Racing and Rescued Animals: Farm Sanctuary at Watkins Glen


When I was at Watkins Glen for rounds 9 and 10 of the Global Mazda MX-5 Cup Series, we visited Farm Sanctuary, which is only about 20 minutes away from the track. Mazda MX-5 Cup’s Dean Case introduced us to the place, and a number of IMSA drivers also visit when they have race weekends at Watkins Glen.

Farm Sanctuary is a 175-acre shelter for farm animals. They do things like rehabbing animals and helping nurse sick ones back to health. It was cool to meet some of the animals who had been through tough times, and to see how they look now compared to how they did before they were rescued. While I was there they brought in a cow that had fallen off the back of a truck, resulting in a severe skin condition.

The shelter has tons of goats, sheep, alpacas, bulls, and we even got to stand next to a cow that weighed almost 3,000 pounds! He was named Tweed, and he was so sweet. A lot of the pigs were huge, and it was cool to see just how big they can actually be!

It’s cool to see the other side of these animals, like how calm and laid back the cows were, and how they let us hug and touch them. The sheep walked up to us, leaned on us and nibbled on our jackets. They just want to be hugged and get attention.

We also met a goat who was in a wheelchair since his back legs don’t work, and he was running around in that. It was so good to see the little guy still able to get around thanks to the help he got from Farm Sanctuary.

I’m heading into the season finale for MX-5 Cup this weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. On Friday, we’ll be visiting the Monterey SPCA. Stay tuned for more animal pictures, as well as a report on our final event this season. We’re aiming for top-ten in points, so it’s going to be an exciting weekend!