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Pacific Marine Mammal Center

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Causes: Animals, Environment, Pollution Abatement & Control, Wildlife Preservation & Protection, Wildlife Sanctuaries

Mission: Pacific Marine Mammal Center was established as Friends of the Sea Lion in 1971 with a mission to rescue, rehabilitate and release marine mammals and inspire ocean stewardship through research, education and collaboration.

Target demographics: The Pacific Marine Mammal Center rescues, rehabilitates and releases marine mammals and inspires ocean stewardship through research, education and collaboration

Geographic areas served: Orange County California Coastline

Programs: The highest quality medical treatment is provided to properly rehabilitate each patient in its care. Injured and sick pinnipeds are treated, fed and rehabilitated prior to being released back into nature. Top of the line medical equipment, staff and facilities are used in the treatment of over 200 animals each year. Educational materials such as classroom supplies, full time educators and literature are provided to educate the public about marine life and the health of our oceans.

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58 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Rating: 5

Pacific Marine Mammal Center is multifaceted beyond what most people know. PMMC rescues sick and injured marine mammals along OC's coastline and then rehabilitates them before releasing them back to their ocean home. Beyond that, PMMC has a research program looking into the causes and how we might mitigate human impact on the ocean. Further PMMC has an extensive marine science and conservation education program that educates around 10K kids a year in orange county and across the globe through virtual learning. Additionally, PMMC has free community programming that is aimed at helping children with disadvantaged backgrounds, children's hospitals and veterans through the inspirational stories of the patients at PMMC. The impact of this facility on the community at large is quite amazing.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

One of the things I truly miss during this pandemic is volunteering at PMMC. We have been closed the past 4 months so my Monday afternoons have been sadly quiet without my barking patient friends. Nothing puts a smile on everyones face faster than a pool full of frolicking sea lions. Even while closed, PMMC keeps the volunteers informed through emails and private visits as to who our new patients are and who has been released to go home. I volunteer with another organization that has made no effort to stay in touch with us. I look forward to PMMC reopening because it always puts our guests, as well as myself, in the best of moods.

Donor

Rating: 5

The caring and passion they have for rehabilitating marine mammals is incredible. It amazes me that most of the people who care for the animals are volunteers working without pay. They have great vets overseeing and leading the animal care team. Seeing the animals when then arrive so weak, then when they are healthy and released back to the ocean is a life changing event. The team at PMMC are inspiring!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization works tirelessly to help marine mammals in need. I am so honored to be one of the many volunteers that help educate the public about our pinnipeds.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My first experience with PMMC was a field trip with my kindergarten daughter and her Girl Scout Daisy Troop. A few years later, I was the GS leader and our troop visited and donated a portion of our cookie sales. Then I became a docent there; once a week for almost five years. They are such an amazing organization! The hard work and love for these animals is evident in everything that they do. Watching a rescue of an emancipated pup, their recovery and then release is so heartwarming. Please support this organization because they do so much good! In addition to rescuing animals, they educate children and give back to the community. I am looking forward to being able to volunteer again.

Toni G.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Pacific Marine Mammal Center just saved a sea lion by removing 11 Rocks from Choppers stomach. They not only saved her life, but they will be doing the second surgery to give this sea lion a second chance at life. What an incredible organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

PMMC has educated me on pinnipeds. They give these starving, malnourished sea lions and sealsa second chance atl ife.

RobinJC

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am so proud to be a volunteer at this amazing organization! To be a part of a true team that is tirelessly dedicated to giving these animals a second chance at life and return them back into the wild, is so fulfilling. PMMC continuously strives to educate the public about these mammals and their ocean environment, and inspires us all to create positive change.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at PMMC for almost a year and can clearly see the love and care this organization has for all the animals they rescue. They want to share their knowledge with others about our oceans environment and the animals that occupy it with sincere care and facts. They teach young people and old alike about environmental hazards and teach people how they can be stewards to protect our seas and wildlife. It's a wonderful organization and deserves much credit for all it does!! I highly recommend all to visit and support its great goals and accomplishments!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer docent at the center for nearly 4 years. Their mission and focus has consistently been the rescue and rehabilitation of marine mammals and educating the public on environmental stewardship. Additionally the current leadership team is responsive to the social and community issues of the day and is adapting through proactive training and policy guidance to ensure that they remain a leader in the community.

Elizabeth197

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for almost 6 years and love it. I love the education programs and how low income students can come

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This place is so cool! I love the education programs they have for kids. It is so much fun for them.And I love to go to releases if I hear about them in advance.

