Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals Launches “Support a Stall” Program
New Development Initiative Will Help Area Nonprofit Care for Abused and Neglected Horses
MSSPA cares for nearly 100 abused or neglected horses that have been seized by law enforcement officials or placed by court order on its 124-acre farm in South Windham. Established to care for horses pulling Portland’s streetcars in 1872, the organization is now staffed around the clock and provides animals with 24/7 access to veterinary care. The 501(c)(3) does not receive federal, state or local funding and relies heavily on donor contributions to continue operations.
“The Support a Stall program is a first in the history of our organization and because of the economic downturn and ever-present need to provide for our equine friends, we felt it was necessary to reach out to the community in this way,” said Marilyn Goodreau, president, Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals. “We’re confident that through a genuine love of animals, that individuals and organizations in Maine and throughout the United States will help make the ‘Support a Stall’ program a success and help us continue the important work of saving horses’ lives.”
“Support a Stall” donors will receive special recognition on the Animal Lovers’ Marquee outside of the big barn at the farm. Donors are also encouraged to visit the facility, which is open 365 days a year, to see the benefits of their valuable support. To support a stall or to learn more about MSSPA, please visit www.msspa.org.
“Sponsoring a stall in the MSSPA barn provides direct help to abused or neglected horses and ensures that the organization will be there as long as animals remain in need,” said Helen Holman, horse owner and first “Support a Stall” program donor. “It’s an honor to become part of such an amazing team of people who — through compassion, love and unwavering dedication — transform the lives of horses.”
In addition to providing rescue, rehabilitation, adoption and sanctuary services to large animals, the organization also cares for dogs, cats and goats on its farm. MSSPA also educates students through programming at the farm and at schools or clubs by invitation.
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The Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals (MSSPA) is the largest equine rescue and rehabilitation center in New England and one of the oldest animal welfare agencies in the country. Founded in 1872, the privately funded nonprofit organization cares for abused and neglected animals with physical or other infirmities on its 124-acre farm in South Windham, Maine. Animals that cannot be re-homed are provided with sanctuary services. For more information about MSSPA and to learn more about the “Support a Stall” program, please visit www.msspa.org.