Adopt a Bear

Proceeds from symbolic adoptions support ongoing education, research and public outreach on behalf of American Black Bears in Northern Minnesota.

Bears pictured have been named by staff and are frequent sanctuary visitors!  While it is not common practice to name wild animals, we do so for communication purposes and to help connect people with bears.  These bears are available for adoption through our ‘Symbolic Bear Adoption Program’. Simply click on a bear image to learn more about each individual bear!

Your adoption comes with a 1-year membership, which entitles you to free admission to The Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary and a 10% discount on in-store and online merchandise purchases. Renew annually to stay up to date with your bear or adopt a new bear every year! Please allow up to two weeks to receive you package by mail. Certificate is emailed digitally, typically within 48 hours of purchase.

How Do I Choose A Bear?

Bears are as unique as people are.

Whether you are adopting a bear for yourself or for someone else, the best matches are based on commonalities. We’ve learned that the strongest bonds form between people and bears that are the same gender, in the same age range or those with similar personalities!

A life-long relationship awaits!

Individual Adoption – $100

Individual Membership

Includes a plush stuffed bear from WishPets, a folder with a photo of the bear of your choice, a certificate and biography about the bear (sent digitally), bear fact sheet, 10% off in-store and online at out gift shops, a Bear in Mind membership for 1 year, official ‘Adopt-A-Bear’ sticker, a guest pass for free admission to use at our sanctuary from Memorial Day weekend-Labor Day weekend, official ‘Adopt-A-Bear’ patch and 6-month update on the bear of your choice via our Robly email newsletter.

Family Adoption – $150

Family Membership

Includes a plush stuffed mama and baby bear from WishPets, a folder with a photo of the bear of your choice, a certificate and biography about the bear (sent digitally), generic bear fact sheet, 10% off in-store and online at out gift shops, a Bear in Mind membership for 1 year, 2 official ‘Adopt-A-Bear’ stickers, 4 guest passes for free admission to use at our sanctuary from Memorial Day weekend-Labor Day weekend, an official American Bear Association lapel pin, an ‘Adopt-a-Bear’ patch and 6-month update on bear sent via our Robly email newsletter.

About the WishPets stuffed bears:

  • Every Wishpets stuffed animal is very huggable and super cute.
  • The perfect plush toy for kids of any age and for those that are young at heart.
  • Wishpets make for great companions in the car, on airplanes or even at home!
  • These animal toys are easy to clean, simply hand wash with light soap and cold water.