May 22, 2014





Unique summer camp offers hands-on activities and veterinary experience

STATESVILLE, N.C. (May 22, 2014) – With summer around the corner and camp options galore, more than 200 children will receive hands-on experience with animals at Rescue Ranch’s Critter Camp, a one-week camp session for first through eighth graders offered nine different weeks this summer. Rescue Ranch is a nonprofit animal welfare organization aimed at promoting humane care and education, as well as ending pet overpopulation.

Children will be fully immersed in learning by experiencing all things fur, feather and scales with animal-related educational activities, animal interactions, special guests, crafts and other activities. Select camp sessions also feature a mock veterinary program provided by VCA Animal Hospitals. Children will learn some of the ins and outs of the profession, including practicing sutures and learning about animal health.

Each week’s activities may also include interaction with Otis, the ranch’s sweet new seven month old Holstein steer; the herd of Tennessee Fainting Goats; Ola, a Green Cheek Conure and Hank, the Flemish Giant.

Registration for camp will remain open as long as space is available.

“We have developed an exciting line-up of activities that will educate the children on the importance of humane care while also allowing them to have fun,” said Krissie Newman, executive director of Rescue Ranch. “The mock veterinary programs taking place are a great way for the kids that may have already shown interest in that type of career path to get a feel for what it is really like.”

Camp activities will allow participants to make a valuable impact completing service projects to benefit animals including making blankets and toys for shelter animals, decorating bandanas for shelter dogs, building birdfeeders and designing educational posters.

Each camp session includes activities specifically tailored to the children’s ages.

For more information on Rescue Ranch’s Critter Camps or to access the camp registration, visit

Media Contact:
Kristen Bright
ASPIRE Communications
(704) 516-6913

About Rescue Ranch:
Formed in 2012 on 87-acres in Statesville, North Carolina, Rescue Ranch is a nonprofit animal welfare organization founded by Krissie Newman and her husband, NASCAR driver Ryan Newman. The ranch promotes humane education and care for animals and is aimed at ending pet overpopulation. Rescue Ranch offers summer camps, school and troop programs and in the future walking and riding trails, memorial gardens, spay/neuter services and more.


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