Resources for Equine Care

Help for Maine Horse Owners Experiencing Economic Hardship


Horses can be expensive and people in difficult financial times can find themselves in need of hay, assistance with medical and basic care, as well as rescue and re-homing support. Below is a list of resources available to Maine residents who love their horses, but need short-term help in providing care and nutrition and/or require re-homing assistance.   


Compassionate Composting, Inc.
576 Trapp Road
Auburn, Maine 04210
(207) 240-1316
Michelle Melaragno

Compassionate Composting offers respectful and dignified pick-up, handling, transport and composting of large animals after their death; a green alternative to burial, landfill or cremation. 

First Light Farm Equine Shelter
1054B N. River Road, Auburn, ME 04210

Emergency Feed Fund to help horse owners. Will offer up to 10 bales of hay and up to 2 bags of grain (or shavings or combination) funding up to $75 per request. One request per family or farm; they hope to be able to fill two requests per month. Please call in advance, (207) 952-0325.

Maine Equine Welfare Alliance
Contact: Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals 

MEWA is a dedicated to helping Maine horses/owners through direct assistance, mentoring, emergency intervention and public education.

Maine Farm Bureau
4 Gabriel Drive, Suite 1
Augusta, ME 04330
(207) 622-4111

The Farm Bureau offers Maine Disaster Relief Fund grant monies available to farm owners who have experienced a devastating event. 

Stallion to Gelding Support

Stallion to Gelding is a national program that offers free gelding services (voucher program)

Rescue/Placement Assistance

4R Animal Shelter 
202 Thomas Hill Road
Lee, Maine  04455 
(207) 738-2248

4R Animal Shelter provides a safe haven for horses, other equines and farm livestock. 4R also offers emergency feed and veterinary assistance to horse owners on a case-by-case basis.

Double B Equine Rescue
997 West Mills Road
Industry, Maine 04938
(207) 778-6479

Downeast Equine & Large Animal Society
PO Box 485
Cherryfield, ME 04622
(207) 598-7738

Ever After Mustang Rescue 
463 West Street
Biddeford, Maine 04005 (207) 284-7721

Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals
P.O. Box 10, 279 River Road
South Windham, Maine 04082-0010
(207) 892-3040

The MSSPA offers a “match making” program (“Pet Adoption Line”) for people interested in re-homing or adopting horses. State seizure cases only, no owner surrenders accepted on site. 

New England Equine Sanctuary & Rescues
Mary Martin:

Dedicated to helping all horses in any way, including direct intervention for abused or slaughter-bound equines and effective horse placement. 

Rockin’ T Equine Sanctuary & Rescue
60 Edgecomb Road
Lisbon Falls, Maine 04252
(207) 353-6581

Maine Standardbred Pleasure Horse Organization of Maine
Robin Cuffey, President
244 Rankin Road
Buxton, Maine 04093

SPHO offers home referrals for retired racehorses, a list of available horses, Website forum, and a monthly newsletter; it also sponsors retraining clinics, shows, trail rides, breed demonstrations, and the Ambassador Horse Program.




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