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SCAR Howloween Fundraiser - October 28

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The staff and volunteers of Second Chance Animal Rescue in Craigieburn are once again putting aside any form of dignity and pride they have to raise funds for the animals they rescue.

In a live stream event this Howloween for every $1,000 raised, a member of the team will undertake specific challenges including bobbing for pet treats, getting a SCAR themed tattoo - and at $10,000, brave CEO, Marisa Debattista has agreed to jump from a plane – all to raise money for the animals in their care.

"It’s been a long, scary year at SCAR. Our kennels have been overflowing with homeless pets, adoption rates at an all-time low, and the need for our pet outreach services has increased dramatically.' says Marisa.

Friday 28th October, they will be going the extra spooky mile to raise spirits and funds, to help keep the lights on at SCAR and make the lives of pets and their people a lot less scary.

Their goal is to reach $10,000 to go towards rescuing and rehoming abandoned pets and the SCAR Outreach Program: supporting vulnerable pet owners, whether they are facing financial disadvantage, escaping domestic and family violence or in need of urgent medical assistance for their animals.

'By providing free pet food, emergency boarding for the pets of people escaping family violence (until they can secure safe refuge), or free medical care for struggling pet owners, we support our community by building resilience and enabling people to leave violence sooner.' said Founder, Marisa Debattista.

SCAR will be accepting donations from October 1 up until October 28.

For more information on how to donate, visit

Follow the live stream on October 28 from 10:00am and see the update on dares here

Learn more about SCAR's Outreach Program

✔️ Food:

SCAR partners with multiple human services organisations to ensure pet food is delivered to pet owners in need as well as operating a free pet food pantry onsite at the animal shelter every weekend where pet owners can take what they need no questions asked.

✔️ Emergency Boarding:

SCAR supports pet owners experiencing domestic and family violence through our extensive range of referral organisations.
They provide free emergency boarding for the pets of people escaping violence until safe refuge has been secured. Once survivors find safe housing they are reunited with the beloved pets. 33% of pet owners experiencing DFV delay leaving a violent home for fear for their pets lives at the hands of the perpetrator. Only 3% of human refuges accept pets so this is a much needed solution to enabling families to escape a violent home quicker and remove the emotional trauma of leaving their pets behind.

✔️ Free Medical Care:

The SCAR Vet Surgery provides emergency medical and routine care including: desexing and vaccinating the pets of people who cannot afford treatment. This is a grass roots approach to stopping the cycle of shelter relinquishment by keeping pets happy, healthy and home with the people that love them and avoiding unwanted litters.

MEDIA RELEASE, 19th October 2022

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