MSPCA Equine Assistance Program

Over the past three years, the rate of equine surrenders to rescue facilities has increased drastically.  The decision to part with a beloved companion is a heart wrenching one for many owners.  These owners could be going through a temporary period of financial insecurity, family crises, or they may simply need help caring for their animals while they look for suitable permanent placements for one or more horses.  The goal of the MSPCA Equine Assistance Program is to try to stem the flood of surrendered horses coming through equine rescues by offering temporary assistance to horse owners in need. 

The MSPCA Equine Assistance Program will serve as a resource for those who need short term help feeding or caring for their horses.  Depending on the need, the recipient may receive reduced cost feed and hay and, in some cases, complete care for their horse. The MSPCA Equine Assistance Program may also offer assistance with farrier, veterinary, or euthanasia costs.  Payments for these services will be sent directly to the vendor. 

Application Process 
The application process will begin with a conversation between the horse owner and an MSPCA representative.  This information gathering process will help to determine the type of help needed in each situation.  The MSPCA representative will visit the farm where the horses are being kept and will speak with references such as a veterinarian.  Aid will be awarded on a case by case basis and will focus on animal owners with a track record of responsible care.  To apply for assistance please call 978-687-7453 x 6117 or e-mail

The MSPCA Equine Assistance Program is funded by a grant from the Alces Foundation.  If you would like to learn more about opportunities to support this program, please contact Melissa Ghareeb at, or click on the Donate Button below to make a contribution.