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Adopt-An-Animal

For $35, you can symbolically adopt a patient at the National Marine Life Center! The list of available adoptees is below.
Click here to see a list of current and recent seal and sea turtle patients.
Click here to see a list of former seal and sea turtle patients.
Click here to see a list of headstart red bellied cooters (turtles) and permanent resident box turtles.

Your adoption package includes the following.

  • A personalized adoption certificate;
  • An 8 1/2″ x 11″ profile with photo of your chosen animal;
  • A 10″ plush seal or turtle toy; and
  • A one year “Gray Seal” family membership ($50 value).

It’s a $85 value for only $35 (plus $5 shipping and handling)! Best of all, your adoption donation will help provide the food, medicine, supplies, and care your animal needs to get well and be released back into the ocean. For animals that have already been released, your adoption donation will help provide food, medicine, supplies, and care for the next animal in need. Thank you!

Naming Sponsorship!
Want to help more? Naming Sponsorships are available for many of the turtles. Your $500 naming sponsorship pays for even more of the food, medicine, supplies, equipment, electricity, and professional care that each turtle needs to recover. Each sponsorship comes with all the benefits of a regular symbolic adoption PLUS the opportunity to NAME the turtle you choose, a “Behind-the-Scenes” Tour for up to eight people, and an “Animal Caretaker” Experience for up to two people. For more information, contact Wendy at wwyman@nmlc.org or 508-743-9888 x305. Thank you!

*** Please contact Wendy at wwyman@nmlc.org or 508-743-9888 x305 with your instructions: name of person certificate is made out to and the address to ship to. Once I receive the email with the instructions I will let you know by a reply.***

If applicable useSpecial Instructions” or “Instructions to Merchant” section to indicate to whom you want the Adoption Certificate addressed, and, if desired, a gift message. Otherwise, we will assume the person ordering the package is the person who should be named on the certificate. Also, please use the “Shipping Address” to indicate to whom the package should be mailed. If you don’t see these fields (they don’t always show up)

. Thank you! ***

Shipping & Handling Note: Shipping is via regular, first-class U.S. mail. The $5 cost also includes a small handling charge. The charge is for domestic U.S. shipping only. Please contact Wendy at wwyman@nmlc.org or 508-743-9888 x305 for international rates or special instructions. Please note you can avoid any shipping charges by stopping by the National Marine Life Center at 120 Main Street, Buzzards Bay, to purchase your Adoption Package in person. Please call first before you stop by to make sure someone is available in the office, as we otherwise may be in with the animals. *International Shipping subject to additional charges* Thank you!

SYMBOLICALLY ADOPT A CURRENT or RECENT PATIENT:

