11Dec

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Hot off the presses and available to order!

The 12 Tails / Sean Casey Animal Rescue Fundraising Calendar was conceived and helmed by the brilliant Rachel Moreno and designed by the incredibly talented Adam Dalton of ADZN Studio.

I had the honor of photographing all twelve of the calendar dogs who won the opportunity to be featured in the calendar when they raised the most funds during the 12 Tails campaign this fall. Every shoot was a revelation as each family arrived not only with a gorgeous dog in tow (or enthusiastically leading the way) but also with a poignant story about his or her rescue.

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There’s the dog that was found sickly and tied to a roof; a jindo mutt who had been crated so long she knew only how to crawl; the giant mastiff  who was at less than half his proper weight when the shelter took him in; the hound who developed a kind of canine breast cancer an recovered only to have her first adopter die of breast cancer later; and a sweet pup who had been hit by a car while living on the streets and lost a front leg.  These are all dogs who were desperately in need of patient, understanding humans who could look past their foibles, injuries and fears and help them through the roughest parts of adapting to new homes…and they found them in these generous, big hearted families.

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When I step back and look at the calendar and take it all in, I realize it’s an expression of love : created and populated by a collection of people who believe not only in the power of caring for and rescuing homeless animals but who also revel in the joy and beautiful bonds created amongst other animal loving humans in the process.  How fortunate I feel to be included in this group. (And a special shout out to Samantha Gurrie, Editorial Director of the stunning new magazine Four & Sons , devoted to dogs and culture, who connected Rachel and Me.)

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The calendar is on sale now for $25 until December 22 and $30 thereafter.

Click HERE to order. 

All proceeds will go to Sean Casey Animal Rescue’s (SCAR) efforts.

To learn more about the organization and how to adopt your own furry family member or to volunteer click HERE.

 

Sean Casey Animal Rescue is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, no-kill animal shelter. 

The Mission
The purpose of this endeavor is to aid unfortunate animals in the interest of a higher quality of life. We take in rescued, confiscated, neglected, injured, ill, unmanageable, or otherwise unwanted animals from private owners, zoos, shelters, and other public organizations. These animals are cared for, and/or rehabilitated to the best of our ability and means until which time they can be found healthy, happy homes – whether it be through adoption to qualified candidates or legally released into habitats suitable to the specific species in conjunction with licensed wildlife rehabilitators.

Check out the rest of our beautiful calendar dogs and their humans below!

 

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06Nov

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.

I hope you’ll visit this link for more info:

www.12tails.org