NASCAR Cat Racing Ryan Newman Rescue Ranch

Life in the Slow Lane

Cat® Racing driver devotes off-track time to animal rescue and children’s educational programs

NASCAR driver Ryan Newman is a man with heart—whether he’s behind the wheel of the No. 31 Chevrolet, a Richard Childress Racing (RCR) car sponsored by Cat® Racing—or working with animals at the Rescue Ranch, a nonprofit founded and run by his wife Krissie Newman.

Rescue Ranch is a forever-home for a variety of animals. But it's also a place where children and their families can learn about responsible pet ownership.

“All our programs are education-focused,” explains Krissie. “They range from field trips and summer camps to birthday parties, scouting activities and homeschooling events.”

More than 10,000 children have been educated at Rescue Ranch since it opened in 2013.

“It’s an opportunity for kids to leave their screens behind for a while,” says Ryan. “A chance to spend time outside, having fun and learning about animals.”

“IT’S AN OPPORTUNITY FOR KIDS TO LEAVE THEIR SCREENS BEHIND FOR A WHILE. A CHANCE TO SPEND TIME OUTSIDE, HAVING FUN AND LEARNING ABOUT ANIMALS.”


“Teaching kids to take care of living things helps nurture a compassionate spirit,” Krissie adds. “We hope children leave here with a different level of empathy and respect—for animals, for the environment, for all living things.”

While a big part of the Rescue Ranch experience involves caring for a variety of critters, there is plenty of playtime built into the schedule.  The ranch features an inclusive playground, designed to be accessible to children of all abilities.

“About the time we were thinking about building a play area, I met some folks in occupational therapy who were talking about how a playground can be a dark place for kids with physical or emotional challenges,” says Krissie. “So we decided to create a space where all kids would have a chance to play and play together.”

While a big part of the Rescue Ranch experience involves caring for a variety of critters, there is plenty of playtime built into the schedule.  The ranch features an inclusive playground, designed to be accessible to children of all abilities.

“About the time we were thinking about building a play area, I met some folks in occupational therapy who were talking about how a playground can be a dark place for kids with physical or emotional challenges,” says Krissie. “So we decided to create a space where all kids would have a chance to play and play together.”

 

Ryan and Krissie Newman talk about their non-profit animal welfare organization, Rescue Ranch.

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