Sewall Foundation awards rapid response grant funding to the MSSPA

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 Protection of Animals provides care to more than 50 formerly abused Maine horses every day. The MSSPA will deploy the $15,000 grant to underwrite costs of equine care at its South Windham, Maine shelter as well as assist at-risk community horse owners through its Feed and Care Bank program.

The Feed and Care Bank, an ongoing program of the Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals, offers temporary financial assistance for Maine horse owners in need, allowing horses to remain in loving, healthy homes and avoid other interventions. By providing assistance in the form of hay, feed, farrier, or veterinary services, MSSPA supports Maine horses with a safety net in these uncertain times–and always. Maine horse owners in need can apply online at or by phone. The Feed and Care Bank, and MSSPA’s other life-saving programs, are entirely funded by grants and individual donations. For more information, email [email protected] or call 207-892-3040.

The Elmina B. Sewall Foundation supports work in Maine to improve the well-being of people, animals and the environment while fostering relationships that strive for social equity and community resilience.

The mission of the Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals is to provide refuge, rehabilitation, and placement of seized equines; support the placement of surrenders, and educate the public. Its vision is the elimination of equine abuse and neglect.