Seal the Deal

Make a New Year's resolution to befriend a brown-eyed beauty: Adopt a seal. Every year, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, The Marine Mammal Center of Sausalito, Calif., rescues hundreds of sick, injured or orphaned marine mammals along the California coast, rehabilitating them for release back into their natural habitat. For a $25 contribution to its Adopt-A-Seal program, you'll receive a 5''x7'' portrait of your adoptee, plus the animal's biography and a copy of the center's newsletter Release. All proceeds go directly to the rescue and care of seals, otters, sea lions, dolphins and whales in need. For more information, call 415-289-7338 or visit

— Elisa Bosley