Second Chance Animal Rescue (SCAR) is looking for support to continue safelyhousing the pets of people escaping domestic and family violence situations.

SCAR’s Safe House for Pets Program assists people escaping harmful and violentsituations by giving them somewhere to safely look after their pets while theyseek refuge.

Research by the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) reported that onethird of women surveyed delayed leaving a violent home for fear of their pet’slives. Currently only three per cent of domestic violence shelters inAustralia accept animals.

Marisa Debattista, SCAR founder and CEO, said funding is hard to come by anddonations have decreased over the COVID pandemic.

“We are receiving calls daily asking for help and we try to never turn awayany pet owners needing help, but Second Chance is struggling every day to makeends meet and we are looking for a miracle.”

SCAR was founded in 2008 by Debattista when she realised too many cats anddogs were being euthanised simply because pounds and shelters didn’t have thespace to keep them.

The shelter in Craigieburn rescues animals due to be put to sleep and offersthem a second chance at finding their forever homes. The facility also offersaffordable veterinary care, and free pet food and medical care to the pets ofpeople struggling financially.

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