About Us


Peace Ridge was founded in 2001 in order to address animal cruelty, neglect and exploitation, and to promote vegan ethics in New England. We advocate for all animals – farmed animals, domestic companion animals, and wildlife.

We believe society needs to rethink the way that it views and interacts with animals in order to become a more peaceful and just society. We believe that social justice cannot be achieved unless we acknowledge the social injustice we perpetrate on animals.

Situated in Mid Coast Maine, our sanctuary is currently home to over 300 farmed animals that come from all types of situations where they have been neglected, exploited, or abused. They all have their own stories, but what makes them especially unique from others just like them, is that they got out of their situation alive and are now safe with us. Since our founding, we have rescued over 1200 animals and will continue to spread our compassion in the future.


Our mission is to provide permanent sanctuary to once abused and neglected animals, with a particular focus on farmed animals. We also promote compassionate lifestyle choices through humane education.

Our Programs

Sanctuary Operations
Peace Ridge Sanctuary provides a permanent home to nearly 300 animals at any given time. All of our residents enjoy the life they were previously denied, with ample open space and closely supervised care. Peace Ridge staff prides itself on superior farm management and animal care standards.

Farmed Animal Rescue
Our residents come from a number of situations, but they are all places where the animals would not have survived. We answer over 60 calls per month from concerned citizens or authorities needing assistance with animal cases. We direct our efforts toward helping with emergency cases, responding to calls from the State of Maine Animal Welfare Program, or assisting authorities who need our help.

Our Rescue Dogs
Peace Ridge is the long-term home of many rescue dogs, and is a short-term home for those canines who are best fit for adoption. We are always looking for qualified families to adopt our dogs, and for foster families who would like to work with a team to provide housing, training and/or just simply some love while a dog adjusts. Help us get them ready for the real world by joining our dedicated foster team.

Our focus is not on adopting out as many dogs as possible, rather, we are focused on finding permanent families for dogs who deserve their forever happy ending!