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It's tempting at Christmas time to sneak a couple of extra treats to your pets, but there are some foods that your pet should definitely avoid at any time. Whilst this list isn't exhaustive, it's a great place to start to know what you should avoid feeding to your pet!

Chocolate & Caffeine

When ingested by pets chocolate and caffeine can cause vomiting, diarrhoea, panting, excessive thirst, hyperactivity, tremors, seizures and can be potentially fatal.

Alcohol

Alcohol can cause vomiting, diarrhoea, decreased coordination, difficulty breathing, tremors, coma and can be potentially fatal.

Avocado

Avocados contain persin which can cause vomiting and diarrhoea in dogs. Birds and rodents can develop congestion, difficulty breathing and fluid accumulation around the heart.

Macadamias

Ingestion of macadamias can cause weakness, depression, vomiting, tremors and hyperthermia in dogs.

 

 

Grapes & Sultanas

Grapes and sultanas contain a toxic substance which can cause kidney failure in animals.

Cooked bones

Cooked bones can splinter when ingested. Bones should only ever be fed raw to pets.

Onions & Garlic

These can cause gastrointestinal upsets and cats are more sensitive to these than dogs. May only cause issues if ingested in large quantities.

Xylitol

Xylitol is a common sweetener and can lead to hypoglycaemia, vomiting, lethargy and loss of coordination.

If your pet does consume any of these foods it's best to contact your vet as soon as possible or the nearest vet emergency centre. You can find more information on the ASPCA Pro website about foods to avoid feeding your pets.

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This month marked the start of a new chapter for SCAR with our new shelter vet room and 5 year strategic plan being launched. I am confident that these new ventures are the starting point of many good things that are to come.

Financially, we may not see any return on the vet room initially as bills need to be paid and processes still perfected, however this clinic will mean that SCAR will finally have a sustainable income source that will insure our future in animal welfare. Next year our veterinary plans will move into stage two with the fundraising team focusing their sights on our future community veterinary clinic in Hume which will provide pet owners affordable veterinary assistance for their four legged friends. Our busy first day of surgery at the shelter clinic had 4 kitten spays, 1 greyhound spay, 1 kitten castrate and 2 consults. All animals made it through surgery extremely well.

On behalf of all the animals that will share in the benefit of this new facility we say Thank You!

Next month SCAR will be focusing a lot of our efforts on a volunteer drive in the hopes that we will be able to add another 50 to 100 foster carers and volunteers to our team. The more volunteers we have means the more animals we can save and the stronger community presence we have. In the meantime, we will continue to give the best care we can to the animals that we currently have and help as many as possible that require assistance.

Statistics for November: 68 animals taken in, 10 of which are pregnant cats, and we found 74 animals new homes. A massive effort!

Until next month,Marisa.

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This holiday season we want to say a huge THANK YOU to all of our volunteers, foster carers, supporters, staff and donors! We could not do the work we continue to do and save the lives we do without your support.

A quick recap of 2017 has shown me just how crazy this year has been for us, with the opening of our new shelter vet clinic, the running of our much needed pet outreach program, we signed up with 4 new Victorian pounds to save more animals and we rescued and rehomed over 2000 cats and dogs- just to name a few things!

This year has been a huge one for us and we can honestly say that we are looking forward to the challenges that 2018 will bring for our organisation, as always we have BIG plans.

This month alone, we took in 89 animals and found 101 new homes. We had a big influx of puppies and kittens throughout the month, and our shelter veterinary clinic has been running smoothly and efficiently with many surgeries being completed including an emergency exploratory surgery after poor little puppy Hamlet presented very flat and not wanting to eat.

Turns out that little Hamlet decided that the rocks in his foster carer’s garden were a delicious puppy snack the night before, causing the rocks to be lodged in his intestines so surgical intervention was required.

We’ve also been raising funds via mycause.com.au for Oscar to get a total hip replacement. We are more than halfway there so if you can spare some funds please head over to his fundraising page now!

On behalf of SCAR and the animals in our care, we hope you have a wonderful start to the New Year and a happy and prosperous 2018!

Until 2018,

Marisa

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Keith and his dog Peggles are best mates that were helped via the HOPP program

In my years working in animal welfare I have heard many times comments such as ‘If you can’t afford vet bills you shouldn’t own an animal’ and you know what, I may have even regrettably muttered such a comment myself in my early days. But my experience working amongst the less affluent members of our local community has taught me many things about the human-animal relationship, how important these bonds are in our society and how they encourage a level of intimacy, nurturance, and connection with those that need it most.

For pet owners who do not have the income to cover a vet bill or ongoing pet care, the idea is horrifying that their best mate could be lost due to a lack of access to services or the money to pay for them. These barriers are an unfortunate reality for many families in our community and we have daily conversations with local residents looking for somewhere to surrender their animals, not because they are unwanted or unloved, but because they are unwell or cannot be cared for appropriately. This is particularly heart breaking when many of these people want to keep their pets, and derive a substantial physical and psychological benefit from them, but simply can’t afford or don’t know how to care for them.

