Update: Desert tortoises adoption

By Christianne Klein

Published 08/29 2016 03:51PM

Updated 08/29 2016 09:18PM

A recent effort to get desert tortoises adopted is proving successful.

The Tortoise group sponsored a three-day long adoption drive this past weekend waiving the usual $75 desert tortoise adoption fee.

Normally they receive two or three adoption requests per week, but after the 8 News NOW story aired last week, they had more than 170 people fill out forms to adopt a desert tortoise and start the process to build a burrow or habitat for their new pet.

It is a process to adopt. After filling out paperwork, one of the volunteers will come out to your home and consult with you on your yard, placement for a burrow, plants, food, or any other care tips. Once you have a proper habitat, then it's safe to introduce a desert tortoise to your backyard.

Even with the successful drive, there are still tortoises that need a home and the group also wants to remind those who may already have a tortoise or several in their yard, if you can't care for your tortoises or if you're moving out of state, please reach out to them. Their main goal is to educate and advocate on behalf of these endangered species and make sure they're cared for properly.

The group encourages people who still are interested to check out their website for information on how to care for a desert tortoise.

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