Adopt-A-Creature Frequently Asked Questions
Your donation helps us carry out our important campaign work. Symbolic creature adoptions are also a thoughtful and meaningful gift for the holiday season that can be personalized for you and your loved ones.
Your adoption package varies with your donation amount. See donation amounts below.
- $25: (1) stuffed animal, (1) personalized adoption certificate, (1) personalized adoption certificate
- $50: (1) stuffed animal, (1) personalized adoption certificate, (1) t-shirt
- $75: (4) stuffed animals, (1) personalized adoption certificate, (1) animal fact sheet
At this time, only river otters are available.
Adoption amounts range from $25 - $100. If you would like to donate a different amount and choose not to receive a stuffed animal, you can do so at www.americanrivers.org/donate.
Yes! Please note that if you need to send items to multiple addresses, you should create a separate order for each shipping address.
I’d like to make a donation above the suggested amount, but I still want to get a stuffed animal in return. What should I do?
After you are finished shopping but before you enter any payment information, you will be able to review your cart. On that page, there is a space in the checkout where you can add an additional donation to your total amount.
Your adoption is a symbolic adoption. Your donation is not specific to one river otter. Your donation helps support our work to protect and restore rivers – which helps all wildlife.
We can fit a maximum of 24 characters on the adoption certificate (including spaces). Please enter multiple names if they can fit within the 24 character limit.
Free shipping is via USPS 1st Class mail. For shipping to U.S. addresses, you can expect your package to arrive 8 – 12 business days after you make your donation. For shipping to Canadian addresses, we anticipate delivery 2 – 4 weeks after you make your donation. Currently, shipping beyond North America is unavailable.
It typically takes 2 – 3 weeks for your package to arrive after you’ve made a donation. If it has been longer than that, please contact us and include the details of your adoption.
Yes! Just be sure to fill out the name and shipping address of the gift recipient during checkout.
At this time, packages can only be shipped to U.S. and Canadian addresses. You do have the option to send an e-card or print out an adoption certificate, which you can send anywhere.
Discounts are valid with the appropriate code for any purchase over $25.
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We believe very strongly in protecting the environment. Because of that, our cards are produced using recycled paper and soy inks. Plus, the printer uses 100% wind power for its energy source.
Yes. All donors will receive emails about our campaign work. You can unsubscribe from these emails at any time.
No, your adoption is a symbolic one. Your donation is not specific to one marine creature. Your donation to American Rivers supports our work to protect and restore our nation's rivers. We will keep you informed of our campaign work through email.
Your donation is tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. The amount that is tax deductible depends on the size of the donation and the gifts you receive.
You can opt out of receiving any physical gifts and print off the personalized adoption certificate. Just select “I would like to maximize my gift” and you’ll be prompted to input an email address. You can also donate in someone's name at www.americanrivers.org.org/donate.
No. You must specify your donation is a symbolic creature adoption at the time of the transaction.
Your donation helps American Rivers carry out our important campaign work. Right now, our teams of marine scientists, economists, lawyers and advocates are fighting to reduce overfishing, seafood contamination and habitat destruction.
Contact us and we will get back to you as soon as possible.