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annon1151, April 13, 2014 in How Do I...?
How do you adopt a cache?
For cache transfers, use the do-it-yourself adoption tool found at http://www.geocaching.com/adopt -- the existing owner will need to go there first, enter the GC number and the name of the transferee, and then a message is sent to alert the new owner to go to the same page and accept the transfer. No involvement by Geocaching.com or a volunteer cache reviewer is needed.
For more information on cache adoptions, see this Page in the Groundspeak Knowledge Books: http://support.Groundspeak.com/index.php?pg=kb.page&id=54
Thank you very much. Not sure if I can get a hold of the owner but its a great cache and worth a try.
The cache's owner will have to initiate the adoption process. Unfortunately this means that even if the owner quit the game three years ago and does not reply to any emails, you're out of luck trying to arrange an adoption.
If the cache has been abandoned and you can't contact the owner, the best you can do is post a Needs Archive on it explaining the situation and hope the reviewer agrees and archives it. Then you can hide a new cache at the location. Just be aware that even if the owner has disappeared, if the cache is still viable it probably won't be archived.
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