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Adoption FAQs

Do I actually get to take the animal home with me?

No. The Fort Worth Zoo's adoption program is a symbolic adoption and the animal will remain at the Zoo. 

Will anyone else adopt this animal?

Yes. It takes more than one adoption to feed and care for an animal all year. All adoptions support the care and feeding of the animal residents at the Zoo.

Can I name my adopted animal?

No. All our Zoo residents have names and we are more than happy to add it to your certificate upon request.

How quickly will my adoption package be shipped?

Adoption packages take up to three (3) business days to be processed after the order has been received. Once processed, please allow three to five business days for your package to be shipped via USPS Priority Mail. Through we can't guarantee, please let us know if you have a rush order and we will do our best to accommodate you. Adoption packages are not available for shipment outside of the U.S.

When can I pick up my adoption package?

Adoptions marked "hold for pickup" are typically ready within three (3) business days. After receiving an order confirmation, you will be sent a second email that confirms your adoption is ready. Once you are notified, you may pick up your adoption package from the lobby of Administration Building #1, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. within 90 days of your order date. 

May I purchase an adoption onsite at the Zoo?
No. All adoptions much be done online or over the phone. 
How long does my adoption last?

Each adoption contributes to the animal's care and feeding for one year, but our animal family would love to have your continued support. When your year is up, please consider adoption another animal online.

Adoption plush may vary. USPS is affected during this time and we cannot guarantee delivery dates.

Questions? Contact Lindsey Douglas
Special events and adoptions coordinator
817-759-7332
 
Thank you for supporting the animals at the Fort Worth Zoo through an adoption! As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the amount of a donation that is deductible for tax purposes is limited to the excess of any money donated over the value of goods or services provided by the Fort Worth Zoo. For more information, please reference your adoption order receipt.