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History of NMMC

The NMMC was founded in 1984 by our Medical Director, Dr. Dennis Wood.  In 1989 NMMC received a grant from oil spill mitigation funds to promote construction of our current hospital and rehabilitation facility.  The California Conservation Corps completed construction in 1992 and our facility includes a medical treatment room, harbor seal pup room, kitchen for food preparation, administration office, gift shop/information center, and nine outside pens for housing animals.

On an average year, the NMMC responds to several hundred reports of distressed animals along 210 miles of rugged, remote coastline.  Typically, we admit between 60-90 animals to the Center annually.

Having only one paid employee, we rely on dedicated and caring volunteers to conduct all rescue activities, day-to-day animal care, and operate the gift shop.  We also rely largely on revenue obtained through donations, membership, and gift shop sales to care for our patients here at the Northcoast Marine Mammal Center.  Please consider making a donation to help us continue our work.