Submitted by Steve on 09:17, 10th Aug, 2018 | 0

Yesterday despite around the clock care Seal the Common Seal Pup sadly passed away at the GSPCA.

At only 7.2 kgs the emaciated pup with multiple health problems including seizures that was found at Chouet was so weak that the team were unable to save Seal and all are extremely saddened with the death of the poorly seal pup.

Steve Byrne GSPCA Manager said “All of the GSPCA team are devasted of the loss of Seal the common Seal Pup that was rescued at Chouet on Wednesday.”

“The team did all they could but with multiple health issues, seizures and at only 7.2kgs the pup was so weak we were only able to give safety, care and comfort for the last 24 hours of the pups life.”

“It is heart breaking when we are unable to help any animal and all of the team are saddened by the loss.”

“At the GSPCA we are redeveloping our Memorial Garden where the ashes of Seal will be scattered.”

“We are also plan to build a brand new Wildlife Hospital and we are appealing for help with both projects.”

If you are suffering with the loss of a pet here is a Pet Bereavement page with useful links and information -

For advice on what to do if you find a sick or injured seal pup please call us 24/7 on 01481 257261 or visit our helpful webpage -

To donate to the animals in our care please visit - 

To become an Angel Pen Pal Sponsor to sponsor the animals in our care and support our work please visit -

To learn more and become an Exclusive Build Partner and support our Wildlife Hospital please visit

GSPCA - Memorial Garden sponsorship opportunities

A new garden has being designed to be complementary to the new Chapel of Rest. This peaceful and private area will give those who have lost their pets an area to reflect and say their farewells to their friends where ashes can be scattered in the central heart.  It will be accessed from the new stone curved steps or the path on the upper level which is designed for those with mobility difficulties. The Zen garden will set the scene leading to the area protected by fencing and hedging to give privacy during this stressful time and keep intrusive noise to a minimum. This will be a place for quiet reflexion and enjoyment of the scents of the plants, such as Lavender, specifically chosen for their healing properties, highlighting the importance of nature. The woodland area will provide a peaceful area with seating and the water feature will add a calming influence. Our hope is that when they will leave the garden, visitors will feel strengthened and renewed. The border at the front has shrubs carefully chosen in jewel colours to lift the spirits. Substantial progress has been made so far We are indebted to the CEPS team and other volunteers who have made all this possible. Some areas have already been planted and this has made a huge difference and gives a snapshot of things to come.

SPONSORSHIP Opportunities or help donate towards this project and help us help bereaved pet owners

We would welcome sponsorship for the following to complete the garden as well as CSR teams and individuals to help with the digging / planting on site for the new layout.

Some of the items we are appealing for to help with area are:

  • 3 Hardwood Benches £400 each. Total £1200
  • 6 Specimen trees for large planters £50 each. Total £300
  • 3 Tree ferns £100 each. Total £300
  • 1 Memorial granite heart with inscription for centre-piece. Total £400
  • 50 Additional plants for shade and sensory garden area £10 each. Total £500
  • 4 Tonne bags of stone dust for access path £45 each. Total £180
  • 6 Sleepers for landscaping £30 each. Total £180
  • Felt for roof of Chapel of Rest. Total £70
  • Flooring for Chapel of Rest. Total £130
  • Inner Walls & Paint for Chapel of Rest. Total £250
  • Lighting, heating & electrics for the Chapel of Rest. Total £500
  • Altar and furniture for the Chapel of Rest. Total £500

TOTAL £4510

To donate to these much needed project please visit - or for more information and to volunteer to help please email [email protected] or call 257261 for more details to get involved.

If your business or group would like to help us at the GSPCA we have lots of other possible jobs to help out at the GSPCA and to see just some ideas –

  • Painting aviaries/rabbit runs/stable (where possible we do ask for donations to help with paint and rollers/brushes etc.)
  • Painting Buildings  (where possible we do ask for donations to help with paint and rollers/brushes etc.)
  • Gardening / landscaping / weeding (we are always in need of additional tools if possible to help)
  • Help with our memorial garden and chapel of rest  (we do need additional tools, plants, hardcore and sleepers to help)
  • Putting in steps to our pond  (we are in need of additional tools, plants, hardcore and sleepers to help)
  • Building a cage over our pond dipping pond (we have this but will need a team to do - possibly half to full day)
  • Helping in the charity shop
  • Helping sort out and clean some donated aviaries and cages (likely a full day for 4 or more people)
  • General Animal Care
  • Helping with Admin / Reception
  • Help wash and clean Shelter vehicles
  • Cleaning signage and windows around site
  • Cleaning gutters/drains around site
  • Pressure washing outside areas
  • Cleaning out our deep pond
  • If staff have a skill set and can offer training to our team this is always much appreciated
  • Helping deep clean areas
  • Helping gut out, clean, tidy and sort storage areas
  • Building a large poultry run (likely to take more than a day and we do need posts, mesh and concrete)
  • Build an additional tortoise run (likely to take more than a day and we do need posts, wood, mesh and concrete)
  • Lay new floor in bird room & build aviary pens in bird room (we do need flooring, wood and mesh)
  • Redo our disabled toilet area (we do need new bathroom items, baby change, signage)
  • Welding and fixing our barriers
  • Supply and build extra outside rabbit/guinea pig runs 
  • Supply and build safety porches to some aviaries
  • Dig out and build a sleeper wall near our tortoise run (will take much more than a week of a team doing and we do need sleepers and supplies)
  • Running a cake sale/holding an event at the Shelter
  • Taking a stall with games/goods out into the community if a location can be found
  • Help run guided tour events
  • Running a fund raiser
  • Sponsored walk or event
  • Helping run an event for kids/schools

Please do get in touch if you think you can help with these or the many other jobs and projects we have at the GSPCA.

To donate to these much needed project please visit - or for more information and to volunteer to help please email [email protected] or call 257261 for more details to get involved.

To find out how your business could help us at the GSPCA

Our next Volunteer Induction Evening is on Monday 3rd September at 630pm and for details

To find out about our Going, Going, Gone Wild conservation project, Memorial Garden & Poison Garden projects with St Andrews Floral Group please visit -


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