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.
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.
Board of Directors
Ben Culver; The Honorable Bill Diamond; Marilyn L. Goodreau, Chairwoman Emeritus; David Jefferson, DVM; Joseph McCarthy; Nancy Mills; Sonya Nadeau; Andrew Robinson, District Attorney; Christopher Rogers; Danny Shaw; Jane Sheehan; Amy Starnes; Roger Timmons; John Trafton; and Debbie Valenti
Meris J. Bickford, Esq., Vice President, CEO; Kathy Woodbrey, Secretary, Assistant CEO; The Honorable Bill Diamond, Treasurer; and Debbie Valenti, Assistant Treasurer
Harold C. Pachios, Esq.