To the editor:
Valentine's Day is a special time to show some heart. Save the Manatee Club suggests giving meaningful, green, and compassionate manatee gift adoptions to loved ones this Feb. 14.
Every manatee in the Club's five adoption programs is a real manatee and has a known history. Most other wild animal adoption programs do not feature real animals, only symbolic ones. Tax-deductible gift adoptions from Save the Manatee Club cost $25 and include a biography and adoption certificate featuring the manatee selected. Also included is a membership handbook filled with photos, facts and information, subscriptions to the Club's official quarterly newsletter, The Manatee Zone, and the bi-monthly e-newsletter, Paddle Tales, and a year's membership in Save the Manatee Club. A personalized Valentine's Day gift card comes with each adoption, and postage is free within the United States. An 8-inch manatee plush toy is included with every gift adoption of $35 or more.
Funds from the adoption program help manatees survive. Each year, many manatees are injured or killed by human activities, including boats strikes, entanglements, and habitat loss. Save the Manatee Club, a 501(c) 3 nonprofit conservation and manatee welfare organization, established in 1981 by singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffett, works to safeguard manatees by assisting with rescue, rehabilitation, and release efforts in America and abroad; helps to expand and protect the manatee's winter warm-water habitat; obtains improved boat speed zones in areas frequented by manatees; and raises public awareness.
For more information on adopting a manatee for Valentine's Day, visit Save the Manatee Club's website at www.savethemanatee.org, or call 1-800-432-JOIN (5646). Also, sign up for the Club's free E-Newsletter, and watch manatees in their natural habitat on the Club's Blue Spring webcams at manatv.org.
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