A Day in the Life of an Animal Rescuer

13 photos
1/13
Kazi Elman Awal
Casey with parrot in hand. Someone had thrown some scalding liquid on the bird and injured its face.
2/13
Kazi Elman Awal
Casey reaches for a cat, hiding underneath a dresser. The cat's owner was found dead that morning and there were no family or friends willing to adopt the ownerless animal.
3/13
Kazi Elman Awal
Casey prefers not to use tools during the rescue unless absolutely necessary. He said he gets a better sense of the animal's stress level and energy when he uses his bare hands.
4/13
Kazi Elman Awal
After a few minor scratches, Casey nabs the young cat.
5/13
Kazi Elman Awal
Casey (center) and his staff stand outside the Sean Casey Animal Rescue in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn. Most staff members are volunteers.
6/13
Kazi Elman Awal
Casey coaxes a parrot out of its cage. Having worked with animals his whole life, he is well versed in handling and caring for many species.
7/13
Kazi Elman Awal
Casey with an injured parrot in hand as one of his volunteers looks on. Casey says that someone had probably thrown some scalding liquid on the bird and burned its face.
8/13
Kazi Elman Awal
The parrot wears a cone on to protect the wound. Casey said the bird will make a full recovery.
9/13
Kazi Elman Awal
Casey helps a woman with adoption papers. He said part of his job is educating the public on all aspects of the adoption process, as well as animal care.
10/13
Kazi Elman Awal
Two customers check out a rescued snake. Along with dogs and cats, SCAR shelters reptiles, birds and small mammals. Casey was licensed by the state of New York as an assistant wildlife rehabilitator in 2007
11/13
Kazi Elman Awal
Casey, accompanied by a staff member, enters his store with a rescued cat in a carrier.
12/13
Kazi Elman Awal
Casey takes a short breather with a volunteer outside SCAR.
13/13
Kazi Elman Awal
Casey has a laugh outside his shelter. Even though he is there seven days a week and work can sometimes be difficult, he said it's always rewarding.
Contact Us