PRS-IG-ProfilePic - Melissa Andrews
PRS-IG-ProfilePic - Melissa Andrews

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, companion animals, and wildlife. Located on nearly 2,000 acres in midcoast Maine, Peace Ridge runs various animal advocacy and protection programs, including shelter operations, wildlife conservation initiatives, and educational programming.

Our shelter operations are run out of our state-licensed, GFAS-accredited, high-capacity animals sanctuaries that are home to over 425 animals at any given time. We focus on helping the hardest to place animals and direct our efforts toward helping with emergency cases where animals are suffering from medical neglect, starvation, abuse, and/or are unlikely to survive if someone does not intervene.

Most of our animals come directly from calls for help from the State of Maine Animal Welfare Program or from our own investigations of emergency, cruelty, and neglect cases. All of our rescued animals are promised a lifetime of high-quality care in our beautiful facilities. Since our founding, we have rescued over 2,000 animals.

Wildlife conservation and land preservation have long been a cornerstone of our model for animal sheltering. As an organization, we are constantly striving to do the most good for animals and for the environment. We believe conservation is a valuable part of our mission work. It is a fact – they aren’t making more land and wildlife is an integral part of our dwindling natural landscape so wild spaces are a finite resource that we are determined to help conserve. As such, we are constantly striving to protect as much of the special place we call home for the benefit of all creatures. In addition to running one of the largest animal sanctuaries in the Northeast, PRS stewards and protects large tracts of farm and forest land for conservation and wildlife protection.

Peace Ridge also runs a comprehensive humane education program, focused on helping the public to better understand the issues that domesticated and wild animals face. Our sanctuaries set a stage for learning through modeling a more compassionate way of living and interacting with other species. Our rescued animals are ambassadors for those who weren’t lucky enough to be rescued and telling their stories of healing and learning to trust after lifetimes of abuse moves people to reconsider their own relationships with animals and their personal choices.

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.

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