At SCAR we are true advocates for both human and animal welfare and we wanted to do more to help those that need it most, so with the help of a grant from the Hume City Council we started the Hume Outreach Pet Program (HOPP), a program that has the ability to transform our community (transformations that we have already witnessed with our own eyes and hearts).

HOPP has been working on reducing these barriers and assisting local pet owners to keep their pets physically well cared for and in their homes by providing financial assistance, education and resources. We have a non-judgmental approach when it comes to dealing with participants and a big emphasis is made on showing respect, creating consistent local networks of support and a local presence with affordable, readily available resources and the setting of realistic goals. 

It’s a ground-breaking proactive approach to assist pet owners in need and I for one are over the moon to be a part of this life changing program.

Marisa x

Dezi the dog with this family after Dezi was desexed via the HOPP program

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It's the time of year where we say goodbye to 2017 and a big warm welcome to 2018! If you're looking to make New Years resolutions that you'll stick to this year, make your resolution to help animals. 

Here are our New Years resolution ideas to help animals in 2018: 

  • If you're looking to bring a new feline or canine family members into your home, adopt!
  • Foster an animal until they are ready to find their new home, all you need to give them is your love
  • Volunteer your time at the shelter, events or at one of our highway collections
  • Donate to help the animals in our care and ensure that we can continue to save lives
  • Organise a collection of food, treats and toys to donate to the shelter directly
  • Share our posts via Facebook and social media to ensure that we are able to reach more people

Commit to helping animals in 2018 and help us give them the second chances they deserve! 

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To help our adult cats find their forever home this holiday season we are launching our Home Before the Holidays campaign!

Our extra special adult cats (over 12 months of age) will have their adoption fees reduced to just $80 from Tuesday the 19th of December 2017 until Saturday the 23rd of December 2017. We hope this will help some of our feline residents find their forever homes before the Christmas Holidays begin.

All our cats are desexed, microchipped, vaccinated, flea, wormed and health checked before going up for adoption. Check out their profiles online on our website or come visit them in person at 1/30-34 Adrian Rd, Campbellfield, Vic. The shelter is open from 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Monday to Saturday.

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Be Kind to Animals Week began as an initiative of American Humane back in 1915 as a way for people to show their compassion for animals. In Australia, we celebrate Be Kind to Animals Week from October 1st to 7th which coincides with World Animal Day on October 4th. The week is a reminder that we should be kind to animals 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days each year and is a good time to stop and think of the little things that you can do to be kind to animals every day.

Here at Second Chance Animal Rescue we wanted to give you 7 ideas to Be Kind to Animals this week:

  1. Help a homeless pet in need: Sign up for a monthly donation to Second Chance Animal Rescue to ensure we can continue saving lives each month.
  2. Support our native birds: Install a bird bath in your backyard to ensure that birds have plenty of access to water as the weather heats up
  3. Show your pet some extra love: Take your dog for an extra-long walk this week, give them a special treat or buy your cat a new toy, remind them that you love them
  4. Volunteer or Foster: offer your support to Second Chance Animal Rescue as a volunteer or foster carer; this helps more than you think it does!
  5. Get creative: make some fun dog or cat toys
  6. for your pets and a couple extra for the shelter too!
  7. Share: make sure all your friends know about the organisations you support and like them too, and
  8. Choose cruelty free products: be a conscious consumer and reduce your impact on animals across the world!

These are just a few of our suggestions, why not head over to the Second Chance Animal Rescue Facebook page and add some more?

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Hi guys, I’m Marisa and I am the founder of Second Chance Animal Rescue. 10 years in and we have an awesome shelter facility, over 350 volunteers and a team of 7 staff that help us continue our mission in the community. Who would have thought that a small lounge room rescue (yes SCAR literally started in my lounge room) would have grown into the organisation it is today.

At the young age of 23 I was working as a vet nurse and loved what I was doing, but something just didn’t sit right with me. Every day I would witness stray animals coming into our clinic that were sent off to the pound in the hope that an owner would be found and they would be reunited. Sadly, this was not always the case and many of the animals that I met never went home. In fact, they were likely to have met a far worse fate.

So what could I do? 

I couldn’t adopt them all (I tried that and after 7 animals I quickly realised that I was either going to run out of space or get divorced pretty quickly). So I had this crazy idea that I would adopt one cat from the pound and then hand pick a wonderful new home for it… almost like a matchmaker for our four legged friends. And guess what… it worked! Not only did the cat find a wonderful home but the new owner very kindly covered what it cost me for the kitty’s medical work and then some. I ended up with an extra $80 in my pocket, which I used to save the next cat from the pound… and hey presto SCAR was born!

It wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows though, along the way to our new facility funding has been hard to come by and we have had to deal with some very hard welfare situations and some quite confronting cases. We have had to manage compassion fatigue and burn out on a regular basis (trying to rid the world of animal homelessness can be a pretty hard job sometimes) as well as all the other issues that non-profit organisations deal with on a regular basis.

All in all, we have survived the last 10 years and we are still standing - stronger than ever I might add. My team of animal warriors and I look forward to seeing what SCAR can achieve in the next 10 years!  

Marisa x

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