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Paws and Tails Winter Art Gallery Fundraiser - August 19

Second Chance Animal Rescue Inc. invites dog lovers to a unique fundraising event

Mirroring how Picasso used to pay for his meals with paintings, the shelter dogs and cats from Second Chance Animal Rescue are earning their keep using their (previously undiscovered) creative talents.

In a tongue-in-cheek take on the 'art world,' rescue dogs (and two cats) have added their painted paw prints to canvas which have then been transformed - by talented human artists - into masterpieces! (In the humble opinions of all of us here at SCAR).

'We like to think outside the box and do things a little bit differently' says shelter founder Marisa Debattista
'People want to have a good time and if they can do that while supporting a good cause- it's a win win.'
With styles ranging from Lab-stract and Pup-art, all the way to Bark Nouveau, there is an artistic style to suit everyone with all works available via silent auction. Bidding can also be done online in the lead up to and during the event, for people unable to make it to the exhibit. 

Each human artist has kindly donated their talents and time, with all proceeds from the works going towards supporting Second Chance Animal Rescue, allowing them to continue their life saving work in the community, helping rescue and rehome abandoned pets and supporting pet owners doing it tough.

You can learn more at

'Every time an artist delivers a finished piece to the shelter ready for the event, we are blown away by how incredible and different each one is.' says volunteer coordinator Holly Johannesen.

Meet the Human Artists:

Featuring incredible local talents such as Indigenous artist Ande Kempnich Terare, whose work hangs in the UN building in New York, to local children's book author and illustrator Kathryn Steel and mixed media artist Stirling Caiulo.

A full list of the artists is available at

Meet the Dog Pawcassos:

Rodney: The George Costanza of Dogs, loves the limelight and will do anything to get it, has collaborated with Stirling Caiulo to create a moody, evoking piece.

Layla: Talented IT girl Layla, Supermodel, bossy and knows how to work a room. She has lent her aloof beauty to the works of Emma Morgan

Soda: Charismatic, charming and gregarious lad has been hailed as the best painter amongst the group. He has collaborated with Ande Kempnich Terare.

Sir Bowington: a larger lad whose main focus is getting himself back into shape has lent his portly paws to the works of Kathryn Steel, 
pictured below with son Archer collecting her paw print canvases from SCAR.

A full list of the furry artists is available at

What: The Paws and Tails Winter Art Gallery
The night includes Nibbles & Bubbles Silent Auction, where all artwork will be available for sale on the night and SCAR Merchandising stalls.
Programs featuring information about all the artworks and the artists are available for purchase.

When: Friday 19th August 2022, from 6:00pm - 8:00pm.

Where: West Melbourne Baptist Church & Community Centre, 4 Miller St, West Melbourne, VIC 3003

Tickets: Standard Ticket - $20; VIP Ticket - $100.
The VIP Ticket includes: extra wine voucher, meet & greet with a Pawcasso, free copy of the program (signed by the artists).

Tickets are strictly limited and selling fast. Get yours here 

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