Feed and Care Bank

Feed and Care Bank

Feed and Care Bank

The Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals (MSSPA) is pleased to announce an expansion of its feed bank program to provide temporary, emergency assistance for Maine horses in need. Grant fund use has been extended to include funds for farrier or dental services, or even routine vaccinations and veterinary well care.

Thanks to a generous grant from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), Maine horses and their owners may receive much-needed help. Each situation is unique and may present different needs. We know that anyone can be affected by economic challenges, which may, in turn, impact their animals. We hope that by providing this assistance, MSSPA can support Mainers in providing a safety net, which may allow a horse to remain in a loving, healthy home and avoid other intervention.

Maine individuals seeking assistance for their horse(s) can complete the short application below. MSSPA staff or volunteers will meet with the people, check references, and 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. Please note that you must be a resident of the state of Maine and your horses must be located in Maine to apply.

Community Equine Support Application

Please complete this form in order to be considered for short-term equine feed assistance. A volunteer will contact you 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 equines in need, and a site visit (as necessary).
  • Pictures of the equine are mandatory. They can be attached to this form, emailed to info@msspa.org, 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.