This is to let everyone know about our new neighbor here in Waldo County. Peace Ridge Sanctuary for once abused and neglected animals has moved from Penobscot to Brooks. With over 250 animals to care for, the Sanctuary needed to find a larger space with room to grow. Last year they were able to obtain a 791-acre tract, including a farmhouse in Brooks. Approximately two-thirds of the area has been set aside for wildlife conservation. The remaining area is devoted to domesticated animals, with plenty of open space for barns, shelters, fenced enclosures and pastures, where the animals will be well cared for, loved, and allowed to live out their natural lives in comfort.

Those who visit Peace Ridge are in for a treat. From the lovely 360-degree views of distant hills, to the friendly faces of the animals, this is a place that radiates peace. Residents include sheep, goats, pigs, horses, donkeys and a big, friendly steer. There are also several adoptable dogs and rabbits, rescued from unhealthy situations, but now in warm and comfortable accommodations.

Peace Ridge relies on grants and donations. Physical care for all the animals (food, hay, shavings, vet care) comes to about $5,000 a month. Sanctuary founder and manager Daniella Tessier, with help from part-time employees and volunteers, handles the day-to-day chores. There is always a need for more helpers.

We are in the process of building up a small team of volunteers who will agree to donate as little as one hour a week of their time. While some of the work is heavy-duty — hauling hay and water or shoveling out stalls, there are light-duty opportunities as well, for those with physical limitations. Would you like to provide play activities for a group of pot-bellied pigs? Help keep the rabbit enclosures clean? Walk a dog or two? We’d love to hear from you!

To volunteer, make a donation, sponsor an animal of your choice, foster or adopt a dog or rabbit, or for more information about Peace Ridge Sanctuary, our mission and programs, please visit or email

Judy Kaiser, Volunteer, Peace Ridge Sanctuary, Waldo