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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.

Community Stories

23 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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

I can't think of a more worthy non profit than Pacific Marine Mammal. They are 90% volunteer organization run completely on grants and donations to tirelessly rescue, rehabilitate and return marine mammals to their natural habitat. They also educate about the public on how we can help keep our oceans safe.

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.

Starlyn H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with PMMC for several months now, and followed them for many years. They are extremely caring about the patients they rescue and very thoughtful of the volunteers that assist in achieving their mission. This organization does a lot of outreach, education, and community activities, reaching many young people through their camps for ages 8 and up and they are always very responsive to the public. I couldn't say more about them.

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

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!

Board Member

Rating: 5

This organization uses its resources to save injured and sick pinnipeds along 40+ miles of coastline, and have tremendous education and out reach programs to involve the public and schools children to lessen footprint on the marine environment. They also help with local and global research.

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 .