Adopt A Deer! would like to introduce Gladys (the doe formerly known as #49).  Gladys is inviting you to take a walk on the wild side and Adopt a Deer. She was lovingly named by a Clifton resident whose yard Gladys visits frequently, and who says that Gladys reminded her of a curious (some might say “nosey”) and rather high strung character from the show “Bewitched.” You can see more pictures of Gladys and read her bio at the bottom of this page.

One of the fascinating things we’ve learned through this program is that individual deer have distinct personalities and relationships. We invite you to read on and get to know some of Clifton’s deer –from the culinary snob to the social butterfly to  the fashion challenged, and everything in between!

Care to participate? Here’s how…

Naming (Adoption) Rights – For a donation of $250.00 you will be able to name one of our deer (after a grandchild, friend, mentor, or favorite fictional character or Greek goddess, perhaps?) You (or the person you designate) will receive a Certificate of Adoption, a brief bio, and a picture, and you will be honored on our website. Community members will be encouraged to notify us when they see your deer and give details about what she is up to.

Because more than one person may be interested in adopting a particular doe, please contact us before making your “naming rights” donation to confirm that the doe you wish to name is still available.  Names that are respectful of our program and deer only, please!

Sponsorships – Select a tagged doe to sponsor and you (or the person you designate) will receive a Certificate of Sponsorship and a photo of your deer, and you will be honored on our website.  Sponsorship levels are:

Gold Sponsor – $100.00

Silver Sponsor – $50.00

Bronze Sponsor – $25.00

To sponsor a doe, simply make a donation at the Gold, Silver or Bronze level here or by check and contact us to let us know who you are sponsoring!  

Currently,  we are making the deer listed below available for naming and sponsorship … and please don’t forget Gladys, who has a name but is still looking for sponsors!  More deer may be added in the future.  If you have an interest in a doe not listed below (maybe someone who visits your yard?), just let us know!

Doe #28

This gal’s long legs and erect bearing make us think of a graceful dancer! 

Doe #28 out for a summer stroll with her mother, Doe #29, in Edgewood Grove

Age ~5 as of this posting (August 2018), Doe #28 is hard to photograph solo because she rarely goes anywhere without her family, Does #25 (age ~4), #42 (age ~3), and matriarch #29 (age ~7). Doe #28 spends most of her time in Edgewood Grove and Rawson Woods and the surrounding yards.  She weighed about 150 lbs. at the time she was spayed in December 2015.   

Please contact us if you are interested in naming or sponsoring Doe #28.

Gloria (Doe #1)

Adopted and Named by:  Chris Cain and Linda Goldenhar

Named in honor and memory of:  Chris’ mom Gloria, nature lover and best friend to wildlife and people

Sponsored by: Gloria is still looking for sponsors!  If you are interested, please let Gloria know

We are so glad that Chris and Linda agreed that the doe who started it all deserves a name … and what a beautiful name it is!  Spayed on the very first night of our very first field season in December 2015, Gloria holds a special place in the hearts of the Clifton Deer Team. Aged ~9 as of her adoption in August 2018, Gloria is proud matriarch to her family and constant companions, twin daughters Does #8 and #10 (~age 6), and granddaughter Doe #41 (age ~3, and Doe #8’s daughter). In fact, we’ve given up trying to get a picture of Gloria alone!

A healthy ~150 lbs when she was spayed, Gloria really likes the corn at our bait stations and just might have packed on a few pounds in recent years. We understand, Gloria, it happens to us all as we age!

Gloria and her family live in the woods between Amazon Avenue and Lafayette, and are frequent visitors to yards in and around that area.




 Doe #52

Doe #52, the last doe treated in our January 2017 field operations, is pictured here on a March 2018 walk through Mt Storm Park. About 4 years old as of this posting (August 2018), she is best known for her unique style (she’s often observed wearing her tags wildly askew, as in the photo below), and for following ~7 year old Doe #31 worshipfully around the woods of Mt. Storm Park and the yards of Lafayette Avenue.

Doe #52, having a “bad tag day” 

She weighed in at a healthy ~145 lbs. when she was spayed in January 2017.

Please contact us if you are interested in naming or sponsoring Doe #52.

