Foundation supports rescued seal rehabilitation

October 9, 2020

We’re delighted to announce that one of the first recipients of our Covid19 Emergency Animal Care Grant is the British Divers Marine Life Rescue whose mission is to provide assistance to any aquatic (marine and freshwater) animal in need of help. Seal rescue is a major component of the BDMLR’s work and our grant will support their seal rehabilitation units in Tynemouth and Cornwall.

“The funding from the Joanna Toole Foundation will supply our seal care facilities with veterinary supplies, medications and food for the treatment and feeding of seals that our teams are looking after throughout the winter and spring months.  With the effects of Covid, space in seal rehabilitation centres nationally is more limited than ever before, and it is vital that we are able to continue providing housing and care to these animals when they need to be rescued and that their welfare continues to be the priority.  This funding will certainly enable us to do that and we are incredibly grateful for this.”

Dan Jarvis. Welfare Development and Field Support Officer, British Divers Marine Life Rescue

Seal pups are complex animals to care for and each individual seal pups progress at their centres, is carefully tracked by their trained volunteers, from rescue through to rehabilitation and eventual release. We’re really pleased that we are able to support such an important and positive programme through our Emergency Animal Care Grant.