♥ Your bond with your tortoise or box turtle will last forever, and we are so excited to be a part of it! ♥

If you are interested in adopting from us, simply follow the instructions below and we’ll walk you through the process.

What should I know before filling out an adoption application?

Read. Consume every piece of information you possibly can about the species you are interested in – and I’m not talking about information from pet stores or pet books; I mean real information about their habits and ecology. We know that you will love your new little family member, and we want to help you take steps to show that love in a way that is the absolute healthiest and most stress free for your new chelonian.

Things to think about are: How do they live in the wild? What is their habitat like (humid? dry? warm? cool? desert? grassland? forest?)? What do they eat in the wild? Before you fill out an adoption application, make sure that you are prepared to replicate (as closely as possible, of course) the natural habitat and diet for the animal you choose. The Tortoise Table might be able to help you identify some plants to plant in the habitat you’re building – many you can find on clearance at your local home improvement shop. Don’t forget about water, it’s pretty easy to dig a shallow pond and toss a pond liner over it, held with rocks at the edges to keep the liner from slipping in. Even desert species should have access to a water source. Check out the Tortoise Care Tips that we’ve compiled to help you!

***Know what kind of species you are interested in, and build a secure, appropriate outdoor enclosure where your tortoise or box turtle will live full time. Some species (sulcata, red-footed tortoise, leopard tortoise) will need an enclosure that has access to electricity for their heated winter house. Adopting from CTTR requires a naturalistic outdoor enclosure with tortoise-safe vegetation, housing or hiding places, and access to water.***

Considering a sulcata? Read this first.

Two steps to applying:

  1. E-mail photos of your outdoor enclosure. 
      • Acceptable outdoor enclosure photos show a current dated newspaper or a piece of mail with your name on it – in the same frame as the enclosure (not sent as two separate pictures). Unfortunately, we’ve had people copy photos from the internet and try to pass them off as their own, so we require photos in this manner to prove that they are authentic and current. Unfortunately, we do not have the resources to respond to incomplete applications, and if you do not submit the application form AND photos, we will not be able to consider your application for adoption.

2. Complete and submit the application below.