Howl-o-ween gone to the dogs (and cats)
Second Chance Animal Rescue in Melbourne is one of our amazing past Rescue Awards winners for the Outstanding Animal Shelter award category. This Halloween or rather we like to call it ‘Howl-o-ween’, this great organisation has come up with an inventive way to embrace the spooky season while supporting pets in need.
Times have been tough, for everyone in Melbourne, but especially for Animal Rescue Charities.
‘Second Chance Animal Rescue focuses on rescuing and rehoming pets in need and supporting pet owners in the community who cannot afford to look after their pets by offering pet food, medical care and vaccinations. All of this support doesn’t come cheap and with Covid lockdowns, forced closures and a drop in donations, times have got even tougher.’ Says CEO, Marisa Debattista.
‘The bank account is very low and our shelter is FULL of homeless animals in need.’ She goes on to say.
‘We were planning on hosting a Howl-o-ween ball as a fundraiser but sadly, due to restrictions we’ve had to put that on hold until February next year, so instead we’ve created a fun forfeit live stream event where myself and my team will take part in ghoulish forfeits for donations.
We’ll do anything for the animals here!’ she says with a nervous laugh.
So, this Howl-o-ween, to raise spirits (not the ghostly kind) and to help raise vital funds for vulnerable pets, on Friday 29th October from 10am, staff will be going the extra spooky mile to prove that they will indeed do just about anything to help the animals in their care!
Some forfeits you can choose from include:
– $10 donation: eat some ‘cat litter’ cake
– $30 donation: Eat their lunch out of a dog bowl (no hands)
– $100 donation: Be walked down the street wearing a collar and lead like a dog
– $250 donation: Have a full bucket of sloppy dog food poured on their heads
– $300 donation: Get hydro bathed in our grooming room in their full work gear (soap and all)
– $500 donation: Sleep overnight in a haunted dog kennel in the shelter
SUPPPORT THIS HOWLOWEEN FUNDRAISER
Or their website www.secondchanceanimalrescue.com.au
ABOUT SECOND CHANCE ANIMAL RESCUE
SCAR was established in 2008 in the loungeroom of SCAR Founder and veterinary nurse, Marisa Debattista, as she realised that too many dogs and cats were being put to sleep simply because pounds and shelters didn’t have the space to keep them. After years of fundraising she has moved the shelter from its previous home in Campbellfield to a new facility in Craigieburn.
The Shelter and Animal Hospital facility in Craigieburn rescues animals, due to be euthanised, from other pounds and shelters and offer them a second chance at finding their forever homes. The Facility also offers affordable veterinary care and free pet food and medical care to the pets of people struggling financially. To date they have rescued and rehomed over 12,000 animals and supported thousands of families in need.