Submitted by Steve on 10:57, 22nd Mar, 2019 | 0

Today is #InternationalSealDay and with our 6 seal pups at the GSPCA we really need your support.

We currently have an Urgent Fish appeal to help our seal pups for ideally mackerel or herring but any sea fish that has been caught in the last 3 months would be hugely appreciated.

Eating at least 20-30 fish each per day we are going through over 150 fish a day and with the recent rough weather many fishermen that support us have been unable to go out.

Steve Byrne GSPCA Manager said “Today is #InternationalSealDay and at the GSPCA we have 6 currently in our care.”

“We have launched our Urgent Fish Appeal to help our 6 seal pups and to donate fish to the Shelter please drop them off any time day or night, email [email protected] or call 01481 257261 for us to collect them or to donate to buy fish for Hannah, Mambo, Sealia, Gully, Andy and Marty the seal pups please visit or .”

Geoff George Head of Marine Mammals at the GSPCA said “All six seal pups are doing very well at the GSPCA and we have had some fantastic donations but with all the rough seas recently our big delivery of fish is yet to arrive and we are appealing for help.”

“The weather has always stopped us from releasing Marty the seal pup from Jersey who is now ready to go back to the wild when there is a break in the weather.”

To see some of the previous stories about seals please click here .

Some grey seal facts -

  • Population numbers since 1960s have doubled
  • A grey seal pup weighs 14kg at birth
  • A grey seal pup mothers milk contains 60% fat
  • Grey seals can dive to a depth of 70m
  • Another name for a grey seal is the horsehead seal
  • Grey seals are found in the waters surrounding Europe, Russia, North America, and Channel Islands
  • Grey seals can be found in estuaries, inter tidal zones, brackish water, polar and shallow seas
  • There are 18 known species of seal in the world

Steve Byrne continued “We order the fish in bulk as each seal pup eats 20 to 30 mackerel or herring a day but with the stormy weather we have had its been difficult to get fresh fish.”

“We are appealing for help and if anyone has fish caught in the last three months they can donate we would love to hear from them.”

“We are hoping for a large delivery soon and if you haven’t got fish in your freezer then you can still help by donating to Hannah, Mambo, Sealia, Gully, Andy and Marty the seal pups by visiting .”

“We are hugely greatly for all of the donations so far to the seal pups and thank those in advance that will help with this much needed appeal.”

“There are many ways to support our seals and wild animals and we recently launched a fund raising drive for a much needed Wildlife Hospital which can be supported from a donation to buying a brick.”

“If anyone would like to know more or support our wildlife hospital in any way please do give us a call on 257261 or email [email protected] .”

For advice on what to do if you see or find sick or injured wildlife please visit or call 01481 257261

With over 2000 wild animals through the GSPCA doors every year we need your support with our proposed new Wildlife Hospital which recently received planning permission.

This much needed facility is planned to replace a number of old buildings some which date back to the 1940’s.

Last year the GSPCA launched a fundraising campaign for the facility and now the planning has been granted the fundraising for the facility is a major priority.

With just over £50,000 pledged or raised currently there is still a long way to the £900,000 required to build the GSPCA Wildlife Hospital.

There are a number of ways you can help donate to this much needed project –

To make a direct donation please visit -

To Buy a Brick in the new Wildlife Hospital and download a leaflet please click here -

Larger donors or corporates may want to make a larger donation and become an Exclusive Build Partner and to find out more please visit -

We have yet to go to tender for the build which is the next step to get exact costs but for those wanting to help in much larger ways here are the estimated costs for some of the facilities that make up the £900,000 –

Glazing to whole build £50-60,000

Each rehabilitation room £40,000

Central feed kitchen £35,000

Each marine rehabilitation room and access to pool £30,000

Rehabilitation Pool – to be confirmed

Rehabilitation aviaries/pens - £15-20,000 each

Receiving office where the public can drop animals off and they can be admitted and entered into the system - £25-30,000

With 6 seals currently at the GSPCA and over 100 hedgehogs, not to mention many other injured birds and wild rabbits you would think the GSPCA is extremely busy and you would be correct.

Saying this Spring is fast approaching and that means the numbers of animals to come into the care of the Shelter is increasing daily.

The new Wildlife Hospital will help house the 2000+ wildlife that come through the GSPCA doors each year and with our environment a major concern a facility that would help benefit future generations.


You can donate via our page or create your own sponsored event or challenge -

To donate to Hannah, Mambo, Sealia, Gully, Andy and Marty the seal pups please visit - or

To donate to help Harley the staffys life saving operations Just Giving page please visit -

To visit the Just Giving page raising funds for life saving Intensive Care Units please visit or to buy one directly for the Shelter please visit

To become an Angel Pen Pal Sponsor please visit -

To download a Corporate Angel Pen Pal form please click here  

To Buy a Brick in the new Wildlife Hospital and download a leaflet please click here -

To learn about the ‘Buy a Brick’ in the new Wildlife Hospital and find out more please click here -

To learn more about our biggest project, become an Exclusive Build Partner and support our Wildlife Hospital please visit

To donate to the animals in our care another via our paypal page -   

If you would like to help at one of our upcoming events please give Michelle a call on 257261 or email [email protected]

To see some of the animals looking for homes at the GSPCA please visit –

Another way to support us is our on site Charity Shop and refreshment area and to find out more please visit -

If your group or business would like to find out about spending a day at the Shelter please go to -

For other ways your business can help us here at the GSPCA please go to -

On Wednesday 10th April we have a volunteer induction evening and for more information and additional induction dates please visit or call 257261

To see our upcoming guided tours please visit -

To see our Wish List on our website please visit -

To visit our Amazon Wish list please visit -

For lots more ideas on how you can support the shelter and the animals in our care then please visit our fundraising page

To find out more on trips, talks and our education work please email [email protected] or call 01481 257261





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