Equine Assistance Program

EEE Vaccine Assistance Program
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After the recent death of a horse on a private farm in Methuen, we have launched an emergency vaccination clinic to assist owners in the Greater Merrimack Valley Region who cannot afford to administer the vaccine.

The MSPCA will send out a veterinarian alongside the equine and farm animal program team to vaccinate horses that have either not been vaccinated or were vaccinated more than six months ago, in which case a booster will be administered. To qualify, horse owners are asked to complete the above online survey. A member of the MSPCA’s Equine Assistance Program will then be in touch to schedule the vaccinations, which are expected to begin Tuesday, Sept. 3 and continue into next week.

All horses at the MSPCA at Nevins Farm are vaccinated upon intake, so they are protected against the virus. The EEE vaccine is considered extremely safe, with a low rate of reaction (3-4 in 10,000 horses vaccinated) and a high rate of efficacy.

The program is only available to the Greater Merrimack Valley Region for now, but the MSPCA will look to expand its services to horse owners outside the valley based on need and available resources.

The 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 responsible 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
An application may be downloaded by clicking on the purple button below. Once the application has been completed, you may submit your application in one of three ways:

● scan the completed document and email to
● fax the completed document to (978) 688-6343
● mail the completed document to:
MSPCA at Nevins Farm
Attention: Equine Assistance Program
400 Broadway
Methuen, MA 01844

Once reviewed, an MSPCA representative will contact you for additional information. 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.

Download the Equine Assistance Application Now

Questions? Please contact us at, or via telephone at (978) 687-7453 x6113.

The MSPCA Equine Assistance Program is funded by donations from individuals who care about the horses in our community.  If you would like to learn more about opportunities to support this program, please contact, or click on the Donate Button below to make a contribution.

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