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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

  • 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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Statistics

Donations to date

R 15 562.45

Fundraising target

R 100 000.00
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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.