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 at (207) 892-3040 or via email at [email protected].
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 protect the health and welfare of neglected and abused equines.
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 giving an animal a forever home and 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. 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, such as 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.
The first step in the adoption process is to complete the Preliminary Adoption Application. After reviewing 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 to 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 contact the Society and speak to a member of our adoption committee – Operations Manager Jeff Greenleaf, Executive Director Kathy Woodbrey, and Carry Markovich.