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Hout Bay Seal Rescue Centre

Hout Bay Seal Rescue Centre

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The HBSRC was started in 1999 by the late Francois Hugo who has since passed away. The facility is now run by Volunteers.

Our mission is to intervene when seals are in distress. 

We rescue injured, sick or orphaned seals and then rehabilitate and return them to their natural environment within the Cape Peninsula Metropolitan Region. 

The centre responds to all cases reported. 

Our volunteers are on standby 24 hours a day to immediately respond to calls of seals in distress. 

As part of the rehabilitation process, seals that arrive at the centre are immediately treated for dehydration and are hand-fed until they are strong enough to catch their own fish. We also have a water enclosure at the centre, where the seal pups can safely enter and learn to swim before they are fully strong and healthy and able to fend for themselves in the ocean. 

Many of our rescues also require specialised medical care. The Centre has a Veterinarian on standby and our 3 full-time staff work around the clock to ensure seals are given any prescribed medication as required by the vet. 

Younger seals generally stay at the centre for a one year. Seals older than one year old will stay the length of time required to heal from their injuries. These older seals are generally treated as “outpatients” and swim freely in the ocean surrounding the centre by day, by sleep on the centre’s jetties at night. 

The Cape Fur Seal is a protected species in terms of the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act (10/2004): Threatened or Protected Marine Species Regulations. 

The HBSRC relies solely on donations from the public and is a registered NPO. 

- What you need funding for:

We rely solely on donations to operate. 

Donations cover:

  1. Veterinary medicines and bills,
  2. Fish
  3. Puppy milk
  4. 3 on-site rescue employees 
  5. Rescue equipment. 

- The name of the area/province you will be working in:

Rescue and rehabilitation centre for Cape Fur Seals in Hout Bay and along the West Coast of Southern Africa

- What you will be able to achieve with funds raised:

As the only seal rescue centre in the Western Cape, we need your help to continue caring for injured and orphaned seals. 

Our monthly costs are R62,500 which includes:

-       3 full-time seal carers working on shift rotation to ensure the centre is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year 

-       Medication, Prolite, antibiotics, cortisone and puppy milk

-       Fish 

-       Repairs and maintenance - ongoing upkeep of the centre and fencing and repairs to surrounding areas

-       Veterinary services, transportation costs to purchase goods and fish and other unforeseen emergency costs

Additional - once-off purchase of 10 large dog crates for all volunteers for beach rescue costs R50,000

Donations

  • Jun 08, 2022 - USD $ 32.50
  • "Thank you for being kind to sea pups." - Tamika Thompson Burke

  • Jun 06, 2022 - USD $ 35.00
  • "Thank you for taking care of the fur seals." - Ting

  • May 29, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Thank you for all u do!" - Elena

  • May 29, 2022 - R 106.00
  • "So much gratitude goes out to all of you and all you do! Will keep spreading the word" - Sam

  • May 24, 2022 - R 500.00
  • "Thank you for all u do!" - Elena

  • Apr 28, 2022 - R 106.00
  • "So much gratitude goes out to all of you and all you do! Will keep spreading the word" - Sam

  • Apr 28, 2022 - USD $ 12.60
  • "Thank you for your work!" - Audrey

  • Apr 23, 2022 - USD $ 128.35
  • "So impressed with how quickly you saved a seal I reported whilst I was on holiday to Cape Town. I the UK could learn some real lessons from you all on how to save wildlife and respond quickly." - Anya Pearson

  • Apr 23, 2022 - USD $ 12.84
  • "A little something, but a big thank you for the work you do" - Andy

  • Apr 08, 2022 - USD $ 67.83
  • "I hope this helps! The world needs more people like you" - Daniele

  • Apr 04, 2022 - USD $ 6.83
  • "With love from Mexico :) " - Dany Gago

  • Mar 30, 2022 - R 106.00
  • "So much gratitude goes out to all of you and all you do! Will keep spreading the word" - Sam

  • Mar 25, 2022 - USD $ 36.00
  • "bless all of you." - Azai

  • Feb 26, 2022 - R 540.00
  • "This gift is in honor of my friend Jesse Kerzner on the occasion of his Bar Mitzvah" - Dani-Rose Zive

  • Feb 25, 2022 - R 212.00
  • "Wish I could help more , please save our Seals !! " - Candice Davy

  • Feb 25, 2022 - R 212.00
  • "Keep up the good work" - Tyrone Kidney

  • Feb 25, 2022 - R 106.00
  • "So much gratitude goes out to all of you and all you do! Will keep spreading the word" - Sam