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PacificMMC 10/27/2015

Thank you so very much for taking the time to review!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered at PMMC as a visitor yard docent from December 2018-December 2019. It was a great experience with a wonderful organization. The dedication and caring the staff and volunteers have for their patients is clear in all aspects of their work. In addition to rehabilitating and releasing sick and injured mammals, they provide outreach education programs for school children through their field trips and summer camps. In addition, there is a program for veterans and many other opportunities ongoing. The visitor yard welcomes people from all over the world, and many shared that they followed PMMC online.

Stacie C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've witnessed this amazing organization first hand on rescues and they are top notch and great leaders in their field!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering at PMMC is like joining a family! It is a great place and you feel good to be a part of something so special.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A little over a year ago I was recommended to visit the PMMC by a professor at CSUF. I’ve been volunteering there since February and it has been the best part of this year for me. I love everyone there and I also love learning all about the beautiful animals we work with!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a docent for this wonderful organization for 4-5 years. I appreciate their dedication and hard work to rescue and rehabilitate injured or sick marine mammals. It is so rewarding to be a small part of this effort and to help educate the visitors and public to the work of PMMC.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Since I retired I have volunteered as visitor yard docent for Pacific Marine Mammal Center. Going on four years now and I have loved every minute of it. Not only have I learned so much about our patients but have enjoyed meeting visitors from around the world. It has truly enriched my life and it is the most worthy cause!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Pacific Marine mammal Center rescues, rehabilitates, and releases back to the wild Marine Mammals. They treat California Sea Lions, Northern Fur Seals, Northern Elephant Seals, and Pacific Harbor Seals. These animals are sick, injured and malnourished. They also assist with Sea Turtle, Whale, and Dolphin rescues and entanglements. They also have numerous programs to educate and inspire ocean stewardship. One of my favorite programs is "Sea Lions for Service Members" led by Colby Hollabaugh, a former Marine with PTSD. Helping rehabilitate a marine mammal also helps the Service Member heal their own wounds.

Board Member

Rating: 5

This is an amazing nonprofit organization. It truly embodies all the good attributes of a staff that cares about their cause. I feel blessed to help PMMC with the goal to reduce water consumption by 90% with the water reclamation project. The teams dedication to this en devour is unwavering with the help of the city of Laguna Beach, we will make this goal a reality.

Starlyn H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is one of the best non profits I have ever been associated with. They truly care and go above and beyond to rescue and rehabilitate the marine mammals they serve, and do everything possible to make sure the best outcome is achieved for the animal. They treat their volunteers with the best intentions and value them highly. They are very involved in education of the public, particularly children and strive at all times to provide the best experience and the best assistance to not only general members of the public but to schools and kids in their educational programs. They are the best!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

PMMC is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of marine mammals in need off the coast of Southern California and also to education and informative programs for youngsters and veterans. They work tirelessly in pursuit of these goals. They are wonderful to their volunteers and set the standard for a rescue organization...their efforts go far beyond just rescuing the animals....they are always thinking about conservation and ways to improve the environment for the next generation, from reducing singe use plastics, to a pollination garden in the yard at the center to educating the public in a number of ways.

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jkagain

Board Member

Rating: 5

Their mission to educate the public about the marine environment, and how we humans can lessen our negative impact is excellent. Saving lives of Seals and Sea Lions is outstanding. I have been a donor since 2000 and on the Board since 2013.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been supportive of this organization for more than 15 years. The work they do for the mammals' recovery and release, and creating ocean stewards through their education programs is fantastic.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Last year 2019, I volunteered to work in the gift shop at PMMC. I was looking forward to helping in any way with the incredible efforts this organization does to rescue and rehabilitate sea lions, harbor seals, and the "ellies" elephant seals. They also work to rescue whales caught up in nets or lines. Every story is unique and each rescue is heartening. Video of recuperated animals being released back into the wild gives hope and celebration.

Each week I watched groups of volunteer docents welcome and educate visitors, animal care volunteers feed patients, clean pools, and herd their amusingly non-compliant charges into areas for health checks. The organization is generous, ever ready for rescue, committed to their work, and appreciative of all volunteer efforts. The virus has closed down the center until phase 3, and the volunteers that work with the public are on hiatus but I will always remain a donor as commitment to the care of these animals goes on.