We aren’t sure if Doe #31 is #52’s mama or big sis, but we are sure that #52 adores her!

Doe #48

Remember the “Pig-Pen” character in the Peanuts comic strips? The sweet little boy who was always very dirty? While we’ve promised Doe #48 that her name will be much more dignified than that, we have to admit the resemblance is a bit uncanny.  Doe #48’s tags are always, irrevocably, dirty.  Day and night, fair weather and foul, she gives the appearance of someone who has just enjoyed a refreshing mud bath.  To each their own, #48, to each their own.

Doe #48, aged ~8 as of this posting (August 2018), was spayed in our January 2017 field operations together with her daughter, Doe #50 (now ~2 yrs old).  This inseparable mother-daughter duo, together with Doe #50’s twin sister,  Doe #58, live in Edgewood Grove and the surrounding yards.

Doe #48 in Edgewood Grove with daughter, Doe #50

If you are interested in naming or sponsoring Doe #48, she’d love to hear from you!







Grace (Doe #63)

Named by:  Garrett Parsons

Named for:  Lauren Grace Stoll

Sponsored by: Grace is still looking for sponsors!  If you are interested, please let Grace know

Grace’s young son, born Spring 2018. Check out those little buttons on his head, where his antlers will grow!

Spayed in our late August 2018 field operations, Grace is our newest tagged doe.  We’re still getting to know her, but what we can say so far is that she is super friendly.  In fact, we think she might be auditioning to become the “Where’s Waldo” of Ludlow, Manor Hill, Lyleburn, and Gano because she seems to be popping up in yard after yard from dawn to dusk!  Age ~3.5, Grace almost always has her young son in tow (check out the ‘buttons’ on his forehead where his antlers will grow next year – that’s how we know he’s a boy!)  We’re anxious to learn more about Grace, so if you see her around town, please let us know your observations!  

Doe #19

For the first two years of our program, Doe #19 was our resident culinary snob, eschewing the offerings of corn at our bait sites that most other deer find so alluring.  In fact, a member of our team once observed her sniffing disdainfully at the corn before turning away with her head held high, rather as though she had expected a four star restaurant only to be taken through a McDonald’s drive-thru. 

We aren’t quite sure what changed, but these days Doe #19 is a frequent visitor to our bait sites. Has our corn gotten better or has she lowered her culinary standards?   She’s not saying ….

Doe #19, aged ~7 as of this posting (August 2018), lives on Amazon

Doe #19 enjoying a meal with BFF Doe #17 and #17’s son

Avenue with her BFF, ~6 year old Doe #17.   The pair is often seen with Doe #17’s final fawn, a now-all-grown-up strapping young buck (who unlike most male fawns, hasn’t yet left his mother).

She was spayed in December 2015, at which time she weighed ~160 lbs.  If you have the perfect name for the idiosyncratic Doe #19, please let us know!

 Gladys (Doe #49)

Gladys out for a stroll in Mt Storm Park with her friend “Thelma,” who hopefully will soon be sporting ear tags of her own!

Named by: Sally Skillman

Named for: Gladys Kravitz, the nosey and rather high strung neighbor from the TV show “Bewitched.”

Sponsored by: Gladys is still looking for sponsors!  If you are interested, please let Gladys know

If you are out for a walk in Mt. Storm Park and have the strange feeling of being watched, it just might be Gladys surveilling you from behind a bush.  Gladys, age ~6, likes to keep close tabs on what her human neighbors are up to and is the first to notice and check out anything and anyone new in the neighborhood.  In fact, Gladys seems so well informed about our field operations (heading deep into the woods with her family and friends whenever our darters come to town) that we have to wonder if she spies our planning meetings!

When she isn’t looking over garden walls and keeping up with the latest neighborhood gossip, Gladys can be found in Mt. Storm Park and the woods between Lafayette Avenue and Rue de la Paix with her family, Doe #23 (age ~5.5), Doe #55 (age ~2.5), Doe #62, a/k/a “Louise” (age ~3.5), and the as-yet-untagged “Thelma.”

Spayed in our January 2017 field operations, Gladys weighed in at a svelte ~145 lbs.  To sponsor Gladys, just give her a shout!

We can all relate to Gladys’ awkward family portrait, can’t we?  



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