  • Feb 24, 2022 - USD $ 6.61
  • "Wishing you all the best in your efforts to save seals" - Luciana

  • Feb 23, 2022 - USD $ 27.00
  • "Thank for taking care of the seals." - I TING

  • Feb 23, 2022 - USD $ 27.12
  • "Best of luck from Northern Ireland! For the seals and the wonderful work you do " - Paul McGuckin

  • Feb 22, 2022 - USD $ 20.00
  • "For the seals!" - Dasha

  • Feb 21, 2022 - USD $ 19.82
  • "Thank you for the work that you do. Please post updates and let us know if we can help in any other way." - Elisabeth

  • Feb 21, 2022 - R 200.00
  • "Thank you for your amazing work!" - Nilene

  • Feb 20, 2022 - R 100.00
  • "n/a" - Kyle

  • Feb 20, 2022 - USD $ 13.23
  • "For the seals!" - Blubellie

  • Feb 20, 2022 - USD $ 20.00
  • "Keep up the good work :)" - Jen

  • Feb 20, 2022 - USD $ 33.08
  • "Thank you for your work in protecting our wildlife " - Carlene

  • Feb 19, 2022 - USD $ 19.85
  • "Thank you for your work! " - Cali

  • Feb 19, 2022 - USD $ 99.23
  • "I saw your Reddit post & want to help " - Stephanie Stack

  • Feb 19, 2022 - USD $ 33.08
  • "Dankie vir julle goeie werk!" - Anoniem

  • Feb 19, 2022 - USD $ 66.15
  • "Thank you for all your work!!" - Gail Barclay

  • Feb 19, 2022 - USD $ 21.70
  • "Good luck!" - Yvonne

  • Feb 19, 2022 - USD $ 6.62
  • "Thanks so much for all your hard work in hard times" - Andy

  • Feb 19, 2022 - USD $ 66.15
  • "Good luck" - Anonymous

  • Feb 19, 2022 - R 250.00
  • "I hope the tides turn in your favour soon! Thank you for your amazing work!" - J

  • Feb 19, 2022 - R 200.00
  • "A fantastic organisation that needs as much help as possible." - Sean

  • Feb 04, 2022 - R 200.00
  • "Thank you for all your help" - Bronwyn

  • Jan 29, 2022 - R 212.00
  • "Keep up the good work" - Tyrone Kidney

  • Jan 29, 2022 - R 106.00
  • "So much gratitude goes out to all of you and all you do! Will keep spreading the word" - Sam

  • Jan 29, 2022 - R 212.00
  • "Wish I could help more , please save our Seals !! " - Candice Davy

  • Jan 27, 2022 - R 200.00
  • "Still backing you guys " - Christopher

  • Jan 26, 2022 - R 200.00
  • "Thank you!" - Cristina

  • Jan 11, 2022 - R 200.00
  • "Thank you for everything you do." - Bronwyn

  • Jan 10, 2022 - R 650.00
  • "

    Huge thank you for everything you do to help our seals & thank you to everyone who bought a seal art print to make this donation happen

    " - Jayde Maddeline

  • Dec 29, 2021 - R 106.00
  • "So much gratitude goes out to all of you and all you do! Will keep spreading the word" - Sam

  • Dec 29, 2021 - R 212.00
  • "Wish I could help more , please save our Seals !! " - Candice Davy

  • Dec 29, 2021 - R 212.00
  • "Keep up the good work" - Tyrone Kidney

  • Dec 14, 2021 - USD $ 46.84
  • "Towards all the incredible work and care you provide for seals and marine life." - Kirsty

  • Dec 13, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Thank you for your incredible work" - Jessica

  • Dec 13, 2021 - R 400.00
  • "Thank you for all that you do! " - Raya + Luke

  • Dec 12, 2021 - USD $ 35.00
  • "Thank you for all that you do!" - Lisa Mitchell

  • Dec 08, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Thank you so much for the work that you do! " - DANIELLE BODEN

  • Dec 07, 2021 - USD $ 62.85
  • "Thank you guys for the brilliant work you are doing " - Karen

  • Nov 30, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "Thank you for all your hard work!" - Olivia De Waal

  • Nov 29, 2021 - R 106.00
  • "So much gratitude goes out to all of you and all you do! Will keep spreading the word" - Sam

  • Nov 29, 2021 - R 529.00
  • "Great work guys… keep it up!! And thanks to Josh Wideawake for being so outspoken on this issue!!" - Chris

