Gazing into the soulful and lively eyes of 16-year-old Arabian Jafar, it’s hard to believe that he was a breath away from humane euthanization before he called MSSPA his home. Based on his poor condition and likelihood of having significant lifelong discomfort, some of the professionals treating him at the time of his removal discussed euthanization as the […]
Meet Quarter Horse cross Willey, whose independence has flourished during his time at River Road Farm. He is a quiet horse and doesn’t ask to be the center of attention. In fact, he prefers to spend time on his own, discovering what nature has to offer as he enjoys time in his paddock. But it […]
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Young Quarter Horse Violet may have started her life as a boss mare, but the incredible mistreatment she and her herdmates suffered at the hands of a neglectful owner soon acted to steal the spirit and life from her. As a part of the Neglected Nine, a herd of horses that were seized in Washington County […]
When chestnut mare Bonnie and fleabitten grey Clyde came to MSSPA as the result of a large-scale seizure of animals, neither was healthy enough to cause much mischief. The neglect Bonnie experienced in her former home included lack of food and no accessible shelter. She wasn’t even free to roam the open range; she and […]
Apollo, a young appendix quarter horse gelding, began life as an orphaned foal. He was born to a nurse mare for hire and was not permitted to bond with his dam before an early separation. The young foal was then taken in by a Midwestern equine shelter. Young Apollo was adopted, transported to the east […]
The summer 2020 edition of The Society Pages is full of news and photos featuring the horses you care about. Check it out for adoption updates, news about the latest happenings at New England’s premier horse shelter, and so much more. Also, please take a short survey HERE to let us know more about YOU!
There comes a time when people no longer need their worldly assets. Each of us has the power to decide what will happen to ours when that time arrives. The Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals has long been blessed with final gifts made by ordinary-seeming women and men. These individuals, like Elizabeth […]
Adopt: to choose or take as one’s own; make one’s own by selection or assent. Adoption is the ultimate goal for each horse receiving loving care here at River Road Farm. When Buck and Scotch were first unloaded at River Road Farm, some of the staff and volunteers looking on cried. The horses’ appearance was […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]