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Why Make an Adoption?

Many of the world’s most iconic creatures rely on the ocean for their habitat and food - but our oceans are in trouble, and we need your help to save them. Adopting a sea creature is the perfect gift for friends and family, and supports Oceana’s critical work protecting the oceans and the endangered animals that call them home.

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Adopt-A-Creature Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I adopt a creature from Oceana?

Your donation helps Oceana 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.  You will receive a cookie cutter or a stuffed animal depending on your selection.  See donation amounts below.

$30: (1) cookie cutter, (1) personalized adoption certificate, (1) CakeLove sugar cookie recipe
$50: (1) stuffed animal, (1) personalized adoption certificate
$75: (1) cookie cutter, (1) stuffed animal,  (1) Oceana oven mitt, (1) personalized adoption certificate, (1) CakeLove sugar cookie recipe
$100: (8) cookie cutters,  (2) Oceana oven mitts, (1) personalized adoption certificate, (1) CakeLove sugar cookie recipe
$100: (3) stuffed animals, (1) personalized adoption certificate
$150: (1) plush turtle, (1) turtle cookie cutter, (1) personalized adoption certificate in wood frame, (1) CakeLove sugar cookie recipe, (1) Oceana oven mitt, (1) sea turtle fact card and note from Casey + complimentary gift wrapping
$250: (7) stuffed animals, (1) personalized adoption certificate

What creatures are available for adoption?

Whales, sharks, sea turtles, dolphins, polar bears, penguins, seals, clownfish, puffins and octopuses are available for adoption.

How much does it cost to adopt a creature?

Adoption amounts range from $30 - $250.  If you would like to donate a different amount and choose not to receive a cookie cutter or stuffed animal, you can do so at www.oceana.org/donate.

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 cookie cutter or stuffed animal in return.  What should I do?

Thank you for your generosity! 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 banner with a dolphin image 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 marine creature.  Your donation to Oceana helps us prevent overfishing, protect ocean habitat, and stop seafood contamination – which helps all marine creatures.  Learn more about what we do.

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.  You can also make a donation at www.oceana.org/donate.

How does my discount work?

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

I don’t want to give my credit card information online.  Can I still adopt?

Yes, we can also process your order over the phone. Note that we will still process your payment online. Please call (202) 467-1914 to process or to work out order by mail.

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.

Where are the stuffed animals and cookie cutters made?

The cookie cutters are created by H.O. Foose in Pennsylvania, American Tradition Cookie Cutters in Pennsylvania, Cheap Cookie Cutters in Florida, and Off the Beaten Path in Missouri.  The plush are produced by Aurora Gifts, Konik, and Wildlife Artists. Each owns factories in China and Indonesia that meet or exceed all child labor practices, labor guidelines and human rights standards set forth by the Toy Manufacturers Association.

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.

Who is Warren Brown?

Warren Brown is host of Food Network’s “Sugar Rush.”  He also owns bakeries in the Washington, DC area.  Warren created a sugar cookie recipe especially for the Oceana creature adoption program.

Who is Casey Sokolovic?

A Greenville, NC resident, Casey Sokolovic was a finalist for Oceana’s 2009 Ocean Heroes award. At age nine, Casey became an environmental steward and role model for others her age when she began a sea turtle conservation campaign called L.A.S.T. – Love A Sea Turtle. She has raised over $3,000 for a North Carolina-based sea turtle rehabilitation hospital, in part by selling sea turtle-shaped sugar cookies. Read more about Casey on Oceana's blog, The Beacon.

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

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

Will you sell or rent my personal information if I make an adoption?

No.  You can view our privacy policy here.

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 Oceana helps us prevent overfishing, protect ocean habitat, and stop seafood contamination – which helps all marine creatures.  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. Please subtract the following from your donation total to account for the fair market value of your gift.

Adoptions

  • cookie cutter kit: $5
  • complete 8 piece cookie cutter kit: $10
  • single plush kit: $10
  • deluxe plush (Casey Kit): $15
  • multi-plush kit (3 plush creatures): $20
  • multi-plush kit (all 7 plush creatures): $75
  • Gulf Restoration kit (with Save the Gulf t-shirt): $18

Accessories and Apparel

  • large water bottle: $8
  • small water bottle: $5
  • Nautica shirts: $8
  • 5 pack of rope bracelets: $1

If you would like to make a 100% tax-deductible donation, where you do not receive a gift, you can do so at www.oceana.org/donate

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 send an e-card or print off the personalized adoption certificate.  Just select “I would like to maximize my gift and exchange all physical items for an e-card” and you’ll be prompted to input an email address.  You’ll also receive a copy of any e-cards you send.  You can also donate in someone's name at www.oceana.org/donate.

If I already made a donation of $30 or more this year, can I get a cookie cutter or 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 Oceana 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.

Who is Oceana?

Oceana is the largest international non-profit organization focused 100 percent on ocean conservation.  Founded in 2001, our teams of marine scientists, economists, lawyers and advocates are fighting to reduce overfishing, seafood contamination and habitat destruction.  For more on Oceana, visit www.oceana.org

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.