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


Double Your Horsepower!

Dexter was a victim of neglect. A story shared by many of the horses at MSSPA’s equine shelter. YOUR past donations assured Dexter’s successful rehabilitation. YOU can make a difference again. Team up with Eco-Kids to have your year-end gift matched up to $10,000 and support the well-being of all the horses at the farm.


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Read Dexter’s Story


A huge thank you to Eco-Kids for their generosity!

Thank you for joining Ride to Rescue 2020!

Thank you to everyone who participated in Ride to Rescue 2020! With over $14,000 raised in sponsorships and donations, this was truly a life-saving campaign for Maine horses. Everyone at MSSPA is looking forward to bringing you an even more exciting Ride to Rescue campaign in 2021–hopefully including an in-person event at the shelter. Thank you to the fundraisers for your time and passion, and thank you to all of the donors for your generous gifts in support of the horses.

The horses want you to picnic with them!

Have you missed visiting the MSSPA horses over the last few months?  They have certainly missed seeing you–as has everyone here at New England’s premier horse shelter.  Well grab your picnic basket because you’re invited to “Picnic with Ponies!”

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Please remember that outside of scheduled Picnic with Ponies visits, MSSPA is not yet open to visitors.  Though no payment is required to Picnic with Ponies, donations are always appreciated.  100% of your donation goes to the feeding and care of the rescued horses.


Ordinary People, Extraordinary Gifts

There comes a time when people no longer need their worldly assets.  Each of us has the power to decide what will happen to ours when that time arrives.  The Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals has long been blessed with final gifts made by ordinary-seeming women and men.  These individuals, like Elizabeth Bedkar Simpson and Hermann Sprenger, possess extraordinary compassion. They aim for a world where all living creatures receive necessary sustenance and care.  They are not philanthropists on the scale of Rockefeller or Carnegie, but hardworking people with deep resources of kindness and generosity.  It is the collective gifts of everyday people that sustain the lives of animals in the shelter, giving them help, hope, and home.

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MSSPA’s Feed and Care Bank a Lifeline for Maine Horse Owners

With the death of her sister, loss of her job, and expensive medical needs for her mare, Tess, the first half of 2020 has been full of challenges for Cumberland county horse owner Missy L.  Thankfully, the Society’s Feed and Care Bank was able to help Missy and her five beautiful equines.

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Support the rescued horses by making MSSPA your designated organization on AmazonSmile, and a portion of your purchases will be donated automatically.

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MSSPA 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.

Watch this video as Smokey tells a tale of adoption for Jethro, Jazz, and himself.

Adoption: it isn’t the end; it’s the beginning of a whole new love affair!

Do you have room in your barn and heart for the right horse?

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Our vision is the elimination of 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 surrenders, and educate the public.


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