We look forward to helping you connect with one of the Society’s rescue horses. If you have any questions about the horses or the adoption process, please feel free to contact the Society or visit the Society’s River Road farm.
After reviewing the information below, please complete the preliminary adoption application.
Thank you for your interest in adopting a horse from the non-profit Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals. Our mission is to provide refuge, rehabilitation, and placement of seized equines as well as to support the placement of surrendered horses, and educate the public.
Since 1972, the MSSPA has been housing horses seized by Maine law enforcement. One measure of success is the rate at which we rehabilitate the horses and find the appropriate permanent homes for them. Whether you adopt a companion or a horse for recreation, you are not only giving an animal a forever home, but you are also helping another horse in need by freeing up a stall at New England’s largest horse shelter.
Many of the Society’s horses have suffered abuse or neglect at some point in their lives. Yet they are not fundamentally different from horses in the general population; each animal is unique and may respond differently to routine care or handling. Some MSSPA animals have received limited training, for example, basic ground manners; others are trained or experienced and may be fit for riding or driving. We ask that you understand that you will be investing in a horse who will need further training and guidance from you.
The accompanying page is the MSSPA preliminary adoption form. Please complete and return it to the farm or office. Following review of the information you provide, a member of the MSSPA Adoption Committee will contact you. You may be invited for an in-person interview. The references you provide will be contacted. A site visit will be completed before an adoption can be finalized. We will work as quickly as possible to give you an answer on your adoption request and ask for your patience as the committee works to complete the process.
We look forward to helping you connect with one of the Society’s rescue horses. If you have any questions about the horses or the adoption process, please feel free to contact the Society or visit the Society’s River Road farm and speak to a member of our adoption committee – Barn Manager Jeff Greenleaf, Assistant CEO Kathy Woodbrey, and Horse Trainer Erin Austin.