Racers Advocate for Rescued Farm Animals

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (18 NEWS) - Watkins Glen is known mostly for world-class Motorsports and also for being home to farm sanctuary's world-class shelter for abused and neglected farm animals. But did you know that Farm Sanctuary has a growing team of race car drivers who support their work to protect farm animals from cruelty? 

The National Shelter Director Susie Coston is thrilled to continually see race car drivers come out and help in the support for animal issues year after year. Coston, like most hate to see animals abused or neglected, however her reach goes a little further than just cats and dogs, she focuses on farm animals at the sanctuary in Watkins Glen. 

Susie Coston is so grateful for the racers coming to help get Farm Sanctuary's message, "Getting a new voice to help animals is what we all want and the animals here represent billions of animals that are killed every single year for food, so farm animal rescue to us is about getting that message out." 

Many people are big advocates for animal rights, however, not everyone in the public eye are always a part of it. For some like Matt Cresci, Mazda Motorsports scholarship driver of 2017, this is the first time getting out there to advocate for something that means so much to many. "It's great to come out and check it out, you know I love animals and being able to check out some ordinary farm animals, goats and pigs and chickens and roosters and seeing them be actually a little more similar to you know cats and dogs."

The best part about visiting Farm Sanctuary is that you get to see real success stories right in front of your eyes, you can see the rehabilitation that has been happening with many of the animals and can see the progress that they have been able to make since coming to the sanctuary. 

"The goat with the wheelchair, I mean that's awesome! because you see it all on social media and then you get to see it in real life it's pretty awesome, it's pretty heartwarming to be honest to see that people are putting in their time to spend with these animals," said Ashton Harrison.

Many of the animals that call the Sanctuary home come from places where natural disaster has struck. I asked Coston about the recent disaster in Texas and she tell me that they are working closley with officials to help aid in the rescue of any of the animals that may have been affected by Harvey. 

 

 

 

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