Even before the pandemic, 2020 was shaping up to be a tough year for Missy L., a Cumberland county horse owner. In January, her sister Mary passed away after her cancer unexpectedly returned from remission. “She was my rock,” says Missy, who had an incredibly close relationship with Mary. The two sisters lived within 3 miles of […]
Sewall Foundation awards rapid response grant funding to the MSSPA
Press Release – May 12, 2020 In response to the economic challenges created by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Sewall Foundation established a Rapid Response grant program to assist non-profit organizations, including Maine’s premier horse shelter, in maintaining their life-saving programs. From Arab to Warmblood and every breed in between, the Maine State Society for the […]
Thank you for helping the horses! #GivingTuesdayNow
Thanks to your support, over $10,000 was raised to help the horses on #GivingTuesdayNow, more than doubling the goal! With your gifts on May 5th totaling well over $7,000, the Society claimed the full $3,000 match. Your generosity will help horses in need throughout the state of Maine. On behalf of Belle and the whole […]
MSSPA Announces Three New Board Members
Press Release – April 16, 2020 MSSPA of Windham, Maine is pleased to announce the election of three new board members, Joseph McCarthy of Cumberland, Maine, Benjamin Culver of Portland, Maine, and Amy Starnes of Westbrook, Maine. “Our Board of Directors is composed of a dedicated team of community leaders committed to providing rescue, rehabilitation, […]
Sheltering in Place at MSSPA
Sheltering in place at New England’s premier horse shelter means we REALLY miss our wonderful volunteers and so many friendly visitors, but the horses are still receiving outstanding care every day. Even though you may not be able to give Eddie a good scratch on his withers or kiss Windy River on his super soft nose, you […]
You Make All the Difference
Now, more than ever, your support is crucial to keeping the barn doors open to horses who have experienced abuse and neglect. As our families and friends across Maine and loved ones around the world experience the crisis of COVID-19 and its many consequences, horses here at the shelter still need care every day. You […]
UPDATE (3/17/2020): After much deliberation, the MSSPA has made the difficult decision to close the shelter to volunteers and visitors. This closure is effective at end of business (4PM) on Wednesday, March 18th. The closure will be reviewed periodically by MSSPA leadership and board of directors as new information and recommendations become available. MSSPA is dedicated […]
Celebrating 16,000 Volunteer Hours in 2019!
On Sunday, January 26th, the Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals hosted its 2019 Volunteer Celebration, which capped off a year of volunteer milestones and successes. At the event, which was held at the River Road shelter, nearly 100 guests from the robust volunteer program came together with their families and MSSPA staff […]
Windy River Turns One!
HAY, HAY, HAY, IT’S WINDY’S FIRST BIRTHDAY! Join us at the Society’s River Road farm for party games and activities, a performance by the birthday boy with trainer Chris Lombard, goodies, and more… $35 suggested Buy-A-Bale donation per family. Please RSVP to [email protected] or on the Facebook event page so there is enough cake to […]
MSSPA Reopens after Temporary Quarantine
MSSPA is once again open to the public – visitors are welcome any day from 1pm to 4pm! PRESS RELEASE Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals Identifies Rescue Horse Infected with Streptococcus Equine January 1, 2020 – The Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals (MSSPA), New England’s premier equine rescue and […]
Thank you for saving lives with MSSPA since 1872. Please enjoy this brief retrospective celebrating our most successful year ever as we gallop into 2020!
MSSPA is a Better Neighbor
Thank you to all who voted for the horses in the Better NEIGHbor contest! Thank you also to Town & Country Federal Credit Union for its dedication to Maine people and their communities. And a shire-sized shoutout to the other grant recipients:Animal Refuge League of Greater PortlandCenter for WildlifeFriendship HouseLearn Around the World Network, Inc.Maine Narrow Guage […]