Helga Hufflepuff
Helga Hufflepuff
Helga is a female harbor seal weanling that stranded November 17, 2019 in Wellfleet, MA. She is being treated for severe pneumonia, parasitic infection, respiratory distress, hypoxia and stranding. Helga is currently rehabilitating at NMLC.
$35.00
Ginny Weasley
Ginny Weasley
GInny is a female harbor seal weanling that stranded November 20, 2019 in Rye, NH. She is being treated for severe lacerations, puncture wounds, labored breathing and pneumonia. Ginny was released January 7, 2020 at Scusset Beach State Reservation, Sandwich, MA.
$35.00
Cape Pogue
Cape Pogue
Cape Pogue is a female grey seal pup that stranded January 9, 2020 in Chappaquiddick Island, Martha's Vineyard, MA. She is being treated for malnourishment and dehydration. Cape Pogue is currently rehabilitating at NMLC.
$35.00
Molly Weasley
Molly Weasley
Molly Weasley is a female harbor seal weanling that stranded September 23, 2019 in Old Orchard Beach, Old Orchard, ME. She was treated for wounds, respiratory issues and right eye opacity. Molly was released November 20, 2019 at Scusset Beach State Reservation, Sandwich, MA
$35.00
Harry Potter
Harry Potter
Harry Potter is a male harbor seal weanling that stranded October 22, 2019 in Biddeford, ME. He was treated for shark bite wounds, pneumonia, he was also emaciated and anemic. Harry was released December 16, 2019 at Scusset Beach State Reservation, Sandwich, MA
$35.00
Bellatrix Lestrange
Bellatrix Lestrange
Bellatrix Lestrange is a female harbor seal pup that stranded July 6, 2019 in Salisbury, MA. She was treated for emaciation, lethargy, and possible human interaction. Bellatrix was released September 19, 2019 at Horseneck Beach State Reservation, Westport, MA.
$35.00
Fleur Delacour
Fleur Delacour
Fleur Delacour is a female harbor seal pup that stranded June 27, 2019 in Rye, NH. She was treated for emaciation, eye and flipper wounds. Fleur was released September 19, 2019 at Horseneck Beach State Reservation, Westport, MA.
$35.00
Lily Potter
Lily Potter
Lily is a female harbor seal pup that stranded June 5, 2019 in Milbridge, ME..She was treated for dehydration, emaciation and abandonment. Lily is currently at NMLC for rehabilitation.
$35.00
Nymphadora Tonks
Nymphadora Tonks
Tonks is a female harp seal pup that stranded May 5, 2019 in York, ME. She was treated for dehydration, anemia and being underweight. Tonks was released July 17, 2019 in RYe, NH.
$35.00
Snitch
Snitch
Snitch is a male harp seal yearling that stranded May 8, 2019 in Scarborough, ME.. He was treated for dehydration, anemia and parasites. Snitch was released September 19, 2019 at Scusset Beach State Reservation, Sandwich, MA.
$35.00
Fang
Fang
Fang is a male grey seal weanling that stranded April 24, 2019 in Salisbury, MA. He was treated for emaciation, pneumonia, anemia. Fang was released July 10, 2019 at Horseneck Beach State Reservation, Westport, MA.
$35.00
Madame Olympe Maxime
Madame Olympe Maxime
Maxi is a female weanling grey seal that stranded April 23, 2019 in Suffolk, NY.. She was treated for entanglement issues, eye rupture neck and flipper wounds. Maxi was released July 10, 2019 at Horseneck Beach State Reservation, Westport, MA.
$35.00
Buckbeak
Buckbeak
Buckbeak is a juvenile male harp seal that stranded March 3, 2019 in Seabrook, NH. He was treated for parasitic infection. Buckbeak was released April 24, 2019 at Scusset Beach State Reservation, Sandwich, MA.
$35.00
Mandrake
Mandrake
Mandrake is a yearling male harp seal that stranded February 20, 2019 in New Castle, NH. He was treated for parasitic infection, respiratory distress, and dehydration. Mandrake was released April 24, 2019 at Scusset Beach State Reservation, Sandwich, MA.
$35.00
Hagrid
Hagrid
Hagrid is a male gray seal pup that stranded February 28, 2019 in Newbury, MA. He was treated for a severe wound on his tail. Hagrid was released June 18, 2019 at Scusset Beach State Reservation, Sandwich, MA.
$35.00
Patronus
Patronus
Patronus is NMLC's first hooded seal! She stranded January 5, 2019 in Gloucester, MA. She was being treated for malnourishment, dehydration, and infection. Patronus was released in Rye, NH on February 25, 2019!
$35.00

SYMBOLICALLY ADOPT A SMALL TURTLE HEADSTART PATIENT OR PERMANENT RESIDENT:

 
Daisy
Daisy
Daisy is an adult female box turtle that was admitted May 7, 2014. She was rescued from an abusive and illegal captive situation. She is a permanent resident at NMLC.
$35.00
Violet
Violet
Violet is an adult female box turtle that was admitted May 7, 2014. She was rescued from an abusive and illegal captive situation. She is a permanent resident at NMLC.
$35.00
Red Bellied Cooters
Red Bellied Cooters
The 2019-2020 class of 10 Northern red bellied cooters are part of a MassWildlife head start program. They will be released in May, 2020.
$35.00

SYMBOLICALLY ADOPT A FORMER PATIENT:

(In addition to these recent patients, we have dozens more former patients in our archive. Are you looking for a specific animal not listed? E-mail Wendy at wwyman@nmlc.org for more information. Thank you!)

Shipping & Handling Note: Shipping is via regular, first-class U.S. mail. The $5 cost also includes a small handling charge. The charge is for domestic shipping only. Please call Wendy at 508-743-9888 x305 or e-mail wwyman@nmlc.org for international rates or special instructions. Please note you can avoid any shipping charges by stopping by the National Marine Life Center at 120 Main Street, Buzzards Bay, to purchase your Adoption Package in person. Please call first before you stop by to make sure someone is available in the office, as we otherwise may be in with the animals. Thank you!

*** Please use the “Special Instructions” section to indicate to whom you want the Adoption Certificate addressed, and, if desired, a gift message. Otherwise, we will assume the person ordering the package is the person who should be named on the certificate. Also, please use the “Shipping Address” to indicate to whom the package should be mailed. Thank you! ***