  • Nov 29, 2021 - R 212.00
  • "Keep up the good work" - Tyrone Kidney

  • Nov 29, 2021 - R 212.00
  • "Wish I could help more , please save our Seals !! " - Candice Davy

  • Nov 27, 2021 - USD $ 65.00
  • "Your actionable love and compassion towards seals inspires me to be a better human. Thank you." - Marko Nikolic

  • Nov 27, 2021 - R 2 000.00
  • "Love our fellow beings" - Anonymous

  • Nov 26, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "Thank you for everything you do!" - Flamingal and Cape Town OW Swim

  • Nov 25, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Thank you for looking after our Seals. Keep up the great work" - Swim Cape Town

  • Nov 24, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "You guys are amazing !!!" - Meeghan

  • Nov 24, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "swim4sea(ls)" - Flamingal and Cape Town Open Water Swim Co

  • Nov 24, 2021 - R 2 000.00
  • "

    In loving memory of our dear friend Jurgen, who recently passed. He was an extremely generous person, an animal lover and philanthropist. We will miss you so much.

    " - Spiro & Rene

  • Nov 24, 2021 - R 50.00
  • "You’re incredible people." - Amy Forbes

  • Nov 23, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Thanks for the wonderful work!" - Jane

  • Nov 23, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "Sorry it's not much but I hope it helps xx" - Monica

  • Nov 23, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "We need to save our oceans " - Tatjana Schwalm

  • Nov 23, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Swimming for seals with Cape Town Swim " - Cape Town Swim

  • Nov 18, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "Save the Sea(ls)" - Marisa

  • Nov 16, 2021 - USD $ 13.17
  • "Keep on keeping on. Thanks for all you do Xx" - JoshW

  • Nov 16, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Thank you for all you are doing to help our precious seals!" - Nicola Meiring

  • Nov 16, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "Appreciate the work you guys do. Thanks for helping the baby seals!!!" - Micaela

  • Nov 16, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Thank you for your dedication " - Lisa

  • Nov 15, 2021 - USD $ 13.04
  • "Thank you so much for everything that you’re doing!!" - Carolyn

  • Nov 15, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "A small donation to help prevent the deaths of our seals. I saw 2 dead baby seals on Fish Hoek beach yesterday. So sad " - Michelle Taberer

  • Nov 15, 2021 - USD $ 65.18
  • "Keep up the good work" - Jiri

  • Nov 15, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "Thank you for all that you’re doing!" - Kim

  • Nov 15, 2021 - USD $ 85.00
  • "Sending love to the gorgeous seals and the good souls that take care of them. Thanks for all the work you do." - Isobel Zimmerman

  • Nov 15, 2021 - R 50.00
  • "Hoping that this little bit can go a long way and preserve our lovely sea doggos! " - Marijke

  • Nov 15, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "Thank you for all that you guys do!!! " - Ashleigh Mackrill

  • Nov 15, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "Thanks for helping those that can’t help themselves! Keep up the good work. " - Alyx

  • Nov 15, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "I hope we can support this project as a community that cares about our oceans" - Liezl Kritzinger

  • Nov 15, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "

    Keep up the good work!

    " - Danielle

  • Nov 15, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "

    Thank you for doing what you do

    " - Keilee

  • Nov 15, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "

    Thank you for the incredible work that you are doing!

    " - Shop Zero

  • Nov 15, 2021 - USD $ 6.52
  • "Save the Seals " - Shannon

  • Nov 14, 2021 - USD $ 32.65
  • "For those who can, should help preserve our beautiful sea life. " - Delia

  • Nov 14, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Thank you! " - Dan

  • Nov 14, 2021 - USD $ 6.51
  • "Take care of those seals!" - Matthew

  • Nov 13, 2021 - USD $ 19.95
  • "Best wishes" - Sara M.

  • Nov 12, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "Thank you <3" - Anonymous

  • Nov 12, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Thank you" - Hanna Duker

  • Nov 12, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "Thanks for helping!" - Bjorn Kumpers

  • Nov 12, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Thank you for all the incredible work you do! " - Cathy Mill

  • Nov 12, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "Thank you for your wonderful work" - Sharleen

  • Nov 12, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "Save the bees, the trees, the whales, the snails. " - Anonymous

  • Nov 12, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Wish I could help more , please save our Seals !! " - Candice Davy

  • Nov 12, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Strength!" - Alison

  • Nov 12, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Thank you wholeheartedly" - Miqkayla

  • Nov 11, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "Thank you for being superheroes for these Seals. " - Gina Fernandes

