Animal rescue marks 15 years

Second Chance Animal Rescue founder and chief executive, Marisa Debattista with dog Charlie.(Damjan Janevski)

Hannah Hammoud

Craigieburn’s Second Chance Animal Rescue (SCAR) organisation is inviting the community to join in on its 15th birthday celebrations.

SCAR is a not-for-profit organisation that helps rescue, rehome and rehabilitate displaced and abandoned pets, and to support vulnerable pet owners through tough times by keeping their pets happy, healthy and at home.

To help celebrate the milestone, SCAR chief executive Marisa Debattista is inviting the community to the shelter on Saturday, March 18.

“We wouldn’t be here today without the support of our community,” she said.

“It has been 15 years of rescuing and rehabilitating animals … we want to celebrate with everyone who has helped us over the years.”

The event will run from 10am to 4pm and will include lots of birthday celebrations and plenty of entertainment for the whole family.

Marisa opened up SCAR in 2008, with the community-based charity run by vet professionals, animal-loving volunteers and foster carers.

“It feels surreal, SCAR started as a small organisation 15 years ago and it’s now become a huge organisation with many people involved,” said Marisa

“It’s fantastic to look back and see the difference we’ve been able to make for people and their pets.”

SCAR is at 23 Grasslands Avenue, Craigieburn.