Food and cleaning supplies for animal rehabilitation
MMCC has been rehabilitating seals and sea lions rescued from the LA County coastline since 1992. We operate under a permit from the National Marine Fisheries Service, who relies on us to implement the goals of the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972. Since our opening, we have admitted approximately 8,000 stranded sea lions and seals. These Pinnipeds of all ages are brought to our hospital for various reasons year round, the most common being malnourishment and dehydration. This is caused by pups weaning from their moms too early, a lack of fish in the ocean due to warmer water temperatures, or the inability for the pups to travel to find fish. Older sea lions and seals face these dangers:
Young adults who are victims of shark bites, bullet wounds and domoic acid poisoning (algae blooms due to warmer ocean temperatures).
Older adults who are injured or blind.
All ages come in for fishing gear entanglement, plastic ingestion and entanglement, and oil spills.
Although it’s rare, we provide triage support for dolphins that require transportation to a larger hospital in San Diego.
On average, an animal will stay under our care for 10 to 12 weeks. Each animal rehabilitated costs approximately $5,000. We have a tremendous veterinarian staff and volunteers who work around the clock to clean animal shelters, feed the animals, administer appropriate medicine and even perform surgeries. Your generous donations support this. Our largest cost, as you can imagine, is fish and medical supplies. We blow through hundreds of pounds of fish and other ingredients for nutrient rich fish smoothies for the malnourished animals, as well as vitamins and medical supplies. We have without a doubt seen an increase in animals admitted over the past years due to warmer water temperatures and human impact. Your donations are greatly appreciated.
Purchase of desperately needed supplies that are used on an everyday basis:
Safflower oil and vegetable oil which is used as a food supplement for the pups
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Marine Mammal Care Center, LA
$25 of $1,000 raised
“More animals have been admitted over the past years due to warmer water temperatures and human impact. “
Together we can build a groundswell of support for our oceans.