Volunteers needed to rehabilitate sea lion pups

February 22, 2013 by  

The adorable furry faces of sea lion pups peer out from the web pages of the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Canyon waiting for volunteers to help care for them.

Over the past several weeks, more than 100 sea lion pups have been washed ashore up and down California’s coastline suffering from malnutrition and injuries. Currently, there are 40 pups at the center, which nourishes the pups back to health and releases them back to the wild.

The website shows a picture of each pup and lists their size, sex, where they were found, and their injuries or illness. A webcam lets visitors watch as the patients frolic in their pool, and no doubt flyer printing is also used to promote the efforts.

Volunteers are needed to help feed and weight the animals, help with laundry, dishes, cleaning pens, preparing meals, releases, and rescues. Volunteers must be age 21 or older and must be willing to commit to one 4 – 6 hour shift per week for at least one year. The facilities busy season lasts now through August.

The Pacific Marine Mammal Center is the only rescue facility in Orange County that is licensed to care for the animals that get stranded on the beaches. Each year, the facility rescues hundreds of ocean wildlife include Northern Elephant Seals, California sea lions, Harbors Seals and the occasional dolphin, otter, or whale.

The center is located at 20612 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach, just down the coast from Laguna Nigel. For more information call (949) 494-3050.