Here’s a sneak peek of my current pro bono project for Sean Casey Animal Rescue (SCAR) conceived and led by the incredible Rachel Moreno of Spotify.

Rescued dogs helped raise funds for SCAR and the top fundraisers won a spot in SCAR’s first annual calendar and a shoot with me. I’ve loved meeting these incredible dogs…all of whom have dramatic stories of rescue and recovery…and their devoted owners.

This little sweetie is Kaya, whom I photographed at the beautiful cultural center and botanical gardens of Snug Harbor on Staten Island.

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Her lovely human, Sara, tells Kaya’s story here:

“Kaya saved me, and I want to pay it forward. Last July, Sean Casey Animal Rescue posted a picture of a big-eared buddy named Harriet. Harriet was carried outside to me, I knelt down, attempting to show her that I was there in peace. She hesitated, but still managed to crawl over, stopping where my knees met the concrete. I was afraid she couldn’t walk. She was afraid of everything. I was told Harriet had most likely been kept in a very small cage for most of her seven months on this earth. Her back paws were turned out, as if her limbs were actually forming to her former conformity. Eventually, she managed to reach me, rolled over, craned her neck and licked my hand. With shaky legs, in an attempt to reach my face, Harriet moved into a sitting position. Next, I became the lucky recipient of the most gentle, genuine, lick of the face, in the history of face licks. This was definitely a soul that needed love and patience, I related and adopted my daughter on the spot. The first few weeks, anytime she was spooked by a loud noise, car, or a wind blown plastic bag, I carried her. She left me no choice, as she would simply refuse to move, frozen. Stairs were her biggest fear, she threw all her body weight down and shivered anytime we got close to them. Every day I worked with her, reassured her. Slowly, she realized I would never let anything happen to her, and she has carried me ever since. We got rid of her slave name lol, and she was renamed Kaya. Kaya now enjoys 4 mile walks, and runs in the dog park, she sprints, ears fly back, dog smile on face, running as if training for a marathon. Her feet have straightened, and her faith in humanity restored. I was at a low place when I found Kaya, but she has become my constant high.”

There’s still time to donate to help SCAR meet it’s fundraising goal.

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