Dogs Love Cornwall LivingSpring 2019

From rescue to release

We discover more about the amazing rehabilitation work that the Cornish Seal Sanctuary undertakes.

Situated at the mouth of the Helford river in Gweek, with stunning views of the river and rolling green hills, the seals at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary are lucky to be able to rest and recuperate in such beautiful surroundings. Often pups are split up from their mothers and need time to mature before they’re ready to be returned to the ocean, or the sanctuary takes in injured seals who need to recover before being released back into the wild. In some cases, the sanctuary will provide a permanent home to animals that need special care from their team of marine animal experts, providing them with a future that they may not otherwise have.

There are fantastic local homemade dog treats for sale and Seal Sanctuary dog bandanas”

To be able to visit the rescued animals is a real treat for children and adults alike. It provides the chance to get closer to these majestic animals and witness their unique and playful personalities first hand. Not to mention the sanctuary is dog friendly too so you can take the whole family along, including your furry friends, to enjoy the wildlife and the beautiful surroundings (as long as they’re kept on leads, that is). The gift shop isn’t just for humans either! There are fantastic local homemade dog treats for sale and Seal Sanctuary dog bandanas. There are only a few areas dogs aren’t permitted: the Safari Bus, Seal Hospital and Café, although there is a sheltered outdoor seating area where they are more than welcome.

As part of the SEALIFE Trust charity, The Cornish Seal Sanctuary couldn’t do their vital work without the support of the public. Seal pups cost on average £2,000 to go through rehabilitation – and this doesn’t include those that require special care, such as Ted who came to the sanctuary with a broken jaw and needed surgery, or Harry, who was entangled in netting and wounded badly. The sanctuary is therefore very grateful for all their guests (including your four-legged friends) and donations that go towards helping with the costs of pup rehabilitation and medical care for the resident animals. It’s certainly a cause that is well worth a visit on any trip to the Lizard.


There are dog water bowls onsite, dog bins to dispose of any waste and free degradable doggy bags for you to help yourself to during your visit. There are even doggy treats at reception which the front of house team are always happy to give away!

"There are fantastic local homemade dog treats for sale and Seal Sanctuary dog bandanas"