Second Chance Animal Rescue was founded in 2008 after vet nurse and local shelter volunteer Marisa Debattista witnessed firsthand how many beautiful animals needed help, versus how little resources were available.


Knowing she could make a change, Marisa launched Second Chance Animal Rescue with a few vet nurse friends and a handful of animals. Since then, we've grown into a network of hundreds of foster carers and other volunteers, with just as many cats and dogs in care. We're proud to say that by the end of 2015 over 6000 animals had been rescued from not-so-pleasant fates in pounds and shelters throughout Victoria, and are now happily settled in new homes around the state. (Of course, our adopters will tell you, the question remains about just who saved who!)


On April 19th, 2015, after many years of planning and endless fundraising efforts, our first animal shelter opened in Campbellfield, Victoria. This allows us to save more animals and gives potential adopters the chance to meet animals in a happy, relaxed space. We'd love you to visit us. Who knows? You might just meet your new best friend.


Second Chance Animal Rescue is a not-for-profit organisation with Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status, meaning all donations over $2 are tax deductible. Click here to donate today.

Please consider a bequest to Second Chance Animal Rescue in your will. With your help, we can continue our rescue work for years to come. Click here to find out more about leaving a bequest.

Our Mission

Enriching the lives of companion animals by reducing overpopulation, increasing adoptions and engaging the hearts, hands and minds of the community.

Our Vision

To be an outstanding animal welfare organisation in caring for homeless and unwanted dogs and cats and in enhancing the responsible ownership of these animals in the community. We look forward to a society that no longer views adoptable companion animals as a disposable commodity and where all companion animals have a loving home where they are treated with compassion and respect.


We will fulfil this mission by performing the following functions:

  • Providing optimal services to maximise pet adoptions for sick, injured, abused and abandoned adoptable companion animals.
  • Reducing overpopulation of cats and dogs via desexing programs within our community.
  • Providing education and resources to the public in all aspects of responsible pet ownership.
  • Employing passionate staff and providing them with training opportunities and professional development to advance their skills and careers in an equal opportunity work environment.
  • Promoting public awareness for Second Chance Animal Rescue Inc., our Vision, Mission and Core Values.
  • Providing a quality and professional service to all clients, customers and requests for services from the public.
  • Cooperating and liaising with like-minded animal welfare organisations.
  • Fostering a safe, healthy and environmentally sustainable workplace for the public, our staff and the animals in our care.
  • Managing our financial resources effectively and with transparency such that we continue to be financially viable.

Second Chance Animal Rescue is a pro-life charity that operates with the help of foster carers and volunteers to rescue and re-home dogs and cats that need a 'second chance'.


We are a registered non-profit organisation operating under ABN 88 630 395 653.