Photo Credit: Bill Leach
Formed in 2012 on 87 acres in Statesville, North Carolina, Rescue Ranch is a 501 (C) (3) non-profit animal welfare organization founded by Krissie Newman and her husband, NASCAR driver Ryan Newman. Rescue Ranch promotes humane education by focusing on rescuing on a fundamental level through hands-on learning and care for animals.
Currently, Rescue Ranch offers school, Scout and camp programs along with birthday parties, a 10,000 sq/ft inclusive playground, and special events. The dedication and blessing of the portion of land ear-marked for our Rescue Ranch Memorial Garden took place September 22, 2016 and development is underway. Future plans include nature hiking and walking education trails, a 24-hour emergency veterinarian clinic with an extern program, a therapeutic riding program, and a rescue foster adoption program.
Rescue Ranch promotes, through its education, respect for all animals, as well as, agricultural, environmental and wildlife conservation, and facilitates rehabilitation, rescue and responsible pet ownership to enhance the human-animal bond.
We intend to be the premier animal education center of its kind encompassing agricultural, wilderness and companion animal relationships.
Who We Are
Our team consists of pet-passionate individuals from all over, with expertise in many areas. We work to include all members of our community to help connect and develop programs to support our mission. We hope you’ll join our cause and visit us often for programs and events!
Since early in life, Krissie and Ryan Newman have had a soft spot for animals and the environment. They have supported various organizations such as Project Halo following the devastation from Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and construction of the Catawba County - North Carolina Humane Society shelter, yet both felt more needed to be done.
To further their passion, the couple established the Ryan Newman Foundation in 2005 to educate and encourage people to spay or neuter their pets, to adopt dogs and cats from animal shelters, to educate children and adults about the importance of conservation so the beauty of the great outdoors can be appreciated by future generations, and to provide college scholarship funding through the Rich Vogler Scholarship program.
Then in 2010 the idea for Rescue Ranch was born and was officially formed in January 2012.
See below for information about the individuals who govern the organizational policies of Rescue Ranch, oversee its fiduciary stability and carry out the mission of Rescue Ranch. We are grateful for their talents and expertise.
Board of Directors
Krissie Newman, Co-Founder & President
Ryan Newman, Co-Founder & Vice President
James Boyle, Secretary/Treasurer
Lisa Riordan, Special Events Director
EJ Zobrist, Marketing Director
Stacey Foreman, Humane Education Manager
Connie Pope, Volunteer Coordinator
Leslie Smith, Animal Care Coordinator
Heather Key, Humane Education Instructor
Emily Zoch, Humane Education Instructor
Ashlyn Newman, Animal Care Assistant
Brooklyn Newman, Animal Care Assistant