For more than 10 years, we have been in partnership with Pawz for Thought, the Sunderland-based animal charity. Throughout this period, we’ve been collaborating closely to provide immediate rescue for seal pups. With our joint efforts, we’ve created a rescue centre offering emergency care for seal pups, as well as other marine life that washes up on our Tyne and Wear coast.
The Marine Rescue Centre is a purpose-built rescue facility where we can efficiently provide the necessary care and treatments for sick, injured, and abandoned seal pups and other marine life. Since the opening of the centre, we’ve rescued more than 200 seals, which, once stabilised, are then transferred by the RSPCA to their Wildlife Centre in Norfolk.
The success of this initiative has resulted in a growing demand for additional care and support – so much so that we have decided to create a permanent, purpose-built rescue facility. The new rescue facility has eight main areas: three enclosures dedicated for marine and general animal holding, and two additional enclosures of multi-function design that can be easily converted into one large floatation pool. There’s also an area for veterinary inspection, plus two preparation areas for the dietary and medication requirements of all of our rescued animals.
The building has been carefully planned to accommodate up to six seal pups at a time, with holding areas to facilitate more should we need to in the future. To stay up-to-date with all our rescue efforts, don’t forget to check back on our website regularly. Alternatively, you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest animal news.