The Association CHENE – Centre d’Hébergement et d’Etude sur la Nature et l’Environnement – has been acting since 1980 for the respect and the defense of the wildlife. This name was given in echo of the thousand-year-old oak of Allouville-Bellefosse, a heritage tree, located 2km from the association. 250 species of wild animals are cared for there: injured, sick, or too young to be able to manage in the wild. The association rehabilitates them with the aim of releasing them healthy and autonomous in their natural environment once they are ready to return to it.

Before the year 2000, the CHENE has welcomed several seals: calf seals, grey seals, and even a marbled seal. Some were saved, others were not. In 2021, 203 seals have been welcomed at the Center since 1987.

Every year, the Rescue Center receives baby seals found alone, without their mothers. They are cared for until they are old enough to fend for themselves and are then released into their natural environment. SOCAPS FUND is proud to finance the sponsorship of a seal in order to cover the costs related to food and care.

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