About Us

About Us

About Us


  • The MSSPA is a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) and receives no federal, state or local funding
  • The organization is funded by a combination of membership dues, bequests, donations, grants, and fund-raising activities
  • The Society does not charge for its services and seeks no reimbursement from any public source

The Horses

  • Horses are received by the MSSPA from Maine law enforcement officials
  • Most of the animals in care at the MSSPA have been abused or neglected
  • The goal for each horse is rehabilitation and a new home

The Care

  • MSSPA horses receive the best veterinary care on site
  • Eligible horses receive professional training including ground work, riding and driving
  • If unsuitable for adoption, horses may live out their natural lives at the farm

Visit the Farm

Hours: The MSSPA farm is open to the public daily from 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. June through August and until 4:00 p.m. September through May.

Tours: Facilitated group tours welcomed – please make arrangements in advance by e-mailing info@msspa.org or calling (207) 892-3040.

Farm Address: 279 River Road, South Windham, Maine

Driving Directions
From I-95 north or south: Take Exit 48 in Westbrook, the exit feeds directly onto Larrabee Rd., stay on Larrabee Road for one-half mile. Turn right onto Rte. 25/Main St., go seven-tenths of a mile. Continue straight onto Cumberland St., go 2.1 miles. Continue straight onto River Road, go 2.7 miles. The MSSPA will be on the right. (Main St., Cumberland St., and River Road turn into one another – just go straight at all intersections and rotaries)

MSSPA History

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.

MSSPA Mission

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 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.

Society Leadership

Board of Directors

Lisa LB Brown
The Honorable Bill Diamond
Marilyn L. Goodreau
Leah Hyler
David Jefferson, DVM
Sawin Millett
Nancy Mills
Sonya Nadeau
Christopher Rogers
Danny Shaw
Jane Sheehan
Roger Timmons
Debbie Valenti


Sawin Millett, Chairman of the Board, President
Meris J. Bickford, Esq., Vice President and CEO
Kathy Woodbrey, Secretary
The Honorable Bill Diamond, Treasurer
Debbie Valenti, Assistant Treasurer

Of Counsel
Harold C. Pachios, Esq.

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