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 and fire engines, the Society now provides shelter services, has access to veterinary medical care, and maintains dozens of equines on its farm facilities. Learn more about the MSSPA’s history and help us celebrate 150 years of saving horses!
The mission of the Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals is to protect the health and welfare of neglected and abused equines.
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.
Board of Directors
David Jefferson, DVM; John Lescure; Kevin Mahoney; Joseph McCarthy; Sawin Millett; Staci Nisbett; Jane Sheehan; Amy Starnes; Roger Timmons; John Trafton; Debbie Valenti; and Margaret Wheeler, LVT.
Jane Sheehan, President; Kathy Woodbrey, Vice President, Executive Director (non-voting); John Lescure, Treasurer; and Debbie Valenti, Assistant Treasurer
Emily T. White