Our History

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 2017 over 8000 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. In August, 2019 SCAR moved from Campbellfield to Craigieburn, Victoria to open our new facility including  our Community Animal Hospital, Shelter and Cat Boarding. 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.