peace to all, prosperity where it is needed, and provide for the well-being of animals. Happy New Year!





Extra! Extra! Read all about it! The Fall 2017 Newsletter is available now. Check your mailbox in the coming days or view the digital version now by clicking here.

It is with great pride that the Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals announces that it is now accredited by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS). The Society is the only equine facility in the State of Maine to have earned such an honor. To read the complete story, click here!

March in Maine means mud and that means spring is close upon us.  Seed catalogs litter kitchen tables and a red-winged blackbird has been seen.  Another sure sign of spring is the kickoff of the MSSPA’s annual Buy-A-Bale campaign.

Each of the many horses at the Society’s barn eats approximately one bale of hay every day.   Multiply that by 365 days and it becomes clear why hay is one of the largest expenses in the Society’s budget. Our goal is to raise $100,000 by the end of June, with your help, and fill the haylofts with more than 20,000 bales of hay. *

On behalf of the horses, thank you for your support.

*100% of funds raised go directly to the feeding and care of the animals



Our vision is to eliminate equine abuse and neglect.

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 surrendered horses, and educate the public.


The Society uses its resources to provide direct care, rehabilitation and placement for horses who have suffered abuse.

The Society promotes humane treatment, training and use of animals through education and hands-on experiences.