Feed and Care Bank

Feed and Care Bank

The Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals (MSSPA) is pleased to offer a Feed and Care Bank to provide temporary, emergency assistance for Maine horses in need. Funds may be used towards hay, feed and supplements, farrier or dental services, routine vaccinations, and veterinary care.

There are many reasons Maine horse owners need support from MSSPA’s Feed and 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 and Care Banks allows horses to remain in loving, healthy homes and avoid other interventions.  Since its inception, over $16,000 in program funds has been dispersed to help 65 equines and counting. By providing this assistance, MSSPA supports Maine horses with a safety net in these uncertain times–and always.

Maine individuals seeking assistance for their equines may complete the short application below. MSSPA staff or volunteers will meet with 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 and 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.

 

Community Equine Support Application

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. 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).
  • E.g. Jazz, 15, buckskin, Standardbred gelding with a blaze and socks
  • Please note the Feed and 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.
  • Pictures of the equine are mandatory. They can be attached to this form, emailed to [email protected], or texted to the MSSPA. Pictures will also be required after support is provided.
  • The MSSPA will perform reference checks prior to determining eligibility of assistance.
  • Please provide photos of your equine(s). At least one photo is required.
  • You must be a resident of the state of Maine to qualify for this funding and your horses must be located in Maine. You must have a workable plan developed to avoid future need and be willing to share that. You must be a private horse owner. The situation and need must be short-term. You must have owned your equine(s) for a minimum of six months. You must agree to no breeding. MSSPA has the sole right to determine eligibility. No assistance is granted without a complete application, including pictures before aid and after. By submitting this application, you are agreeing to submit a photo of your horse(s) in need with this application and you are agreeing to provide a photo of the horse(s) receiving assistance at the time of follow-up.