This is truly one of the most caring and committed organizations I've had the pleasure of supporting.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the privilege of being an education docent with PMMC for a little over 4 months. What I have learned and how I have been able to share with the visitors is amazing. Everyone who comes to visit is so eager to learn about the mammals and are grateful for our organization.
The way the staff and volunteers care for the animals and dedicate their time to this wonderful cause is inspiring. Everyone goes above and beyond to share information within the organization. They want everyone to be involved in what is going.
I love being part of a team that is selfless and the camaraderie is very special. Everyone comes together to achieve something bigger than ourselves.

1 Kate B.8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

PMMC is one of the best non-profits I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with. Not only do they do a great job rescuing, rehabilitating, and releasing seals and sea lions from up and down Orange County coasts, but they take an active role in trying to educate the public about these amazing animals and how we can all play a part in reducing the negative impact we have on our oceans and the animals that live there. The passion and dedication shown by everyone at PMMC is truly inspiring and I’m honored to get to volunteer with such an amazing team.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization with the greatest staff and volunteer group there is. So many dedicated people with big hearts working together to give these beautiful animals a second chance at life. Not only are the animals extremely loved and well taken care of by the animal care teams, staff and docent volunteers work hard to educate the public on the animals, their environment and things we can all do in our day to day lives to help keep the oceans clean and healthy. Not to mention all the field trips, beach clean ups, summer camps and more! This is a very special place! ❤️

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Pacific Marine Mammal Center not only rescues and rehabilitates marine mammals, it has an exemplary education program that reaches over 60,000 people. They have an online educational program for children's hospitals across the country, they have several that reach title one schools and children at risk, their main educational goal is to create ocean stewards and beyond that they even have a program for veterans struggling with reintegration!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I truly believe in the mission of Pacific Marine Mammal Center. The organization is committed to the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of marine mammals, saving hundreds a year, giving them second chances at life. Their focus on education, and research has moved to the next level as they educate others how to become ocean stewards and to create a better ocean for the environment we all share with these animals. It’s great to be apart of this organization!

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a great little place to visit to remind yourself that there are people in this world who work hard to do the right things. They drop everything to rescue injured animals and pour their heart into saving them. They have expanded their vision to embrace conservation and focus on educating those who will change the world - children. There is more hardwork and dedication packed into this small space than anywhere I know.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Pacific Marine Mammal Center has a wonderful mission - to rescue and rehabilitate marine mammals from the Orange County Coast. They are focused on conservation and education to mitigate the harm humans cause our friends from the sea. A great organization staffed by people who are passionate about marine life and preserving their environment!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love PMMC. Its amazing to see the little faces on the seals and sea lions who get another chance at life.

I remember little Stardust who was so tiny when he was brought in. He slept for days huddled in blankets to keep warm until he gained more blubber. Out in a tiny pool by himself he was such a fighter. When he was fed he ate all his fish in 20 seconds. He had the biggest eyes; bright and intelligent.

Before he was released he was almost twice his size, but still small. He had become a confident little hunter in a pint size body.

Finally, he returned home to a happy new life.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This worthy organization deserves recognition for its structure, outreach in community, and mission that is providing these marine mammals a safe environment in which to heal. Many dedicated people devote countless hours toward the efforts of education and research that expands the mission of education for conservation of our oceans and the animals that live in it. As a veterinarian, I wholly support the efforts of this organization and gladly offer pro bono service to help their efforts to rescue, rehabilitate and release the seals and sea lions back to the wild.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Incredible organization devoted to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of pinnipeds. Every volunteer is tirelessly devoted to the cause, volunteering their time and resources. Visitors are able to witness the rehabilitation aspect of the PMMC, seeing recovering patients at the center and joining them on their journey through rescue to release via social media and the website.

Toni Foster G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Watching the lives that PMMC have changed and saved has been so inspiring to me. The pride the team feels when our patients are released happy and healthy is like no other. I am so proud to be a part of such a wonderful organization!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am an animal care volunteer and the staff at this center is extremely focused on the rehabilitation of our patients. In addition, they care about the well-being and safety of the volunteers.

Joan B.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They are fantastic caring for the animals. The staff is very knowledgeable and friendly.

