Adopt-A-Creature Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I adopt a creature from American Rivers?

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.

What do I get with my adoption?

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

What creatures are available for adoption?

At this time, only river otters are available.

How much does it cost to adopt a creature?

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

I want to adopt more than one creature.  Can I do that?

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.

What is my adopted animal’s name?

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. 

Can I personalize the adoption certificate for more than one person?

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.

When will my package arrive?

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.

I adopted a creature, but my package hasn’t arrived.  Where is it?

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.

This adoption is a gift.  Can I have it sent to some else?

Yes!  Just be sure to fill out the name and shipping address of the gift recipient during checkout.

Can I ship my package internationally?

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. 

How does my discount work?

Discounts are valid with the appropriate code for any purchase over $25.

I’m experiencing a website error.  What should I do?

Try reloading the page.  We may be experiencing a high amount of volume at the moment.  If that doesn’t work, contact us and let us know about the problem.

Are the honor and greeting cards printed in an environmentally safe way?

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.

Will I receive e-mails from you if I make an adoption?

Yes.  All donors will receive emails about our campaign work.  You can unsubscribe from these emails at any time.

Will you send me updates on my creature?

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.

Is my donation tax-deductible?

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.

I want to donate but I don’t need anything in return.  What should I do?

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

If I already made a donation of $25 or more this year, can I get a stuffed animal now?

No.  You must specify your donation is a symbolic creature adoption at the time of the transaction.

How does my donation help?

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.

I have a question that isn’t answered here?  What should I do?

Contact us and we will get back to you as soon as possible.