The Sonora Desert tortoise is a typical animal seen all around the state of Arizona but rarely seen in homes as household pets.
Many who have committed to raising these tortoises are now forced to give them up for adoption. Many owners are either moving out of state or they have had other life changing events and are unable to care for the reptiles.
Now, the Arizona Game and Fish Department is feeling overwhelmed about the rise in tortoises showing up at their front door.
The tortoises are not an endangered species, but due to the rise in pet population, they are at risk of a life in captivity without the proper shelter.
The Phoenix Herpetological Society is encouraging adoptions, but only after doing some research on care for these desert tortoises.
You can find more information on adoption requirements and download the forms necessary from the Game and Fish department or by calling (602) 236 7269.