  • Nov 11, 2021 - USD $ 129.43
  • "Thinking of these little beautiful animals " - Candice poulter

  • Nov 11, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Thanks for all the amazing work" - Petra de Kock

  • Nov 11, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Thank you for the incredible work" - Tiya Daubeney

  • Nov 10, 2021 - USD $ 13.28
  • "Thank you for the amazing work you’re doing!" - Nicky

  • Nov 10, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Sent here by Josh Wide Awake! Thank you for saving the precious animals! <3 <3" - Savannah

  • Nov 10, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "You guys do such amazing work! Thanks Josh wide awake for sharing and making us aware!" - Rachelle Spring

  • Nov 10, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "Thank you helping these sweet little guys" - Anonymous

  • Nov 10, 2021 - USD $ 200.00
  • "Thank you for your work" - Eli & Fabian

  • Nov 10, 2021 - USD $ 6.64
  • "Doing great work! " - Angelica

  • Nov 10, 2021 - USD $ 33.21
  • "I hope this helps, even just a tiny bit, towards saving our seals. Thank you for the work you do." - Jeniffer Chiat

  • Nov 10, 2021 - USD $ 13.28
  • "Sent by Josh Wide Awake" - Rob G

  • Nov 10, 2021 - USD $ 66.42
  • "Fan of Josh WIDE AWAKE" - Gregory, Elizabeth

  • Nov 10, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Thank you for helping these babies " - Tamzyn

  • Nov 08, 2021 - R 250.00
  • "

    Thank you for your kind work.

    " - JC

  • Nov 07, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Thank you for the work that you do!" - Daniel F

  • Nov 07, 2021 - R 250.00
  • "Thank you for looking after our sea dogs and pups x" - Sarah

  • Nov 07, 2021 - R 250.00
  • "Thank you for all the hard work you do. " - Cara and Wesley

  • Nov 06, 2021 - USD $ 13.29
  • "." - Paolo

  • Nov 06, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Thank you for all the hard work" - Chad and Jess

  • Nov 06, 2021 - USD $ 67.49
  • "I hope this helps with your selfless work in some small way" - Deborah Cohen

  • Nov 06, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Keep saving those babies! " - Ciara

  • Nov 06, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Thank you for your wonderful work! " - Andrea

  • Nov 06, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Thank you for all your hard work!" - Dreamland Vintage Pty (Ltd)

  • Nov 06, 2021 - USD $ 39.88
  • "Thank you for all you guys do!" - Jess Lee Buchanan

  • Nov 06, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Thanks for all you are doing " - Faye

  • Nov 06, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Thank you for all your hard work!!" - Laura Thomas

  • Nov 06, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Keep up the good work" - Tyrone Kidney

  • Nov 06, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Thank you for all that you’re doing!! " - Cat

  • Nov 06, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Great work guys… keep it up!! And thanks to Josh Wideawake for being so outspoken on this issue!!" - Chris

  • Nov 06, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "All the best, thank you for the great work you do! " - Nicela

  • Nov 06, 2021 - USD $ 20.00
  • "Thank you for the incredible work that you are doing!" - Courtney Brown

  • Nov 05, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "🤍 🦭 " - Stefni Grey

  • Nov 04, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "I love seals " - Kelly Freitas

  • Nov 03, 2021 - USD $ 32.41
  • "Thank you for all your efforts for the seals and the ocean! " - Mia

  • Nov 03, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Thank you for your work" - Anonymous

  • Nov 03, 2021 - USD $ 24.96
  • "Thank you Heroes!!! " - Kids Against Animal Cruelty

  • Nov 02, 2021 - USD $ 32.36
  • "With great gratitude for all Hout Bay Seal rescue does for our beautiful world " - Anonymous

  • Nov 01, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Please keep up the amazing work !" - Robyn Anderson

  • Nov 01, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Really sending you all and the Seals love in this heartbreaking time. " - Andrea

  • Nov 01, 2021 - R 2 000.00
  • "Thank you for helping our sea pups!" - Chanel

  • Nov 01, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "." - Anonymous

  • Nov 01, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "So much gratitude goes out to all of you and all you do! Will keep spreading the word" - Sam

  • Nov 01, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Thank you Humans for all you do for the seals 🦭 " - Dixie the Yorkie

  • Oct 29, 2021 - USD $ 10.00
  • "Thanks for the good work." - Ethan

  • Oct 28, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "All the best in your excellent work" - Luke

  • Oct 28, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Thank you " - Carli

  • Oct 22, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Thank you for your with" - Shelley

