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November 3, 2012
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November 3, 2012
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This place is unique in all the world, not just in the work done, but also the people. It is a brilliant place to volunteer. I wouldn't call TMMC so much an organization for people to volunteer for, but an organization that developed around, for the purpose of supporting the mission of, a dedicated group of volunteers. This makes it an incredible place. They are world leaders in the work that they do and it is incredibly to be a part of it. The Marine Mammal Center is a one of a kind incredible place. Many of us volunteers like to say "you come for the animals but stay for the people" and while it may sound cliche, I truly believe it.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

November 2, 2012
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November 2, 2012
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I've volunteered at The Marine Mammal Center since 1990. The organization is extraordinary in the amount of leverage that it gets from volunteers. There are several dozen paid center staff, but they direct the efforts of many hundreds of volunteers, in many different roles (education, outreach, animal rehabilitation care, rescue, research), along hundreds of miles of California coastline. All non-profit organizations should rightfully be carefully audited for efficient use of monies donated and grants received, and all potential donors should look at efficiency evaluations. But a simple percentage does not always tell the entire tale.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

July 31, 2012
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July 31, 2012
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I worked for a while as a volunteer at MMC. I can't begin to tell you the quality of that organization. The dedication and incredible hours and work put together there impresses me to this day. I saw hundreds of marine mammals come and go, some badly wounded, shot or sick, never made it back to the wild, but so many did make it that otherwise would not have. I was a part of rescues on beaches all over Northern CA, as well as releases of rehabilitated animals. Caring for the animals, feeding them, medicating them, cleaning up after them...the works. I can't ever recall a single occasion where I took pause at the way the whole place was run. If every animal welfare organization was run as professionally and with as much day to day devotion as MMC, the world would be a better place for sure. Next time you're in San Francisco, go to Pier 39. Go check out the sea lions barking at one another, lounging all over the floating platforms. Keep an eye out for those with a tag on their ear, because that sea lion got a second chance because of the MMC.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

July 19, 2012
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July 19, 2012
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I have contributed to the Marine Mammal Center for years and plan on continuing. The Center does extraordinary work caring for mammals that would otherwise suffer terribly and die. There are not many organizations with such expertise and dedication in this area.

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Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

July 9, 2012
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July 9, 2012
2 people found this review helpful

I am a general member of the public that has donated to this organization from time to time. The wonderful life saving work they do is beyond extraordinary! They have helped countless seals, whales, dolphins, and too many to name. When these animals are caught in nets, lay dying on beaches from gunshot wounds, starving, and the list goes on, it is these amazing humanitarians to the rescue. Please visit their center and/or please consider a donation. Please see my recent letter to them: Dear Marine Mammal Center,
Words cannot express my gratitude at all the good your organization accomplishes. It is heartbreaking to see some of the photos of these animals in pain, especially the many that were intentionally caused by humans. And yet, such joy at seeing an animal that has been rescued and is now healthy.

To all the wonderful people that work and volunteer at the Marine Mammal Center, please accept my humblest gratitude. May the monsters that harm these beautiful creatures receive a (short) lifetime of intense suffering, and may the future bring the need for your center to be lessened.

Best wishes and good karma to you all!

Linda Shamis

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Definitely

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

December 16, 2011
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December 16, 2011
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I have been very impressed by this organization ever since I first learned of it many years ago. Not only have they contributed to the rescue of many many marine mammals, they have also made significant contributions to the science behind effective diagnosis and treatment of the critters they rescue and rehabilitate. They are often the driving force behind helping whales get back to the ocean when they have wandered into the Bay. All in all, a terrific group.

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How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

December 13, 2011
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December 13, 2011
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I have lived in San Francisco for 14 years & have heard much about the Marine Mammal Center, but sadly have never visited. I have heard very good things about their work, have watched their videos online, and seen stories on the local news - and have been very impressed. I donated for the first time this year, as I made a personal promise to give donations as Xmas presents to a few different charities that focus on animals. The Marine Mammal Cntr was one I easily selected, though I was a bit disappointed to see that their rating was not as high here as I would like. I have some small complaints, one is that I found the website a bit difficult to navigate. More than that, I was surprised to see the difference b/w the individual membership ($25/year) and family membership ($125). I had hoped to buy 2 family memberships for friends after just seeing how affordable the individual membership was. When I looked further, a few days later, I realized that I could really afford only one. While I don't begrudge them the money, it seems to me that exposing two families to the Center, instead of just one, would be good for the cause. It is my hope that my friends' children will visit the center, and have an alternative to a day's visit to the zoo. To my mind, it's so much better to be exposed to and learn about wild animal rehab and release, than it is to grow up seeing animals that are kept primarily for our entertainment.

