New England’s premier horse shelter announces retirement of long-time leader, Marilyn L. Goodreau

The Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals would not be where it is today without the leadership and devotion of Marilyn L. Goodreau. Beginning in 1974, MSSPA President Lawrence J. Keddy and Marilyn artfully guided the Society forward, holding steadfast to the mission of ending animal neglect and abuse. Under Marilyn’s direction, countless animals, both small and large, have found salvation at the 279 River Road farm-sanctuary.

Until this year, Marilyn reported daily to the farm, supporting staff and animals alike. Despite her small stature, she was able to keep up with even the hardiest farm hand. Life on the farm is taxing and Marilyn has earned the right to yield daily operations to the competent staff of MSSPA.

To mark the momentous accomplishments of Marilyn L. Goodreau, the Maine State Society for the Protection of Animal’s Board of Directors gathered on June 21, 2017 for a surprise celebration. Meris J. Bickford, CEO, opened with remarks about Marilyn’s tireless dedication to the organization. Long-time friend and Society attorney Harold Pachios, Esq. of Preti Flaherty continued the accolades by presenting Marilyn with a Lifetime Achievement award and lovely engraved plaque. Finally, board member Sonya Nadeau awarded Marilyn a custom brooch created by local craftsmen, Windham Jewelers, in the shape of the MSSPA logo. Marilyn was humbled by the praise received from those present.

As the Society moves forward, Marilyn will continue to serve with the honorary title of Chairwoman Emeritus on the Board of Directors. This ensures that her historical knowledge and unwavering enthusiasm for the mission will continue to benefit Maine’s abused and neglected animals.

To make a donation in honor of Marilyn’s lifetime of devotion to the animals, click here.