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Put Pups First

The Cornish Seal Sanctuary rescues 75+ pups in need every winter and each pup costs, on average, £2000 to rehabilitate, not including special cases. Due to Covid-19, the sanctuary now faces a difficult pup season and needs your help to Put Pups First
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Closed on 31/03/2022
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This year's pup season is remarkably still ongoing, with pups being born into the summer months! Our dedicated animal care team are working round the clock to provide vital care to the pups in need as well as all our lovely residents. With a busier time than usual, our already stretched resources are having to go further. Please help us through this challenging time and support the care of pups in need, and donate to Put Pups First.

The Cornish Seal Sanctuary has been an animal rescue facility for more than 60 years, helping seal pups in need from around the coastline. As the only seal sanctuary in Cornwall, pups rely on us to help support them through difficult winters.

Seal pups can find themselves in difficulty due to issues such as malnourishment due to separation from mum, wounds caused by marine litter or storms and disturbance from human activity, leaving them unable to fend for themselves in the wild. This is where the Cornish Seal Sanctuary comes in. We rescue seal pups who need support during these difficult times. With decades of experience, our team of experts are able to give them the care they need, administering life saving medication or facilitating vital surgery and helping them to learn how to fend for themselves before they can be released back to the wild.

As well as our work rescuing vulnerable seal pups, the Cornish Seal Sanctuary provides a permanent home to those who cannot be released back to the wild due to medical issues. Most pups are successfully released, but on occasions, a few require ongoing care and medication for the rest of their lives and our site in Gweek is specially designed to ensure those animals can live a happy, comfortable life with us.

The Put Pups First campaign is all about supporting seal pups, providing advice and vital information to the public and helping the Cornish Seal Sanctuary to continue our work, however after a very difficult year, we need your help so we can help them. Due to Coronavirus we have found ourselves struggling and with the pup season ahead of us, we are asking for your help to get us back on track to be able to continue our work. In the 3 month long lock down from March to June and now operating with limited capacity due to social distancing over the key summer months, we have seen losses of £700, 000, much needed funding to get us through another busy pup season.

Pups cost, on average, around £2000 each to rehabilitate and this doesn't include special cases, such as Hope, who was found so entangled in netting she could have died or Ted who need life-saving surgery. Without the Cornish Seal Sanctuary, pups like these wouldn't survive and we rely on your support to help us continue our work.

Here are some examples of how your donations will be spent:

£5/day to feed a hospitalised seal pup

£10 buys 5L sterilising solution for baby bottles and pup feeding equipment

£15 multivitamins and iron for one seal pup for an average length of rehabilitation

£60 pays for a full veterinary clinical assessment vet visit, bloods, assessment

£100 pays for a 25L of disinfectant for daily cleaning of seal pup pens, equipment and the seal hospital

£150 pays to kit out one seal pup pen ready for a new pup seal treatment kit (thermometer, stomach tube, kidney dish, eye stain, saline, skin cleanser, antibiotic spray, needles and syringes), pen cleaning equipment, waterproof overalls, coat and wellies.

A donation of any size would go such a long way, and help to protect the animals at our Sanctuary that has been a huge part of Cornwall's heritage and an important animal rescue facility for over 60 years.

Thank you so much for your kind support.

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The SEA LIFE TRUST is dedicated to protecting the world’s oceans and incredible marine life, now and for the future. Through our marine animal Sanctuaries, conservation projects and campaigns, we work across the world to protect our seas, beautiful marine animals, and vital habitats.

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