Hume pet owners doing it tough will soon be able to access heavily subsidised or free vet care for their animals thanks to Campbellfield’s Second Chance Animal Rescue.

The animal rescue organisation is planning to open an animal hospital in September.

The hospital will provide microchipping, vaccinations and de-sexing at reduced prices, as well as free food and social and financial support to help people care for their pets.

Second Chance Animal Rescue recently received a $43,000 grant from PETstock Assist to help it establish the hospital.

Second Chance Animal Rescue project manager Sarah Kilalea said the grant would help make a difference to the lives of pet owners who struggle to care for their animal friends.

“For these people, pets are often their only companion and they will go without food to ensure their pets are fed,” she said. “Knowing we can help keep their pets happy, safe and healthy will make a huge impact to their lives and the lives of their pets.”

Second Chance Animal Rescue has been rehabilitating and rehoming animals across Hume since 2008, with about 100 animals rehomed each month.