In 2009 Sean Casey Animal Rescue (SCAR) took in over 2000 animals (majority dogs and cats) from the New York City shelter system, and also found room for confiscated, neglected, injured, ill, unmanageable, or otherwise unwanted animals from private owners or zoos. Some of these were reptiles, amphibians, and other “exotic” species that need the expert care of vets or other specialists to be rehabilitated. In 2007 Sean Casey was licensed by NY State as an Assistant Wildlife Rehabilitator, and thus wildlife (squirrels, possums, ducks, geese etc.) were added to the list of animals coming through the shelter on their way to appropriate habitats.
As a community-based organization focused on educating pet owners and animal lovers about the responsibilities of pet ownership, SCAR always has its doors open to the community. The staff is available to help adopters and community members in general with questions about the health and maintenance of their pets as well as behavior and training issues. Neighborhood children can volunteer to help take care of the animals, and learn compassion as well as proper feeding, grooming, and handling. SCAR has an innovative job training and community service program for Brooklyn high school students. The program teaches these students, most of whom are disadvantaged, about the care and responsible ownership of domesticated animals. They learn hands-on skills: walking, cleaning and feeding dogs, cats, rodents, reptiles and more.
As often as twice a day, the New York City Animal Care and Control van arrives at the shelter bringing dogs, cats, hamsters, birds, snakes, iguanas, and even Siamese fighting fish. When animals come in they are assessed right away to see if there are any obvious health issues requiring an immediate visit to the vet’s office. SCAR, because of its reputation for giving comprehensive care, often receives animals that have been hit by cars or injured by other animals.
The organization always has many dogs and cats available for adoption in addition to various sorts of reptiles, birds, and small furry animals. Just about any creature in New York City who needs a home has passed through the shelter’s doors, including 100-pound land tortoises, tarantulas, boa constrictors, a donkey, a pot belly pig, a goat and various other farm animals that somehow end up living in the five boroughs of New York City.
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