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  Rehoming

 

DO YOU NEED HELP IN FINDING A KNOWLEDGABLE AND CARING HOME FOR YOUR TORTOISE?

CONTACT US HERE

The club work closely with owners across the UK who needs to find a knowledgeable and caring forever home for a beloved pet.

As a team we work closely with you to record important history about your pet to ensure ongoing care is of the highest standard and that we work within the current legal laws, due to their CITES status. (Where applicable).

We are able to help support and train a new home you have found yourself or coordinate the training and movement to a club checked home. New keepers sign to say that tortoise must be health checked once a year and returned to club with circumstances change.

 

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN REHOMING A TORTOISE?

Thank you for your interest in rehoming a tortoise.   Please read ALL of the information on this page before completing the online application form to begin process.  If preferred a downloadable postage version is available also.

Photographs with an application of potential indoor and outdoor tortoise space will help speed up applications.

As a team we aim to make contact within 14 days of your application. In the unlikely event you do not hear from us, please email us again.

APPLY TO REHOME ONLINE HERE

or

DOWNLOAD THE FORMS TO PRINT OUT (zip)

Please be aware that in the majority of cases the tortoise must be collected from NORFOLK, UK

 

ABOUT REHOMING

The Tortoise Club was originally set up to improve the welfare of tortoises in captivity. As part of this aim we actively help tortoises find new homes and offer ongoing help and support to both tortoises and keepers. The tortoises welfare is always the main priority.

 

ESSENTIAL SET-UP FOR REHOMING A TORTOISE

OUTDOORS - Secure outdoor sunny area / secure garden – see the online set-up gallery as well as the set-up care sheet for help. The key to a good set-up is lots of different areas to explore, not just a grass lawn.

INDOORS - A warm dry space with UV heat lamp on bad weather days and either side of hibernation - ideally in greenhouse, shed or kitchen.

FEEDING - Lots of healthy natural food to graze on including weeds and plants (no fruits or vegatables) OR a willingness to collect weeds regularly. 

SAFETY - Fence off ponds and other deep water, awareness precaution and vigilance regarding dangers or predators such as from mice, dogs, cats and rats.

 

REHOMING STEPS IN BRIEF

1.      Initial information pack and form sent to the potential new keeper.

2.      New keeper completes form, ideally with any questions and photos of the garden.

3.      Feedback given to the new keeper from club and guidance on any improvements needed.

4.      New keeper makes final modifications. Proof of amendments to setup and lighting if not purchasing from club scheme is required at time of collection.

5.      Collection of a tortoise is arranged and completion of fostering agreement is made at this point. Essential care items are also purchased at point of collection.

 

COST - You should expect to spend around £100 with lighting to setup and rehome a tortoise. The minimum Compulsory starter pack includes calcium, Nutrobal, Tamodine, temperature probe, seeds £50.  Club shop price list available upon request e.g - UV bulbs £35, silver lamp holders £30

RESCUE TORTOISES - 90% of tortoises needing homes will require special TLC from a new keeper.

WHICH TORTOISE? YOUNG, OLD, LARGE OR SMALL - don’t worry if not entirely sure which tortoise could suit your home best. Complete the form and return it, then one of the rehoming team will be happy to advise according to your situation and garden space available.

TIME FRAME rehoming is carried out by trained volunteers, so busy periods and club events may cause delay.  Tortoise availability can also vary. Tortoises are not placed in homes between mid Nov and mid Jan due to hibernation (some exceptions can apply if tortoise does not hibernate). Checks can be processed during this time ready for spring. If you are considering fostering, early spring and summer times are ideal to allow a tortoise to settle in to new homes. Applications later in the year are considered on a case-by-case basis.

LONG-TERM AGREEMENT - As with other fostering organisations you will be asked to sign to say that you fully understand our terms. This includes that the tortoise must be returned to club if circumstances change – it must NOT be sold.  In the first year a tortoise must be checked by the club a minimum of two times, a minimum of once a year by knowledgeable vet thereafter. Extra health checks may be specified if tortoise health needs to be checked - this can be part of the many check-up days the club organises throughout the year. Check up donation is normally £5.

HOME CHECKING – Checks are sometime requested before rehoming. The club are fair and friendly in this process. Normally an experienced eye can help prevent the more common problems new keepers can encounter. Even after visit we are on hand to help with concerns and questions. Home checks can be requested at a donation of £10.

GARDEN SIZE –Minimum sizes include outdoor min 4m x 6 m. indoor min 1 m x 2m large or small garden, we have a tortoise for you! If you are happy with the keeping methods above, then apply ideally with a few photos of your proposed indoor and outdoor set-up area.

 

Complete via website or return completed forms via event or post Address: Norfolk Tortoise Club, PO BOX 249, Bracon Ash, Norwich, Norfolk, NR14 8WY Please contact us if you have any further questions or for more information on specific areas.

 

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