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, equines, 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 on over 1,000 acres in the rolling hills of Mid Coast Maine, our state-licensed, nonprofit sanctuary is currently home to over 370 rescued farmed animals and equines that come from all types of situations where they have been neglected, exploited, or abused. We focus on helping the hardest to place animals – those for whom Peace Ridge is their only chance of survival. When state and local animal control officers need a safe place to bring farmed animals, equines, special needs dogs, or other animals that most shelters are unable to take on, we open our doors time and time again. All our rescues are promised lifelong sanctuary here and each have their own stories for why they needed help, 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 1400 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 is a non-profit, high-capacity, state-licensed animal shelter – but this is so much more than a shelter – it’s a world class animal refuge with an important mission. Peace Ridge Sanctuary provides a permanent home to over 370 rescued animals at any given time. All of our residents enjoy the life they were previously denied. Many of our rescues involve intensive rehabilitation and we provide the highest level of daily, individualized care by a dedicated team that supplies the very best in veterinary care and sheltering practices. While our work is grounded in professionalism and knowledge, at the end of the day, everything we do is fueled by love. This lifesaving program is an essential and important service here in our community where there are so many animals who need help and we are constantly striving to stretch to do as much as we can.

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!