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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 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 future plans include hiking and walking trails, an inclusive playground, a 24-hour emergency veterinarian clinic with an extern program, a therapeutic riding program, and a rescue foster adoption program.

Our Mission

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.

Our Vision

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!

Our Founders


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. 

Our Leadership

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

Mike Arms

Chris Cartner

Michael Horvath

Blair Miller

Management Team

Meghan Heath, Development Director

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

 

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