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


MSSPA’s popular Picnic with Ponies program is accepting reservations for its second season, and there are spots available now! Reservations are required, and the shelter is not open to visitors outside of this program.  Everyone at MSSPA is excited to see you, so please book your spot today.

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At MSSPA, Springtime means Buy-A-Bale time!

The Society’s annual Buy-A-Bale campaign focuses on raising the funds needed to feed the horses all year long.  In 2021, we need to raise $80,000 to provide for all of the horses in the shelter.  Every $5 donated buys a bale of hay and feeds a horse for a day.  With your generous support, the horses will have everything they need–and more.

Give Hay to the Horses


Welcome, Little B!


With Windy River turning 2, you may have thought that your days of MSSPA foal watching were over.  We did too, but that all changed when Arabian mare Eva arrived at the shelter in July.  She was skinny and under-muscled with a badly tangled mane.  Despite her previous mistreatment, she was the sweetest and friendliest mare from the moment she stepped off the trailer.  With good hay and proper care, she put on weight right away.

After a little while, the staff started to notice that she had put on a bit more weight than expected!  Fast forward to the present, and everyone at MSSPA is excited to announce the arrival of Eva’s colt, code-named Little B!  Click below to read the whole story, check out more photos, and submit your suggestion for this charming foal’s name.  Do you think Windy River will be jealous??


Read the Story




Thanks to you, the MSSPA has been caring for abused, neglected Maine horses for nearly 150 years.

We’re so thankful to have supporters like you!

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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?

Adopt an MSSPA Horse

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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