  • Oct 21, 2021 - R 2 500.00
  • "🦭🦭🦭" - Sam and Andrew

  • Oct 20, 2021 - USD $ 57.85
  • "i hope i can help more when i am back in cape town" - katrin

  • Oct 20, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Good luck" - Michaela

  • Oct 02, 2021 - USD $ 25.00
  • "Thanks so much from Kids Against Animal Cruelty " - Diana and Lou Wegner

  • Sep 02, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Thank you for everything you do!" - Lyndi

  • Jul 30, 2021 - R 529.00
  • "In loving memory of the seal pup you came to save on the 6th of November at Melkbos" - Lize-Mari

  • Jun 29, 2021 - R 529.00
  • "In loving memory of the seal pup you came to save on the 6th of November at Melkbos" - Lize-Mari

  • Jun 21, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "We love the seals, thank you for looking after them" - Joffy

  • May 30, 2021 - R 529.00
  • "In loving memory of the seal pup you came to save on the 6th of November at Melkbos" - Lize-Mari

  • Apr 29, 2021 - R 529.00
  • "In loving memory of the seal pup you came to save on the 6th of November at Melkbos" - Lize-Mari

  • Mar 30, 2021 - R 529.00
  • "In loving memory of the seal pup you came to save on the 6th of November at Melkbos" - Lize-Mari

  • Jan 28, 2021 - USD $ 13.67
  • "Just gorgeous " - Jeni

  • Jan 27, 2021 - R 529.00
  • "In loving memory of the seal pup you came to save on the 6th of November at Melkbos" - Lize-Mari

  • Jan 26, 2021 - USD $ 16.43
  • "Keep up the great work" - Margot

  • Jan 26, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Be blessed" - Sharon

  • Jan 24, 2021 - USD $ 33.07
  • "Thank you for the great work you do" - Juanita Bezuidenhout

  • Nov 27, 2020 - R 529.00
  • "In loving memory of the seal pup you came to save on the 6th of November at Melkbos" - Lize-Mari

  • Nov 06, 2020 - USD $ 31.72
  • "Thank you for the great, selfless work you do." - Joe

  • Nov 06, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "In loving memory of the seal pup you came to save on the 6th of November at Melkbos" - Lize-Mari

  • Nov 05, 2020 - R 300.00
  • " For our salt water buddies. " - Selinka

  • Sep 04, 2020 - USD $ 29.82
  • "For the rescue of the Antarctic seal. Thank you!! " - Kids Against AnimaCruelty

  • Aug 19, 2020 - USD $ 100.00
  • "I have always wanted to volunteer but there aren't that many opportunities in my area. Hang in there and thank you." - Daniel

  • Aug 13, 2020 - R 100.00
  • "Thank you " - Carli

  • Aug 13, 2020 - USD $ 28.70
  • "Thanks Hout Bay Seal Rescue Centre Staff and Volunteers. " - Kids Against Animal Cruelty

  • Aug 06, 2020 - USD $ 8.61
  • "I hope this helps! Great work" - Pauli

  • Jul 31, 2020 - R 100.00
  • "

    well done. Are we able to visit the centre?

    " - Richard McClarty

  • Jul 28, 2020 - R 1 000.00
  • "You guys are doing a fantastic job. Keep it up" - GigaCloud Solutions Pty Ltd

  • Jul 28, 2020 - R 100.00
  • "Keep up doing the right thing" - Laura

  • Jul 27, 2020 - R 200.00
  • "️" - Selinka

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Donations to date

R 74 726.24

Fundraising target

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Did you know that pup seals cannot swim for the first 4 months of their lives? This means that if they get washed off the rocks or a storm approaches, they will drown unless rescued and rehabilitated. 


This happens more gotten than you think. Seals get caught up in litter, plastic bags, and fishing lines which can cause serious injury and even death. 


That’s why our Seal rescue and rehabilitation efforts amount to around the clock care, in order to look after these animals. We always have a staff member on-site to assist seals no matter what the time of day or night. 


Lockdown has effected the donations to our NPO and our team really needs your help to ensure that we can continue with the work that we are doing at the Hout Bay Seal Rescue Centre. We require assistance with resources like fish, pup milk, antibiotics and other medicines to ensure that these animals are cared for optimally and can continue to grow from strength to strength. 


Please consider supporting us with a donation to help us look after these precious animals who cannot fend for themselves - however big or small the donation - it all makes a difference. 


We are reaching out to you for the support of our NPC to assist in caring for the wonderful seals and their pups of the Cape.