Our History

We are a community based charity run by vet professionals, animal-loving volunteers and foster carers.

Operating since 2008, we rescue and rehabilitate dogs and cats due to be euthanised at pounds and shelters across Victoria and offer them a Second Chance at finding their Forever homes.

SCAR has a foster care network with over 100 local homes caring for animals not ready for adoption, has hundreds of volunteers assisting at our Shelter in Cragieburn and at fundraising events and over 45,000 Facebook supporters.



Knowing she could make a change, Marisa launched Second Chance Animal Rescue with a handful of animals in need. 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 2019 over 10,000 animals had been rescued from not-so-pleasant fates in pounds and shelters throughout Victoriaand 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 first facility allowed us to save more animals and give potential adopters the chance to meet animals in a happy, relaxed space. Following this, in August 2019 SCAR moved from Campbellfield to Craigieburn, Victoria to open a MUCH bigger new facility which included our open-to-the-public community animal hospital, animal shelter, an education hub and cat boarding facility.

We'd love you to visit us. Who knows? You might just meet your new best friend while you are here!

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.

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