Want to borrow a pup for an hour? Go for a run with a four-legged friend? Just walk into the Sean Casey Animal Rescue (SCAR)—conveniently located near the dog-friendly fields of Prospect Park—and fill out a quick form. SCAR will provide you with a leash, treats, bags—and a dog in need of some exercise and attention, of course. It’s a volunteer opportunity that we think could double as a great first date.
For the past 20 years, this nonprofit, no-kill shelter has been a beloved fixture in the intersecting Windsor Terrace and Kensington communities of Brooklyn. At any given time, Sean Casey and his dedicated staff care for dozens of animals—including snakes, birds, hamsters, reptiles, and fish—taken in primarily from the city’s Animal Care Centers, but also rescued from private owners in crisis and abusive circumstances. Many of the animals at SCAR are recovering from injuries or malnourishment; other shelters would have them put down.
Going on walks is just one of the ways that you can help the animals at Sean Casey; you can also volunteer to offer on-site aid or make a tax-deductible donation. Of course, the biggest way you can help is by fostering or adopting a pet. But if you can’t manage such a large commitment or your building doesn’t allow pets, you can always pop in for some cuddles and an oxytocin fix.
Why You Should Go: Where else can you basically rent a pet (for free) and help a good cause at the same time?
Sean Casey Animal Rescue
153 East 3rd Street, Prospect Park
Open to the public 11 a.m.–7 p.m. daily; call ahead to check availability
Must be 18 or older to walk a dog