Members Statement: Second Chance Animal Rescue

Ms SPENCE (Yuroke) (13:42:19): A huge welcome to the Yuroke electorate for Second Chance Animal Rescue as they complete their new animal hospital and relocate their animal shelter to Craigieburn. Recently I had the pleasure of visiting with Minister Symes to announce a grant of more than $45 000 from the government’s Animal Welfare Fund to help support this great new facility. Thank you to staff, volunteers and CEO Marisa Debattista for showing us around and introducing us to a group of extremely cute puppies. As the owner of four rescue cats, I am particularly delighted that Second Chance is moving to the Yuroke electorate. Second Chance has been in Campbellfield for four years and has played an important role in animal welfare in Hume for over 11 years. Having reached a milestone of 10 000 adoptions in April, Second Chance works tirelessly to give cats and dogs a new lease on life and, as the name says, a second chance. Aside from their rehoming program, they also provide public education to promote responsible pet ownership and a pet food bank for animal owners who are doing it tough. Importantly, Second Chance’s new location will include the addition of a community animal hospital, which will provide low-cost medical care for pets from families in need. I am also pleased that Second Chance will reserve space in their new home to provide temporary housing for pets belonging to individuals escaping family violence. Well done to all involved, and I look forward to visiting again once the facility is officially open. I encourage everyone who can to access the services at Second Chance Animal Rescue so that those who cannot afford to do so can also be supported.