Kristine P.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've had the privilege of being an educational docent at PMMC for 5 years. I also get to teach about ocean stewardship to many young children. It is so exciting to see their enthusiasm to want to help take care of the environment. Seeing our recovering patients, many the victims of human impact, really helps to make the lessons much more real and meaningful to our visitors. It feels so good to be a part of that!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A great team of people helping a very great cause! All the volunteers and staff are extremely caring, helpful, kind and honest. Everyone is dedicated to the same cause of saving our beautiful marine mammals!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

PMMC's mission to rescue, rehabilitate, and release marine mammals in the Orange County area. In addition to their dedication to these beautiful sea creatures, PMMC's commitment to educating children and adults is outstanding. I have volunteered at PMMC for 3 years and during that time I have witnessed countless rescues and releases. I have also watched the dedicated staff of volunteers as well as the paid staff. It never grows old watching a sick harbor seal, fur seal, sea lion or elephant seal come into the center and then witness their healthy release back to their ocean home!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Passion is the best word to describe all the people at PMMC. From the care of the sick and injured animals to the outreach to the community their goal is to preserve our world, the creatures in it, and to teach others how they can help in fun and creative ways. This is a don’t miss stop if you are near the area. Volunteering here is one of the most fulfilling thing I have done in a long time!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I currently volunteer at it and I love doing my jobs. The stuff is so nice everyone is nice. Come visit soon

Kiwis R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I Love Pacific Marine Mammal Cebter. They Save sick & injured Marine Mammals, rehabilitating them and returning them back to their home in the wild and giving them that Second chance they would have never had it they didn't exist They are a non- profit organization and have mostly all volunteers that work so hard to do everything possible to save these animals as well as, educating the public andschool classes teaching about ocean conservancy and how it all Ties into our ecosystem. They are are Simply said ...Wonderful...The Best! for all they do
I am so Blessed to be a Volunteer here. I look forward to being here so much and seeing the changes in these animals every week

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The passion and commitment to the health and well being of Seals and Sea Lions from the staff and volunteers at Pacific Marine Mammal Center will melt your heart and give you hope for our oceans. From rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing these beautiful marine mammals, from educating school kids to seniors and educating our visitors in the yard, all of us at PMMC share the love of Pinnipeds.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've had the serious pleasure of volunteering with PMMC for over 5 years now in the animal care department. It's a weekly commit and one that I look forward to as the impact we are making on marine life and our oceans is so obviously apparent. PMMC puts the animals first and every single team member truly cares about the mission and the impact we're making.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A very inspiring place to visit and the volunteers are the best. This facility gives so much back to the community in so many ways and teaches children to be good Ocean stewards. Can’t say enough about PMMC.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The mission:
Pacific Marine Mammal Center rescues, rehabilitates and releases marine mammals and inspires ocean stewardship through research, education and collaboration.
I have volunteered for the past 5 years in different roles at PMMC. In each position I have learned new skills; each day I walk away with a new perspective on the marine mammals that we rescue and the environment in which they/we live. Hands on learning is ongoing as a volunteer. Being part of a team, all working to give back to a cause that we believe in, is the heart and soul of the Center. The world is rarely changed by one individual. Instead it is through the collective efforts of a group of passionate, committed people, working together, that makes the difference - creates the change. That is what we have at Pacific Marine Mammal Center. How honored I am to be a volunteer!! Come visit PMMC!! All visitors are welcome. Admission is free (*$1 donation buys a pound of fish) 7 days a week - 10:00am - 4:00pm.

Board Member

Rating: 5

as one of the founders of the Pacific Marine Mammal center in 1971 , I have watched this organization grow from a handful of volunteers to a world class nonprofit with over 100 volunteers and a full staff of professionals that work hard to rescue, rehabilitate and release marine mammals back into their environment .
As a former Marine Biology teacher I know that Educating the public about the issues facing marine life today Is one of their most important goals. I am proud of what this world class non profit has become .It gives me such joy to still be an active part of the PMMC over these years

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at PMMC since January 2015. I have done a variety of things, animal care, docent, and outreach events. I love it! I have learned so much!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Visiting is a great way to see the awesome work they do. After a few visits I had to volunteer & get involved the seals & sea lions will steal your heart!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This place and organization is such an asset not only to the marine mammals they rehabilitate and coastline ,but also our future generation , educating the community on marine and environmental issues .

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It's a must visit when in Laguna Beach! Such a special place and so important for the wildlife.

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PacificMMC 10/27/2015

Thank you!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I took a break from the corporate world to do some volunteer work for a few months after suffering loses in my family. This is when the passion started and now it has been almost 10 years later and the passion is even stronger. Wild seals and sea lions are incredible creatures and the joy of seeing one be released that was so ill or injured when it arrived is so rewarding. You can make a difference in each animal you help return home. They all can't survive because some do not strand until they are to far gone. For those you can at least aliveate their suffering.