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,
576 Shore Road, Perry, ME.
(207) 952-0325

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
Initial Contact: Michelle Hirshberg
(207) 831-8444

MEWA is a dedicated to helping Maine horses/owners through direct assistance, mentoring, emergency intervention and public education. MEWA offers short-term feed, veterinary & farrier assistance to horses/owners in need.

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
2135 Miller Road
China Grove, NC 28023
(704) 843-2380

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

Rescue/Placement Assistance

4R Animal Shelter 
202 Thomas Hill 
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.

CANTER New England
PO Box 3
Westborough, MA 01581
(781) 354-6291

CANTER is an affiliate serving Suffolks Downs in Boston, which assists New England states, including Maine, in providing retiring racehorses with opportunities for new careers ‘after the finish line.’

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

Downeast Equine & Large Animal Society
PO Box 485, Hatchery Road
Cherryfield, ME 04622
(207) 638-3005 or 598-7738

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

First Light Farm Equine Shelter
576 Shore Road 
Perry, ME 04667 
(207) 952-0325 

Last Stop Horse Rescue
J C Horse Farm
Joyce Pomeroy
938 Tar Ridge Road
Prentiss, Maine 04487

Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals
P.O. Box 10, 279 River Road
South Windham, Maine 04082
(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. 

Mountain Equine Rescue
Judi Merrifield, Director
Mount Pleasant Farm
885 Mt. Pleasant Road
Union, Maine 04862
(207) 785-4628

New England Equine Rescues (NEER)
Mary Martin:

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

Open Gates Equine Rescue, Inc.
407 Morse Road
New Gloucester, ME 0426
(207) 749-9028 or 749-9230

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

Spirit of Hope Farm Equine Shelter & Rescue
Jen & Jess Winchester
853 Lebanon Road
Winterport, Maine 04496
(207) 223-4243

The Standardbred Pleasure Horse Organization of Maine
Brenda Bryant, President
45 Old Falls Road
Kennebunk, Maine 04043
(207) 985-9144

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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