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How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Likely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

September 24, 2011
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September 24, 2011
1 person found this review helpful

5% executive comp is high fund raising is way too high. I'm glad that their rating is going up. when they reach 4 stars I will donate

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

reduce comp to the big dogs and reduce fundraising expenses

May 4, 2009
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May 4, 2009
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I have been a volunteer at The Marine Mammal Center for 7 years. I work on animal care crews rehabilitating sick or injured sea lions, Northern elephant seals and harbor seals. Our crews work 7 days a week, day and night. During our pupping seasons our 800+ volunteers often work 10 hour shifts. We are priviledged to work alongside extremely qualified veterinarians and veterinary technicians. The Center is known world-wide as being the premier marine mammal hospital. The research that is done here allows us to understand what is happening in our ocean to cause these animals to sometimes be sick. The education department informs schools as well as the general public about marine mammals and their dependence upon healthy oceans. Without generous donatons from the public as well as private sectors, this important work could not continue. Our "patients" need food and medical care to be able to return to the ocean. The Marine Mammal Center is a most worthy cause. With your donations, our work can continue as we strive towards healthy mammals and a healthy ocean.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the percentage of mammals that are returned to the wild and the research that has helped with diagnosing illnesses and better ways of treating them.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make sure all new animal care volunteers went through a shadowing and probation period BEFORE they were allowed inside the animal pens.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

being able to have hands on experience caring for marine mammals.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

fantastic, friendly, committed,and talented people who care about our oceans and the mammals who live there.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

start on the second phase of our modernization which would allow the Center to have more pools and more equipment so a greater number of mammals could be saved.

Ways to make it better...

everyone treated each other with more respect.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

acquiring the funds to forge ahead with the second phase of the expansion.

One thing I'd also say is that...

This has been and still is one of the greatest experiences I have ever had in my lifetime and I only wish that I had been aware of the Center long ago.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 30, 2009
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April 30, 2009
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This organization does everything possible to help stranded marine mammals up and down the central coast of California. I had the wonderful opportunity of spending all my Saturdays for almost 5 years working with elephant seals, sea lions, fur seals, and even a harbor porpoise. The staff is very helpful, and although they are constantly swamped and very busy, would take the time to answer all questions I ever had about a patient. I cannot do anything but rave about all theahnds-on experience I recieved while there. I was able to do everything from giving shots, drawing blood, tube feeding animals,"swimming" with the porpoise, teaching elephant seal pups how to eat fish underwater, and watching necropsies. Don't get me wrong, though. The Center expects alot out of animal care volunteers. The hours are long (7am-4pm), the work is dangerous (I have been bitten a multitude of times), it requires heavy lifting (animals weigh alot, and so do the buckets of fish, and you go home very smelly (fish and seal poop are stinky!!). My co-workers at my normal job could never understand why I would wake up at 4:30am for a two hour drive to work my butt off for sometimes 10+ hours, & come home in traffic dirty and sore. Why YOU may ask? I was helping the oceans! Nowadays I am a stay at home mom and don't get to volunteer since my beautiful 2 year old takes up my days. But, mark my words, when she is old enough, I will be back at the Center, teaching those ellies how to eat, wrestling fur seals out of their pools, giving huge sea lions shots, and hopefully teaching another porpoise how to swim. I miss the Center, and hope that you can either donate your time or money to help keep them up and running.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

how many animals are rehabilitated and released each year!

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make mandatory trainings for all crew leaders, and have meetings where all crew leaders could discuss what did and did not work for them - collaboration is key!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

all the hands on experience I was able to get.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

people who loved their work, and had a deep love of the ocean and the mammals that inhabitated it!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

save every marine mammal all over the world.

Ways to make it better...

There were more organization with my crew.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

how each crew is run differently, and making sure new volunteers are successfully trained and are competent for the tasks they will be expected to do.

One thing I'd also say is that...

if their education department were expanded to more areas they would probably get much more money in donations!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

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