The MSSPA is pleased to offer a Feed & Care Bank to provide temporary, emergency assistance to Maine horses in need. Funds may be used towards hay, feed, farrier or dental services, routine vaccinations, and veterinary care.
There are many reasons Maine horse owners need support from the MSSPA’s Feed & Care Bank: loss of job, an unexpected health issue, even a particularly bad hay season. Making ends meet can be a real challenge at the best of times, especially with hungry equines looking for their next bale of hay. The Feed & Care Bank allows horses to remain in loving, healthy homes and avoid other interventions.
Maine individuals seeking assistance for their equines may complete the short application below. MSSPA staff or volunteers will contact applicants, check references, and may conduct site visits as needed. Following a determination of eligibility, assistance in the form of hay, grain, supplements, farrier services, dental services, and/or routine veterinary well care and vaccines may be provided.
To qualify, applicants must be Maine residents whose horses are located in Maine. Please note the Feed & Care Bank funds are intended to provide temporary assistance to Maine horse owners who comply with the MSSPA’s policies of no commercial breeding, selling or leasing of horses.
Please complete this form in order to be considered for short-term equine feed and care assistance. You will be contacted to learn more about your needs. References, including veterinarian and farrier, will be checked. Recipients of assistance must agree to follow-up from the MSSPA 4-6 weeks after the end of the short-term help. The MSSPA has the sole right to determine eligibility. No assistance is granted without a complete application submitted, pictures of the equine(s) in need, and a site visit (as necessary).