NOTE: THE CENTER IS CURRENTLY CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC DUE TO THE CORONOVIRUS. WE WILL UPDATE WITH OPENING INFORMATION AS SOON AS A WE HAVE A REOPEN DATE.
MMCC LA is normally OPEN to the public every day of the year during daylight hours. Animal viewing and parking is ALWAYS FREE.
We serve all Beaches in Los Angeles County
Since 1992, MMCC Los Angeles has served Los Angeles County by providing in house medical care to the more than 8,000 injured or sick seals and sea lions stranded on the 70 miles of beaches from Malibu to Seal Beach. Our goal is to rehabilitate and release these animals back to their ocean homes.
Our mission is important to the health and safety of all of beachgoers in Los Angeles County because there are no protected beaches where sick or injured seals or sea lions can rest and heal away from people. MMCC Los Angeles is the only 24/7/365 safe haven for these animals in Los Angeles County. Our non-profit rehabilitation center survives only by the support of kind patrons like you.
We all share this ocean planet. Help us, help them, get home.
We are happy to report that we have exceeded our fundraising goal for operations through our 2021 busy season!
In December 2019, MMCC Los Angeles announced that it had only the funds to pay its hardworking veterinary and animal care staff through June 2020. To guarantee operations through seal and sea lion seasonal migration, which is the Center’s next busy season (i.e., from January – June 2021), we set a goal of raising $1M by July 1, 2020.
Thanks to a swell of community support, we are happy to report that as of June 1, 2020, we have exceeded our fundraising goal. In just six short months, under the lead of a newly installed, all-female, volunteer Board of Directors, MMCC raised over $1,200,000.
WE STILL NEED YOUR SUPPORT
“Although we have met our emergency goal, the necessity for sustained, ongoing support continues. We are committed to being good stewards of the resources entrusted to us and are taking actions necessary to build an infrastructure for long term success. The outpouring of support has been incredible, and we invite those interested in our animal care and ocean conservation efforts to join us in our continued journey toward long term sustainability.” Amber Becerra, Board President.
MMCC is able to operate only with the ongoing support of individual donors, charitable foundations, local, regional and state governments, and the dedicated support of over 150 caring volunteers who thaw hundreds of pounds of fish per day, scrub and clean enclosures before meals, hand-feeding hungry seals and sea lions, and keep detailed medical records.
We are grateful for your generosity. Thank you.
UPCOMING FUNDRAISING EVENTS:
Thank you to all who joined us for our 28th Annual Seal Day Virtual Event on Saturday, June 27
For those who missed our live feed, you can find it on our Virtual Seal Day webpage, in our videos on our Facebook page, or in our IGTVs our Instagram page. We hope you enjoyed the peek behind the scenes featuring President/Mermaid Amber Becerra, Director of Hospital Operations Dr. Lauren Palmer, Animal Husbandry Manager Lori Olsen, Volunteer Services Manager Heather Turkes, Animal Care Liaison and Board Member Liz Gallowich, volunteer Amber Wimberly, Bill, Kelsey and Mike, our animal care staff who were working with the animals today, and videographers Jaime and Ash who ran the livestream. Thank you to Alex Martin of Moonshot Audiovisual for helping us with the stream!
We give special thanks to everyone who joined in and to all of you for your support.
You Can Help!
Every dollar of your tax-deductible gift goes to MMCC LA.
Our Federal Tax ID is #47-5249182
Visit our new website at mmccla.org
MMCC LA is located on property owned by the Los Angeles Unified School District. Use of the premises has been granted pursuant to the provisions of Sections 17400 et seq., of the Education Code of the State of California to the Marine Mammal Care Center Los Angeles from the Board of Education of the Los Angeles Unified School District. LA Unified and the Board of Education do not sponsor or take responsibility, nor do they endorse any of the activities, statements or opinions which may be expressed herein or at the Center.