A Tortoise’s Triumph

Categories: Adoption Stories

FullSizeRender (7)When Tilly G. arrived at PHS as an unnamed stray in April 2016, she was not in good shape. The young sulcata tortoise suffered from a debilitating respiratory infection, had a crack in her shell, and was underweight. Our volunteer wildlife and exotics veterinarian, Dr. Eng, stepped in with a treatment plan for the tortoise.

Meanwhile, Karen Sisneros had recently moved to a house with a large, secure backyard with lush greenery, and was ready to bring home her first tortoise. “I think there is something so beautiful, calming and peaceful about tortoises,” says Karen. “I’ve always loved them.”

As big proponents of pet adoption, Karen and her husband searched local shelters and saw Tilly G’s listing on the Pasadena Humane Society website. Once Tilly G. was given a clean bill of health, Karen rushed over to PHS with her family for a meet and greet. It was an instant connection. Karen brought Tilly G. to her home that day.

Tilly G. immediately began to enjoy her garden paradise. She has her own secure housing fitted with a heat lamp and enjoys a weekly soak in a warm tub. Karen also recently planted an edible garden for both herself and Tilly G.

“She absolutely loves her new forever home,” says mom Karen. “We really love watching her cruise around the backyard and we love feeding her organic dark leafy greens and veggies.”

Tilly G. has continued to gain weight, has made a full recovery, and is absolutely thriving in her forever home.